Lately, though, I feel inundated with offers of bargains. I get emails constantly from Groupon and Restaurants.com and some upstarts that are just getting into the business of savings. Plus, one of our sons informed me about Dealnews.com which has a daily list of bargains available, a compilation of information from a lot of other bargain sites for everything from electronics to events to food.
Over the past month or so my husband and I have taken advantage of at least three of these bargains to go to dinner at nice places. Did we save money? Yes, on the meals. Plus, we’ve had good company--friends at one meal near the ocean, and our son at another closer by.
But on the other hand, if we didn’t have these “bargains” available, we probably would have stayed home. Even with the bargains, we wound up paying more than the upfront costs--the amounts to pay in advance to take advantage of the savings. Plus, we nearly ran out of time to use them.
Even today, I saw an enticing ad for a bargain on supposedly the best burger in town. To find out about it, I had to provide my email address. Then, when I checked it out, the day’s deal wasn’t for a burger but for some kind of photography lessons. I felt as if I’d been had!
How about you--do you look for bargains? Where? Do you like the ones you find?