I am cheap. I will readily admit that to anyone.  I used to call myself frugal, but my friends laughed at me, so I fessed up.

In a past post, I introduced many of you to Groupon and the likes, and I was so excited to have the chance to share ways to save money. Fast forward a year and a half.  Still excited? Not so much.  Sure, there are some deals to be found (a month of bootcamp for $30, zipline tour for$60,  a painting class for $15), but man, I gotta tell ya, I have been burned on a couple of these “deals”.

For example, I got a Groupon for 50% off at an “upscale” hair salon in Buckhead (read-expensive) and got the absolute worst haircut/highlights of my life! Dude gave me a fucking MULLET!!! And the subtle highlights I asked for?  They turned out GREY!!!! And I don’t even have grey hair (yet). To add salt to the open wound, it still ended up costing me about $150-with the Groupon!!

Another nightmare was a deal 2 of my out-of-town girlfriends and I got for massages and facials at Soothe Massage Studio. (Read my Yelp review here) Endless broken appointments on their part-once no one showed up for my facial…and my girlfriends were denied their second service.   AARGH!

Twice we’ve been to local restaurants that either denied the Groupon of were out of business.

However, this week, my bud Jen and I went to Circus Arts Institute for an hour and a half “play date” on the trapese, tightwire, ropes, etc. It wasn’t nearly what I expected (flying through the air with the greatest of ease…), but nonetheless, it was a fun evening. We laughed at ourselves (and others behind their backs) and had a fun time taking pics of each other. It was a taste of their ongoing classes, and if I wasn’t already involved in hoopdance, bootcamp, volunteering at the library and 2 writers groups, I would consider joining.

All of this said, here is my suggestion for purchasing those deals that appear in your inbox every day. First, look the company up on yelp. com.  See what others have said. Then decide if the “deal” is something that won’t have lasting effects (such as a bad chiropractor, haircut, lazer surgery, botox–those could really screw you up!) Then weigh the $$ you are saving against whether it is something you would want to do in the first place.

I like Scoutmob‘s buy one get one deals, because most of them are free! And downloadable to your iphone. I get a lot of them, end up only using about 1/4 of them, but still, I end up being out no money.

How have you fared in the online coupon-ing deals? I’d love for you to share your stories, both good, bad and ugly!

Last night, 2 friends and I cashed in our Groupons for a fun night of painting at  Cocktails and Canvas . The deal was for $10.00 you get to paint the evening’s theme, providing your own adult beverage and snacks, they provide the canvas, paint and equipment.  The theme of last night’s class was “Sailboat at Sea”, and since Stef and I have joined a local sailing club with the dreams of one day sailing off into the wild blue yonder, we decided this was a great way to begin manifesting our future.

The instructor “guides” the class and basically students imitate what she is doing. We were given 4 quite bland colors-brown, black, white and blue.  What???? No yellow?? No Red???

Well, of course I would have none of that, so I solicited the help of the “brush washer” to find me some COLOR, dammit! Ahhhh!! much better!

Have a look at the 3 very different interpretations of one theme.

By the way– Do YOU Groupon??

Hey all my fellow frugal followers!   Has the economy got you in a pinch? Unless you’ve vowed to cook all your own meals, not shop for goods and services an only watch cable TV, I think you’ll find some handy-dandy ways to save money here.

Food:  Do you know about Restaurant.com? It’s where you find deals to “Eat. Drink. Save money.” With deals from 50-80% off your bill, it’s hard to go wrong.  Restaurant.com has deals all over the country, so if you are planning (more…)

Varasanos Pizza

Varasanos Pizza

OK, so a couple of weeks ago I told you about Groupons, the new group-purchasing coupon deal.  Did you join????? And if you did, did you mention my name in the referral?????  I don’t think so, since I haven’t been rewarded my $10.00 referral fee. C’mon, Peeps, do me a solid. Join, Dammit!  Please?

Anyway, this weekend, HK and I used one of our Groupon coupons for dinner at Varasano’s, a new and FABU (more…)

Get your Groupon!

Get your Groupon!

While killing time on facebook recently, I came across one of those little ads on the right-hand side of the page-you know, the advertisements that are geared toward any interest that advertisers have found through some high-tech method of scavenging your email or fb page.

The ad was for “Groupon“, a new, and, in my opinion, briliant way of drumming-up business in an otherwise shit ecomony.  The premise is that if you are interested in the daily deal (delevered to your inbox), you can sign-up, and if enough people are interested, everybody wins.

For example, yesterday, my first day of being a “groupie”, the deal was for $40 worth of food for $20 at Feast, a Decatur restaurant that we enjoy. They needed 120 people to sign up, and by 11:am, had about 200. So I got the coupon (again delevered to my inbox).

The beauty of this is (more…)