Found: Local Daily Deals and Discounts Explosion!

By Caroline Silveira

I love going out to eat or trying new things in the Sacramento area, but it’s all the more fun when you can save some serious cash on such activities! Lately, there has been a little explosion of websites that offer daily deep discounts at local businesses. So, I’m going to show you some of the best websites that offer these deep discounts in our area (or others you may visit) on local restaurants, services and products. This new “genre” of websites has seemed to gain enough momentum and popularity these days to actually be worth the visit!

Groupon.com

The best thing to do with this website is to sign up to receive its daily offer email. Why? Because if they are popular, they sell out fast! This website has a different daily offer from businesses in your area, and if enough people buy it, it “qualifies” so to say, and you get the deal. Hence, the cute little word Groupon.

If not enough people buy it, the offer doesn’t qualify and no one gets it. There are only a limited number of each offer available, so you have to jump on it if you want it, or it can sell out! That happened to me today. They had an offer for a 7-inch cake from Freeport Bakery (either carrot, champagne or fudge) for $12! That is a value of about $27 – a 56% discount! Well, it sold out before I got to it – the website said, “Sold Out, 800 bought.” I’ve also seen offers for massage, local events, pizza, movie tickets, river rafting, etc. You can check the website for past offers to get a sense of what they offer and how many people they need to buy to make it a Groupon!

Here are their simply-put instructions:

  1. Each day we feature something cool to do at an unbeatable price.
  2. You only get it if enough people join that day… so invite your friends!
  3. Check back the next day for another awesome Groupon!

Restaurant.com

This website offers gift certificates for various restaurants at deep discounts. And, what’s so nice about this website is that there are always lots of restaurants to choose from at any time, rather than one deal a day. You just type in a city or zip code, search through the restaurants that have offers, read the offer and purchase and print. And there are links to menus for each restaurant. Most of the coupons are something like you pay $10 for a $25 voucher to the restaurant. You do need to read the offers carefully because they all have different parameters – e.g., many of them exclude alcohol, and many of them require you to spend a minimum. But it is still a really good deal on either restaurants you already love or a new restaurant you want to try.

  • Example: Chops Steak Seafood and Bar, 1117 11th St., offers several voucher prices.
  • You pay $10 for a $25 voucher (minimum purchase of $35), $20 for a $50 voucher (min. $100), $30 for a $75 voucher (min. $150), and $40 for a $100 voucher (min. $200).
  • 18% gratuity added prior to discount.
  • Valid for Dinner, Food only. Dine in only.

LivingSocial.com

Living Social offers a daily deal at a local business, but, unlike Groupon, it seems that there are neither a limited number nor a minimum number to be purchased to qualify the deal. However, I’ve noticed that, since receiving daily emails since they launched in the Sacramento region on 7/13/2010, most of the deals seem to be in the Roseville area, especially for restaurants. I don’t know if that is a concerted effort or focus, but most of the restaurant deals have been eastward. So, if you live east on I-80, I’d definitely suggest signing up for this daily email. This site also offers a really cool feature for sharing the deal: After you buy the deal, you’ll get a unique link to share. If three people buy the deal using your link, then your deal is free.

DealTicket.com

DealTicket debuted in Sacramento August 2 with a delectable deal! You paid only $10 for $25 worth of food at Tuli Bistro (one of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento). The only fine print was that the deal didn’t include tax or tip. This website also offers daily deals at local businesses, the deal offers expire in one day and your voucher is valid starting the next day. The deals seem to operate much like those on Living Social.

I’ve signed up for all the daily emails so I don’t miss out on local deals at favorites or for trying out new stuff to find new favorites! But, if getting emails bothers you, you can check the websites each day to see what they’re offering.

I see this new trend as great for local businesses and for consumers alike. Also, some of them have deals in many cities, so if you know you’re going to be traveling or travel somewhere often, you might want to check or sign up for other cities’ deals as well.

Try it out!

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3 Comments

  1. Christin says

    I think the crazy cat mascot for groupon is good enough reason to sign up!

  2. Caroline Silveira says

    Thanks Christin! I made sure our editors (Lala, that is) snagged the gangsta gold-chain wearin cat, fo sho! So purr-fectly odd!

  3. Laura says

    This is so awesome! I have found a ton of deals already, thanks for posting this!

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