5 Reasons Why You Should Still Be Using Groupon

You can save more with stacking coupons and cash back sites, plus support local businesses.
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With all the different marketplace sites these days, it might feel overwhelming to branch out and find a new one. But if you've been neglecting Groupon, you're missing out. From local experiences, to national services, and even a variety of goods, you'll find great offerings — and savings! — on the site.

Check out our guide below for more information on why you should use Groupon offers, how the site works, and some tips to help you shop with confidence.

How to Use Groupon

If you want to start using Groupon, you'll need to sign up for an account. You can also download the Android or iOS app. Using the Groupon app is just like using the site, in that you can search, purchase, and redeem Groupon deals right from your preferred device.

Search for local deals or see what other cities have to offer. The latter option is especially helpful if you're looking for things to do on vacation, but Groupon is also a good way to discover new things to do locally. You can find more information about all things Groupon on their FAQ page.

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Shopping Groupon Deals

It's More Than Just Services

Groupon may be best known as a place to purchase vouchers and coupons for services, but the site has more to offer now. In fact, you can find a ton of different products to purchase on Groupon, including items like wine, fragrances, name-brand headphones or earbuds, lunch boxes, pet beds, and mini tools. Discounts range from 11% off to 80% off or even more — it just depends on what you're shopping.

Groupon discounts range from 11% off to 80% off or even more — it just depends on what you're shopping.

One thing to keep in mind about Groupon deals is that they should denote if they're ending soon. Pay attention to the listings — in addition to the price and savings, you'll also see a notification if the deal will be ending shortly, like in a matter of hours. You'll see if an offer is selling fast, as well, so don't wait too long if there's an item you're interested in purchasing!

You Can Save Extra

As Groupon offers discounts, you may not think there's any leeway on how much you can save. But the truth is you can stack some promotions with other Groupon coupon codes, or even use cash back sites like Rakuten to earn cash back on eligible purchases.

Not every offer will qualify for these extra savings, but before you make a purchase, it's a good idea to check.

Groupon Helps You Gift Experiences They'll Remember

If you've ever had a hard time shopping for someone, then you've likely had to consider gifting an experience rather than an item that your recipient might not use. Fortunately, this is where Groupon really shines.

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Choose from all kinds of experiences, including spa days, hair treatments, concert tickets, and amusement park packages. You can even look for experiences that meet specific criteria, such as those that are under $30 — think bowling, golf, and paintball sessions. Plus, you can use some of these Groupon deals at national chains, so you aren't necessarily restricted to the locations in your area.

You Can Try New Things (Almost) Risk-Free

If you've always wanted to try out a specific class or experience, you may want to look into Groupon before you go all in. For instance, at the time of this writing, we found local deals for swing dancing lessons, vouchers for one scuba diving lesson, and even martial arts classes. In addition, we saw Groupon offers like a premium yearlong membership to Craftsy for only $8.

Considering you often can try one class or session, or get a super-low rate for a premium membership, these deals are pretty much risk-free. The big thing to pay attention to is how long the Groupon vouchers are good for. Many tend to expire after 120 days, so you'll want to be sure to use them before you lose them!

You Get to Support Local Businesses

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons you should be shopping Groupon deals is because it's a good way to offer support to local businesses. If you've been hesitant to try a local business, finding a discounted voucher can be a good incentive to finally take the plunge.

You can stack some promotions with other Groupon coupon codes, or even use cash back sites like Rakuten to save even more.

Once you've used your voucher, you may find that the business is one of your favorites. And then you'll be confident in handing over more of your hard-earned cash to support a new business you love.

Other Tips for Shopping on Groupon

Review the Reviews

When you see a great deal, it can be super tempting to jump on it right away, especially if it's noted as being almost gone. But the truth is you need to take the time to read the reviews on the offer before you add it to your cart. If customers have experienced any problems with redemption or other issues, this is likely where they'll mention them. Knowing about those ahead of time can save you from purchasing a dud deal. Even if you come across a deal that's harder to redeem, reading the reviews may give you tips on how to make the process easier.

Read the Fine Print Before You Buy

As with other similar purchases, you'll want to read the fine print before you purchase a Groupon deal. There may be stipulations when it comes to redeeming the offers, whether they're only valid for a certain amount of time or on select dates. Before buying one of these deals, make sure that you'll be able to use the voucher when and where you want.

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Beware of Businesses Being Overwhelmed

If you're eyeing certain promotions, beware that if they're particularly popular, you may have trouble redeeming them. Yes, the businesses should still honor them. But you may find that if they're overwhelmed, it could be hard to find a time that works with your schedule to use the voucher.

This is particularly important if you're seeking out experiences or services in areas that aren't nearby. For instance, if you're heading on vacation and want to take part in a local experience, you'll want to make sure you can actually book it while you'll be there.

Ready to see what Groupon has to offer? Check out the best Groupon deals available right now!

Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

Julie's work has been featured on CNBC, GoBankingRates, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, Money, The New York Times, Real Simple, US News, WaPo, WSJ, Yahoo!, and more. She's extolled the virtues of DealNews in interviews with Cheddar TV, GMA, various podcasts, and affiliates across the United States, plus one in Canada.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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