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When I Said Groupon Could Be Addicting, I Meant It

So, this isn’t your traditional adventure article. I would say that what I am about to talk about is a type of adventure, but not of the traveling sort. A few months back I came across a Groupon for Ukulele lessons. The Groupon was in the five dollar deal section, so naturally I bought it, and no, I did not own a Ukulele.

Clearly after buying a five dollar Groupon for Ukulele lessons, that means one must purchase a Ukulele, so I did what I always do, I looked to Amazon.com; my other favorite website. I managed to find a Ukulele for a decent price that also received great reviews. Upon finding out that I purchased a Ukulele, my husband informed me that he expects me to be able to play happy birthday on it, by his birthday, which is July fifth.

I have no idea how to even tune this thing. I have never played a stringed instrument before. I did however teach myself to play “Walking on Sunshine,” on the Ocarina a couple of months ago, so this should be simple, right?

I now have less than a month to do this and we are in the process of moving to a new home. Our home is sold, but we have not yet found a home to move into, nor do we know which city we are moving to. I should not have procrastinated so much, but then I guess other things have kept me busy.

I see myself, come August, sitting around a campfire while camping, playing a tune on my Uke. If not playing, really pretending to know what I’m doing. Fake it until you make it, right? Nah, I’ve got this, perhaps I’ll post a video of my achievements in the near future. Until then, always look for an adventure, whether it’s traveling or trying something new.

Get Your Groupon On!

Whenever I am getting ready for a trip, or I need a night out for dinner, or a massage to relax, there is one place I look to without fail. That place is Groupon. I am sure that many of my readers will recall hearing me speak of Groupon in the past. Groupon is a site where you can get goods and services, as well as vacation packages, for a fraction of their original cost.

Groupon is located all over the US; some cities have caught on more quickly than others. My home town for instance, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has some Groupons available, but not enough to make me happy at this point. Places like Las Vegas, however, have all sorts of Groupon services and items to choose from.

To use Groupon, all you have to do is add the app to your phone, or go to their website: www.groupon.com. You then type in the location you are interested in, and voila, all sorts of things will pop up. One thing to note is that most goods can be ordered no matter your location, but the voucher will say if it has any stipulations.

When we go to Las Vegas or anywhere on vacation, I always check to see if there are deals on hotel rooms, restaurants, or things to do. Most often we will find several restaurant options. Something important to understand is that most likely the business providing the offer is only making a quarter of what they normally would on the service or item they are offering. Groupon gets the other quarter of the price, because the price is half of what it would normally be. With this in mind, please tip well if you are going to dinner, or to get a massage, etc.

If you purchase a Groupon, always make sure you keep the expiration date in mind. You want to make sure your voucher is good during the dates you are traveling before you purchase it. If your voucher expires, however, you can still use the amount you originally paid, toward the service.

For the business owner who is looking to use Groupon, there are things you should keep in mind. The purpose of Groupon is to help businesses bring in new clientele, however, depending on whom you are and what you offer, most often the people who buy Groupons do not return. They are simply looking for a deal and providing you with fast cash, though it is a fraction of what you would normally make on your provided service. If you are a massage therapist, this could be great for you. If you are a Reiki Practitioner, like me, and people don’t necessarily know what Reiki is, this will bring in some clients, but not necessarily the amount you would hope for.

As a business on the selling end of Groupon, I have had a lot of frustrations with the company. They wouldn’t give me what I wanted in my advertisement; they didn’t like to return my calls or emails. I requested a different account manager and never had my request met, and then suddenly my account manager was gone from the company and I was never told about a replacement. I am not saying this will be your experience, I am sure others have had great experiences; mine just didn’t go how I had pictured.

If you are dealing with Groupon as a client who has an issue, they are pretty great. They tend to rectify issues quite quickly. Usually if there is a problem with the Groupon, they will refund your money. Sometimes they will give you a credit. I have never been let down by the final outcome of my request for remedying an issue with a business.

If you love online shopping and deals, check out Groupon. They can save the average person quite a bit of money on a daily basis, especially if you are open to trying new things. Just be careful, Groupon can become a little addicting when you start receiving discount codes on a regular basis.

For more information on Groupon, please visit: https://www.groupon.com/