Now I’m sure most of you have heard of Groupon already. Perhaps you are already a member. But, if not, I’d like to take a moment to spread its Gospel.
When I first heard of Groupon, I was immediately skeptical (as I am with most deal sites) but figured I’d give it a shot. So I gave them my email address and was soon receiving daily emails alerting me to deals in my area. Pretty soon, I was purchasing said deals, albeit still with a bit of skepticism. I figured I would run into problems trying to redeem them, or they would turn out to be not such a bargain…ok, I seem to be getting a little ahead of myself. Reeeeeee! (That’s the sound of me rewinding).
First, we have to go back to January. At that time Groupon offered a discount on a membership to LACMA. For $25 you could purchase the Indie Membership – admission to LACMA for one year for one person. This membership is ordinarily $50. I was pretty stoked about this deal, being an art enthusiast, and immediately bought one. For this specific deal, I was provide a code which I then submitted to the LACMA website. Soon after my membership card arrived in the mail and I was official.
Now the exciting thing about a membership to LACMA is that it also includes tickets to all of the special exhibitions which are ordinarily not included in the general admission. Because of that I was able to obtain, free of charge, two tickets (retail $20 each) to this years blockbuster exhibit, Tim Burton.
|I do not know this woman|
So already, this Groupon is totally paying off. For $25 dollars, I was not only able to obtain free admission to LACMA for a year, but I was also able to score two free tickets to an exhibition that would have cost me $40. Pretty snazzy! And let me tell you, the Tim Burton exhibit is sweet. I would, dare I say, recommend it at full value.
But wait, there’s more! I figured I’d extend the day with another Groupon deal and a more tradition one at that. A couple of months ago, a $20 dollar coupon to Canter’s was offered for $10. So, essentially I paid $10 to Groupon and printed out a coupon that was for $20 worth of food at Canters. Have you been to Canters? If not, go. It is delicious! And a landmark. It’s been in business 80 years. 80!
I was especially excited for this Groupon because Canter’s is not cheap. It’s no Ivy, but lunch entrees are still gonna cost you at least $10. As it was, the bill came to $32 for two drinks and two entrees. I used the Groupon and ended up having to pay $12 out of pocket. Not too bad. Essentially (as I had already paid $10) I got a $10 discount on our lunch. Pretty good for a place I would be eating at anyway.
So check out Groupon and let me know what deals you were able to score. Also, feel free to ask any questions about it, I know it can be confusing.