Taking on the big city of Chicago has been a challenge for most of us. There is so much to see and it’s hard to know where to start or where to go next. Since moving here I have found my new partner in exploring Chicago: Groupon. This app has not only given my friends and I ideas about where to explore in Chi, but also saved us money.
Living in a big city makes it impossible not to spend money, even as a broke college kid. It is hard to choose between a new pair of shoes (because the salt ruined your old ones) and your need for a satisfying meal that isn’t from the dinning hall. Oddly enough, we can have both. Through Groupon, one can shop for deals at restaurants, reservations, services, hotels, all-inclusive vacations and even for goods at a steal. It basically does it all for an affordable price. It never gets old either because there are new deals everyday.
Groupon started off as a small company in Chicago promoting a two for one coupon for pizza at Motel Bar. Now it is in 1,000 cities and 48 Countries World Wide. As businesses want to get customers in the door they partner with Groupon to promote their business by making a Groupon available. A Groupon is a large coupon that is bought for about half the price of what it is worth. There may be a Groupon offered for an establishment for 15$ that after purchased is worth 30$ at that select store or restaurant if bought through Groupon.
With the Groupon app locating where you are, it can also tell you restaurants around the area that are offering Groupons. These Groupons are then bought online before going to the restaurant and the only catch is that you must use it all in one visit. This has been helpful in deciding where to eat and in trying new places.
There are also Groupons for services and attractions. I once paid 30$ for an hour massage that would usually go for 90$ just by purchasing it through Groupon. Otherwise there are plenty of museums and other places to explore offering half off admission through Groupon.
Its amazing how in the world we live there is a company that gives us a starting place to look for deals on almost anything to make everything in this expensive world affordable.
Groupon. (2014 January 21). About Groupon. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr2L307lJBg