As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m checking out deal sites for any potential romantic getaways for Valentine’s Day.
This foray has reminded me of two things. First, there are way too many deal sites (and deals on those sites) to keep track of. Second, I love them anyway.
I try not to go crazy with them. Some of you may recall my (Probably Obvious) Rules for Social Buying. But I’ll still partake in the savings.
In fact, I just did the math and found that I spent $237 in deals over the past two weeks. Yikes!
Actually, the total is kind of misleading.
First, there was the $89 Groupon for two hours of handyman service. The guy does powerwashing, and I wanted to get rid of some graffiti on the wall in our yard. Definitely a good deal.
The other biggie came yesterday for a car window tinting Groupon. It was $129. But tint makes a big difference here, and Tim made me promise we’d get it done this year.
Finally, and more in the normal price range, there was a good deal for Smashburger at DealChicken.
Tim is addicted to this restaurant. The deal was two $12 vouchers for $12. Since we’re going to spend the money anyway, I figured it would at least go farther.
I have to say that my first experience with DealChicken was pretty positive. Mainly because of the referral/credit system.
You only need 500 points to get a $5 credit in your account. It’s not hard to reach — especially since you can get credits for leaving reviews, clicking on emails, tweeting a deal or even forwarding an email. Yowza.
The best way, though, is to refer someone. Anyone who signs up under you will earn you 200 points. If a first purchase is made, you get another 350. That’s already enough for a $5 credit.
After reading about the referral program, I checked the FAQs, plus the Terms and Conditions. I couldn’t find any restrictions about multiple accounts per household or even spouse referral.
So I had Tim sign up under me and buy the deal. Then I requested a $5 credit, which I got within two hours. I used that to buy the second deal.
In the end, we paid $19 for four, $12 vouchers — plus 6% cash back through Mr. Rebates, of course.
In all, I guess I got good deals. Even if they did cost $237 ($25.15 after cash back). I also feel like my brain can’t hold even one more deal offer, lest it ‘splode. Although then we could get a Groupon for maid service…
I guess it’s back to the old saying: Moderation in all things, including moderation. Aka: Ignore the emails for awhile, Abby.
PS. You can use account credit on social buying sites and still get cash back through rebate sites. And the rebate is based on the voucher cost, not what you pay.