Online daily deals: Internet good for more than porn

Feel like saving money but don’t feel like cutting coupons like your Grandma? Just like the miracle that is online shopping, companies are becoming enlightened to their customers’ desires: saving money and being lazy about it. Online coupon websites are popping up left and right, providing shop-savvy buyers ways to seize huge deals.

Groupon offers great deals and great date ideas.

Groupon offers great deals and great date ideas.

Groupon

With no shifty selling tactics (their fine print is labeled The Fine Print in giant letters) and highlights of the products and the company they’re advertising, Groupon is dedicated to providing the best deals available in your city without jerky pop-ups or being forced to take surveys in order to unlock the site. Current deals include oil changes, games at Round Rock Express, cosmetic laser removal and super cheap pizza from Southside Pizza in Austin.

From food to beauty to baseball, Groupon covers the whole gamete of possible user interest. If you have a hot date and want to take them somewhere trendy in Austin, check out Groupon to see what sorts of massive savings are available to you so you can save your wallet but look super cool at the same time.

Gilt

Gilt has designer goods at bargain prices. Courtesy of Google Image.

Gilt has designer goods at bargain prices. Courtesy of Google Image.

As the title might imply, Gilt has loads of coupons for expensive designer clothes for incredibly cheap. It’s members only, but really – just register and three days later you’re in. “They put up a different set of stuff everyday at 11 am,” said Zach Zeman, senior and user of Gilt. “It’s all pretty high-end, but if you’re in to that kind of thing, then it’s a great place to get a good deal. I’ve only bought one thing through them so far, but it’s a $75 pair of shoes for $28.” Where else are you going to find a deal like that unless you’re in Chinatown and your purse says Prado instead of Prada? Zeman also emphasized the importance of being quick with your purchases. “The real thing is getting in right at 11 before things get snapped up.”

The founders of the company include eBay executive Alexis Maybank and Louis Vuitton and Bulgari merchandising executive Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. In 2007, the company launched its women’s clothing and accessories line. The men’s line followed shortly thereafter in 2008. Again with the cheapness – look like a million bucks without spending it.

Woot has a new deal on something fun every day.

Woot has a new deal on something fun every day.

Woot

Based in Austin, Woot prides itself in offering some quirky deals along with the normal ones you’d normally need. (What did you expect? It’s Austin.) Each day, starting at midnight, the site offers a new deal that is only available for that day. For example, feel like aSkil Isio 2-in-1 Shrub Trimmer and Grass Shear? Too late. It’s gone. Want whatever they’re offering that day? Just hit the giant yellow button proclaiming, “I want one!” and it’s yours. Spin off sites include shirt woot, kids woot, and wine woot. Basically, they’ve got you covered. No matter what woot you’re into, they’ve got it. Bookmark the site and don’t forget to visit every day for new fabulously strange deals for things you never knew you needed. (Okay, maybe not the shrub trimmer.)

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