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.