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Thursday Tip | Use Groupon/Living Social when you travel

Groupon and Living Social both ask you to select a geographic region so that they can provide you with local deals.

If you’re traveling, though, you might want some discounts to use wherever you’re visiting.


So, a month or two before your trip, sign up for deals in the city you’re traveling to. Then you can keep an eye out for vouchers that will help you save money while you’re away from home.

Vouchers won’t be plentiful in every location, but signing up is worth a try. It won’t cost you any money, and you just might snag a deal on a restaurant or service you’ll enjoy while you’re away.

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Just make sure to keep an eye on the expiration date. You’d hate to buy a short-dated voucher that expires before your trip!

And of course, remember to shop through a cashback site when you buy your vouchers.

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Thursday 3rd of May 2018

We have saved some money on admissions, but with regard to a restaurant this trick backfired on us. We bought a voucher for a particular restaurant from Travelzoo and made a reservation, but when we got there they were closed for a private event (so much for the reservation!). The next night they were closed too. So we weren't able to use the voucher at all. Now I'm wary what deals I buy in anticipation of a trip.

Diane C

Friday 4th of May 2018

Did you ask Travelzoo for a refund? Under the circumstances, I'd bet you'd get it.

Lily | The Frugal Gene

Thursday 3rd of May 2018

Smart tip! I usually forget to do that but having that as a guide might help you organize your trip better too!


Thursday 3rd of May 2018

This works overseas as well! We have purchased Groupons for London - which is awesome in one of the most expensive cities in the world!

Ms. Frugal Asian Finance

Thursday 3rd of May 2018

Great tip! Hubby and I are planning a trip on the Independence Day weekend. I will need to look up some deals on those websites. Thanks for sharing, Kristen!


Thursday 3rd of May 2018

I don't understand why anyone is willing to use the cashback sites. You are trading personal information for a bit of money; how can that be worth while? (Of course, this is coming from someone who never has and never will have a Facebook profile; the attitude of Facebook towards privacy is truly nauseating.)


Thursday 3rd of May 2018

So true, Christine! I agree 100 percent. It's appalling how privacy is being eroded but many willingly help contribute to its increase.

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