I love it when great minds get in the same groove! Witness Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving. She and I are both having great experiences with Groupon.
I've been a member of Groupon for awhile now, but haven't actually used one of their coupons until last week, when all of a sudden there were two coupons that would save me money for things I'd buy anyway. One was to a local restaurant that my soon-to-be 26 year old daughter already told me was her choice for her birthday dinner. (This is my Halloween baby--it was so great when she was growing up--I never did have to decorate for her birthday!) The other was today's coupon for The Body Shoppe, where I do a fair amount of my Christmas shopping. In both cases, I paid $20 for a $40 coupon. In both cases, I saved 50% on items I was already going to buy, even at full price.
The point of Groupon is to get folks to try new places and new services. From a frugal point of view, this is not always good. It can be hard to resist a bargain on something I didn't know I wanted until the coupon became available. At least in my city, many of the trendiest salons and restaurants are featured. It would be easy to overspend on things I was interested in trying were my finances not an issue.
I'm excited to see what other groupons may be available between now and Christmas.