Oh Groupon, How You Torture Me So!

March 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM 5 comments

Groupon

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a Groupon and nearly let it expire. I find a great deal for a nearby restaurant, but never seem to set a date and time to eat there. I buy a discounted Groupon to the Body Shop 0r Toys-R-Us, (you know the ones for $40 worth of merchandise for only $20), but never seem to go shopping. I set the date on my calendar, to make sure I don’t let it go to waste, and panic when Google calendar alerts me of it’s pending expiration.┬áInevitably I find myself rushing to the store on the very last day the Groupon is valid.

This past week I repeated my procrastination scenario. I purchased two Groupons for photo albums on June 19th of last year and then waited until nearly midnight on March 20th of this year to use them. I chose the photographs I wanted to include in the albums a few days in advance, but I waited until the very night the Groupon expired to design the books. I wasn’t feeling well that night. I laid in bed, suffering from an unrelenting headache, holding my head in one hand and selecting photos for the books with the other.┬áI was so upset with myself for procrastinating, but I was determined to use those coupons. This frugal girl wasn’t about to let $160 worth of credit expire.

I’m not quite ready to give up on Groupon. I’ve ordered a few toys through the Groupon Goods portion of their website. I’ve also ordered a few coupons without expiration dates and even bought a deal for a Starbucks gift card this morning.

Am I the only person who waits until the last minute to use their Groupons? Does anyone else take advantage of these bargains and then find it difficult to use them before they expire?

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leslie Beslie  |  March 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I thought everyone waits until the last minute, that’s why I refuse to buy them. Everyone says “It’s such a good deal” then I also hear “I was too late and let it expire” or “I completely forgot about it.”

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  • 2. Ruby Leigh  |  March 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I have groupon VIP which allows me to return unused groupons. It costs a little extra, but I’ve totally made up that savings with just this feature. I like groupon better than Living Social, because at least groupon sends you the reminder e-mail. Living Social does not, so I gave up on them.

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  • 3. Sarah  |  March 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I’ve been trying to be good about using them. I set my reminders starting a month out and for restaurant ones I try to set a date with a friend after purchasing to use them. My husband is picky so I mainly use with girlfriends.

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  • 4. Newlyweds on a Budget  |  March 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    you just reminded me to use my groupons. two of them expire next month!

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  • 5. One Frugal Girl  |  March 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Glad to know I’m not the only frustrated one out there :)

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