Get great gifts at 50 percent off or more with Groupon

Buying a nice gift for a friend or family member doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank this Christmas. For quality items at deep discounts, sign up for Groupon.

Groupon works with retailers in your area, as well as national businesses, to deliver special offers to your email inbox each day. After a certain number of members commit to the offer, Groupon displays a message saying, “The deal is on!” This means you can proceed with purchasing the item. You have a limited window of time to purchase the Groupon, and if quantities are limited, the deal may sell out early.

You can buy Groupons for yourself and/or give them as gifts. Choose the gift option, and you can print out a gift certificate for the recipients or have one emailed to them. Groupons have expiration dates, so make sure you or the recipient use the deal by the deadline. Read the fine print to see if you need to make an appointment or reservation for your Groupon service.

Examples of recent Groupon offers in my area include:

  • a paint-your-own pottery session for $12 (regular price: $25).
  • $15 for $35 worth of apparel at a local boutique.
  • $12 for an 18-inch pizza and two drinks at a local pizza chain.
  • $24 for three lessons at a dance studio (a $130 value).

In addition to local, daily deals, Groupon also sends out other offers for merchandise, vacations and services from regional and national businesses. For example, you could purchase a 16-inch by 20-inch photo reproduction on canvas online from a national vendor for $39 (a $125 value). You could also buy a one-night stay for six people at a Wisconsin water park lodge, including water park admission, a pizza meal and late checkout. The $298 value was priced at $149 and sold out.

Not sure what your gift recipients want for Christmas? Give a Groupon gift card so they can select their own deals.

When snagging Groupon deals, get the most bang for your buck by taking advantage of rewards programs that give you cash back or frequent flyer miles on your Groupon purchases. For example, Delta SkyMiles Shopping is currently offering 12 miles for every dollar spent at Groupon. Ebates is offering 6 percent cash back.

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