I don’t know about you, but the Discount Queen LOVES to go out and have fun. Having new experiences makes life more interesting, but going out shouldn’t mean choosing between a fun night out and making your car payment or light bill. There are many ways to go out and experience things like a restaurant you’ve never been too, some pampering, like a massage, or even seeing a live show without causing your wallet to cry the “I’m so Broke I Could Cry” blues.
Here are a few ways to go out and have fun without spending tons of money:
Join Restaurant.com. This site lets you purchase gift certificates to participating restaurants in amounts of $10, $25, $50, or $100 at a fraction of that cost. The “normal” price is usually $10 for a $25 gift certificate. **HOWEVER** I highly suggest joining their site (it’s FREE), and getting on their mailing list. You will then be notified when the company is offering sale on their certificates. Typically the sale price is $4 for a $25 certificate, but I have seen them goes as low as $2 for a $25 certificate. This is when you LOAD up on certificates. They are good FOREVER, they can be EXCHANGED for different restaurants, and if a location goes out of business or stops taking certificates, the company will notify you so you can choose another restaurant. This is a wonderful way to check out a place you’ve been dying to visit, but didn’t want to risk paying full price for the “unknown.” Go to http://www.restaurant.com to learn more and explore all the restaurants in your area.
If you want to do more than just eat out, there are many sites that offer exciting options at a discount. Many of these sites offer discounts of 50% or more for activities like like shows, massages (and other forms of pampering), comedy, and of course dining out. Two of my favorite sites to check for discounts is Groupon and Living Social. However, to save yourself some time and to compare the best deal I highly suggest signing up for Yipit.com. Yipit searches multiple discount sites to find the best deals in your area on a plethora of activities.
My final suggestion for locating things to do at a major discount is Goldstar Events. Goldstar offers tickets to stage shows like Oz, Rent, Book of Mormon, and many others at up to 50% off. They also offer tickets to music productions, comedy shows, tribute bands, and so much more. Be sure to check out Goldstar to explore all the fun you could be having in your own area for LE$$ money.