The first time I really heard much about Groupon was among the moms hanging out at various home-school functions that Skye was doing.
It seemed like a great idea, but i I don't often use regular coupons because they're usually for things that I wouldn't typically get or with conditions not worth the savings. So I pretty much blew of the concept.
Relatives of Groupon
I was at a restaurant and saw an ad on one of those little stand up displays on the table that said I could get $15 off just by downloading this certain App and then saying I was eating at the restaurant. That seemed simple and innocent enough. So I did and it worked.
Maybe I should re-think this whole coupon concept.
I joined Groupon, Scoutmob, Active.com, and LivingSocial, and probably a couple others that I've forgotten about. And I have legitimately saved money buying things I normally would and going to places I wanted to go at the time I wanted to be there.
I have also ended up at restaurants at odd hours, sometimes dragging Cindy and Skye along for an evening out when we were all pretty tired and would have stayed in if it weren't the last day to use the money saving coupon I had already paid for. And we ended up at a couple events that I was just marginally interested in, which I did end up enjoying and was glad to have went.
But for the most part, I had a pretty good track record. That is until I went on a Groupon shopping spree.
It's not that I made purchases I wouldn't normally use, its more what changed in our living situation. I started working practically non-stop on Revolution and as soon as I was finished Cindy started working practically non-stop on her job and our time in Atlanta was coming to an end.
So, now with a week and a half before we hit the road with no ultimate destination and not much of an itinerary, I have a couple's retreat to a local spa, some sushi dinners, and a scuba diving certification class to cram in and test for, (when I called a couple of weeks ago they told me the certification typically takes 4-6 weeks of weekly classes and additional practice dives. I told them I was living by the month's end. They were kind enough to do accommodate me with 3 four-hour one-on-one intensive classes with me doing extra studying out of class, plus a referral letter so that I could do my final open-water exam where ever I ended up.)
Add to this equation, the fact that Cindy's job has her in Alabama and Tennessee much of this month.
Needless to say this has added to the already complicated "moving"/ nomadic living adventure/process.