Discount Dating

20 Feb

If you’re Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you know that Kourtney’s latest coupon addiction proved that people love discounts, even if it’s on stuff you don’t need (she was buying massive amounts of toilet paper while living in a hotel). She ended up spending more money than she was saving.

Coupons are really only effective if you’re using them on things you would buy normally. Which is why I love the Groupon phenomenon. What did my inbox look like before the days of Groupon, LivingSocial, Eversave and Travelzoo? How did I justify paying full price on dinners, manicures and yoga?

Drew and I had the perfect date night on Friday using only things purchased on Travelzoo. We went ice-skating at Frog Pond (located in the Boston Common), which I have been dying to do for years. Our Travelzoo deal included 2 admission passes ($10), skates ($18), hot chocolate ($5) and a pass to cut the line ($14). That’s a $47 value that cost $25 on Travelzoo.

We then went out to dinner at Cafeteria, a cozy restaurant on Newbury Street with a “cafeteria themed” organic menu. Our Travelzoo deal included 1 appetizer, 2 entrees and a dessert. That’s a $77 value that cost $29 on Travelzoo. All in all, we paid $54 for a night that was valued at $124, on a date we would have gone on anyways. Not bad for a Friday night out in Boston.

Next Up: Parker’s Restaurant, located in the Omni Parker House in downtown Boston, home of the invention of the Boston Cream Pie, and the rumored location of JFK and Jackie O’s engagement. The value of this coupon is $128, and I only paid $59. BOOYA.

Disclaimer: Research shows that using an online coupon on a first date is considered cheap, tacky, and unsexy. As a general rule, a relationship needs a firm foundation before couponing can begin.

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2 Responses to “Discount Dating”

  1. Sassy McFiddlesticks February 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Sassy’s Date Tip #236: Whilst galavanting upon the town – be it Newbury St. or, the admirably more posh, Anderson St. – a gentlemen will insist that his coif is neat, his scent entrancing and the brandy is old. He delights his lady and a behaviour that is becoming of himself and the beauty of her company. However, he should never, ever root through her purse for spare bullion while she attends to her needs in the powder room; a gentlemen will simply say “I forgot my billfold” and remind himself to do better at their next soiree.

    Until next time, keep it *Sassy*

  2. Molly February 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    We could not survive NYC prices without using discount dates! We just used one Saturday for a buy 2 for $25 mussel pots at The Mussel Pot on Bleecker. The ones we ordered were each prices individually at $25. It’s funny you compared this to Kourtney’s couponing habit because I tell everyone I practice “extreme grouponing.” Thanks for the tip to check out travelzoo!

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