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Why the Groupon Deal of the Day is Great for Budget-Minded Travelers and General Consumers
Groupon's Incredible Money-Saving "Deal of the Day" Brings the Coupon Concept to a Whole New Level


by Eric H.,
Groupon rhymes with coupon but that's where the similarities end.

Taking a supersized version of the coupon into an Internet-based 21st Century, Groupon has created an amazing "Why didn't I come up with that idea myself?" concept:  offer a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a variety of cities across the United States. The part that makes Groupon so special, however, is that the deal is only good if enough people sign up for that day. If that happens, you'll receive bargains that, frankly, we, at, rarely see, anywhere. Like up to 90% off the regular price!  This is, no doubt. good news for travelers and consumers, in general, looking to come up with big bargains in a down economy.

Visiting the Groupon site is a blast, too, as deals of the day feature appealing photographs and humorous descriptive text of that given business, and an hour glass showing how much time is left to "sign up."  If the deal has closed, you'll see a "Oh no... You're too late for this Groupon!"  Nice to see a business like Groupon having a good time, en route to allowing customers to have a good time by choosing "cool things to do" locally.. and saving money, big time.

Because is a travel site, we wholehertedly recommend checking back into Groupon frequently to find the best deals related to New England trip planning, including bargains of the day in New England cities like Boston, Hartford and Providence. More New England communities will be included soon, according to a Groupon contact I recently spoke with.

We are truly impressed that Groupon really taps into the "local" scene by featuring many places that the "locals" favor like Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Somerville, Mass., the amazing Nashoba Bakery in Concord, Mass., the world-class Museum of Fine Arts Boston, whale watching at Cape Ann Whale Watch in Gloucester, Mass., fresh produce from Marshall's Fenway Farm in Boston, and golf at the Cape Cod Country Club in Falmouth, Mass. This is great news for those who are in search of something that goes beyond generic and obvious in New England and beyond.
It is also great for small, local businesses to leverage the power of Groupon  -- more customers buying from independently-owned businesses in our great New England towns and cities (and beyond) means more money stays in our communities. We're glad that Groupon is playing a healthy role in helping stimulate our economy, as small businesses are a lifeblood of our country! 

We're a bit of a cynical and cautious bunch here in the newsroom, so it's noteworthy that Groupon was a "love at first sight" for us. We are thrilled that a big business like Groupon has tapped into real local businesses for us to visit, and passed along the savings to us. We'll be using Groupon a lot for our New England travel, and for other parts of the country as we have been finding that traveling justs gets more and more expensive. Groupon, on the other hand, is like a money-saving remedy. The deals are just too good to pass up on and the process is fun -- even for stingy New Englanders like us.


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