Five Deals to Get You Out On the Town

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The weekend is almost here. Doesn’t a fun day out on the town sound like a great way to spend your Saturday? Sounds a bit pricey, huh! Well, it doesn’t have to be, if you know where to look.

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So go on, get out and enjoy your neighborhood this weekend. And to help you do that, here’s five favorite Local Deals websites that will have you out the door and enjoying the local ambiance before you know it. And with these money-saving deals, have enough leftover to also book a relaxing spa-day – with another discount deal, of course!

1. Restaurant.com: At these prices, you can take the whole family out to dinner. Don’t know where to dine? Let Restaurant.com help you chose, and with the savings, everyone gets dessert! Use promo code TRIP through today, March 8th, and you can buy select $25 vouchers for only $3. The $3 menu not making your taste buds happy? Then pick from their “non-super-discounted” $10 menu. Still a great bargain for dinner on the town. Looking for a dining idea to go with your Restaurant.com deal? Check out Restaurant.com’s The Dish for a twist on this weekend’s dinner plans.

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Better yet: Purchase through Mr. Rebates and get an additional 25% cash back!

Learn more about Restaurant.com at Let Restaurant.com Get Dinner Tonight!

2. Groupon: A Groupon Deal might just have you enjoying a Paintball Day Adventure in Maryland, exploring The Kreeger Museum in Washington DC, watching a New Orleans VooDoo football game, or taking the kids to The Original Renaissance Pleasure Fair in Irwindale, CA. You just don’t know what you are going to find at Groupon. When on the home page, click on the All Deals tab to get a profile of all the local deals, not just the featured deal. Who knows? You might just find yourself having a blast at the Funk-A-Palooza concert in the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.

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Better yet: Purchase through Mr. Rebates, and get an additional 6% cash back!

Learn more about Groupon at Are You a Groupon Groupie?

3. Gilt-City: Get on board with Gilt City and get in on deals like UnCork It Wine Tasting Classes in Chicago, late night sushi at the Red Lantern in Boston, enjoying a concert by Best Coast in Seattle, or tickets to Tony Bennett’s Tennis Event and Benefit Gala in Key Biscayne, FL. Gilt City brings you memorable adventures and exclusive offers, all at prices you’re sure to remember for years to come. Let Gilt City help you enjoy your city more. You might even score tickets to that band you’ve always wanted to see!

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Better yet: Purchase through Mr. Rebates and get an additional 5% cash back!

Learn more about Gilt CIty at Is Gilt Your Guilty Shopping Pleasure?

4. AmazonLocal: Save up to 75% off new adventures or old favorites with the deals at AmazonLocal. Join the AmazonLocal family and score a deal that might just have you dining on Italian at Trattoria Guiseppe in Edgemont PA, enjoying a spa treatment at Skin Care by Danielle in Boise, getting your hair done at DC Hair Studio in Parker CO, or sweating to the beat with One Month of Unlimited Cross Fit Classes in Exton PA. Adventure more your style? They’ve got that too.

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Learn more about AmazonLocal atLoco For AmazonLocal?

5. CouponMap by Coupon Cabin: How easy is this? Put in your location, and up pops a location-generated list of coupons, conveniently mapped for you! All those local coupons are just waiting for you to print and use. So go on, look around and you might just find yourself enjoying a new restaurant this weekend. Get your nails done at Anthony Vince Lifestyle Nail Salon and Spa. Enjoy Greek food for dinner at Kyriaki’s. Better still – at these prices, you can do both! Get your nails done in morning, and then show them off at dinner, all for less than you would have spent without these coupons. Sweet!

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Learn more about Coupon Cabin at Get Coupon Cabin Fever.

Want to learn more about Mr. Rebates? Read Save More With Mr. Rebates.

So sign up today, and by tomorrow, start enjoying everything your town has to offer – for less! Now that’s a deal worthy of a night out on the town!

Are you a member of any of these Local Deals websites? Do you plan to join one, or perhaps all five, now? Let us know what your experiences are in the Comments section below.

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5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Have someone special you want to surprise this Valentine’s Day? Don’t want to give the “standard” gift of flowers and chocolate? Here’s 5 gift ideas for all budgets to add pizzazz and sparks to your gift giving plans!

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1. Cozy Wine and Dine: Who doesn’t love a fabulous home cooked meal with their loved ones? Channel your “inner-gourmet” with a glam new recipe and a bottle of wine to go with it. Where to find that recipe and wine? Try these sites:

  • Gilt Taste: Find tasty recipes ready to cook as well as tips on preparation and food items to purchase at Gilt Taste. Be sure to check out the gourmet food deals to compliment your menu. A boon for the foodie in you. A mouthful of happiness for your someone special!
  • Gilt Wine: Find a wine that best compliments your gourmet meal with Gilt Taste’s weekly wine deals. Make your oenophile’s taste buds happy.
  • WinesTilSoldOut: Follow your home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine. And why not get that wine at a steal! If you don’t have a discount wine store nearby, there’s plenty of tasty wine deals here.

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2. A Night on The Town: Don’t want to channel your inner chef? Why not try out a fab new restaurant without breaking the bank? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights for restaurants, so if you are planning an evening on the town, make sure you plan ahead with reservations. However, if crowds aren’t your pleasure, why not celebrate another night? Consider an early Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday. Or perhaps a nightclub the following Saturday. These websites offer daily delectable deals perfect for your night out. Sign up and have the latest offers delivered straight to your e-mail:

  • Groupon Deals: Find yourself eating up a great deal at a Zagat rated gastronomically delightful restaurant special discovered at Groupon.
  • Gilt City: Dance the night away with specials of all kinds and make it a night on the town to remember thanks to a Gilt City special.

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3. Baubles and Trinkets: Looking for a “gift from the heart” for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart? Perhaps a hand-crafted necklace is the answer for a special woman in your life. And for that special man, here’s a few ideas too!

  • Gilt Gifts for Women: Finding the right necklace can be a bit overwhelming. Why not let Gilt guide you to the perfect piece, and save enough to also get those matching earrings!
  • Gilt Gifts for Men: Find a sweet Valentine’s gift for that sweet man with Gilt Men’s gift guide.
  • Etsy: Want a gift as unique as your someone special? Etsy might just have it! Let Etsy’s artists and crafters’s Valentine’s Day Gift guide find you the perfect “something special.”
  • RetailMeNot Idea List: Stumped for ideas? Then why not let RetailMeNot be your guide. RetailMeNot has compiled an extensive list of shopping ideas in a variety of categories, all at bargain prices! You gotta love that deal!
  • Gifting Grace: Still not sure what to get? Perhaps Gifting Grace’s Valentine’s Day gift guide will have the answer. Be sure to check for coupons with RetailMeNot! Right now, use GG25D to can get 25% off a $100 purchase.

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4. Framed Memories: A gift that keeps on showing the love! Favorite photos can become great budget conscious gifts. Create a custom 2012 calendar, photo album or coffee mug that shows your love for months and years to come. Simply upload your photos to one of the several online digital photoshops and let them help you create a truly custom gift. Sites such as Shutterfly make it easy.

  • Shutterfly: Act fast to take advantage of Shutterfly’s current sale on “all gifts photo” and to ensure an on time delivery. Don’t forget coupon code SHIP30 for free shipping and Mr. Rebates for an additional 5% cash back rebate!
  • Target Photo: Need a last minute photo gift? Upload your photo to Shutterfly, and then with the “Print Local” feature, have your photos printed at Target that same day. Then drive on over, pick up your photo, and head over to Target’s Home Goods section for the perfect picture frame. Shazaam! A great last minute gift. Don’t forget to print your applicable Target Photo Coupon for additional savings.

5. Weekend Getaway: How about a romantic escape to reconnect with your special someone? Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday, not a weekend this year, but that’s ok! Gift a weekend getaway in a Valentine’s Day card, and escape the following weekend. Several sites offer great deals to satisfy most tastes and budgets from romantic to adventurous, fireside charm to waterside wonders:

  • Groupon Getaways: From coast to coast, and overseas too, find vacation bargains for as much as 50% off at Groupon GetAways. Escape with a $129 special for a $258 Bed & Breakfast in the Colorado San Juan Mountains, or a fab $129 price for a $218 beachfront hotel in Fort Myers FLA.
  • Hotels.com: A great source for hotels near and far! Follow the Deal-of-the-Day and you might just score as much as 50% off a chic downtown escape. Use coupon code REBATES12 for additional savings of between $20 – $100 on any Hotels.com booking right now.
  • Jetsetter: Looking for just a little bit “more” in your weekend getaway? Jetsetter has quite a selection of sweet escape deals to choose from!
  • Budget Travel: Just not sure what to do? Budget Travel has lots of great ideas that are the “Real Deals” at at these prices.

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Just remember: if you are ordering items online, don’t wait until the last minute. They might not arrive in time for your special day! Also don’t forget to check RetailMeNot for new coupon codes and Mr. Rebates for additional rebates before you complete any online purchase.

Want to learn more about Gilt, RetailMeNot, Groupon or Mr.Rebates? Check out these prior blog posts for full details:

Do you plan to do anything special for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift idea? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

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