5 Things to Consider When Purchasing Deal of the Day Coupons

Ron Smith is an avid frugal hacker and couponer who enjoys sharing his tips related smart shopping and money management.

According to Statista, an Internet statistics company, Americans spent over $289 billion online last year. That’s a lot of shopping. And while many people know the benefits of purchasing at retail websites and outlets like Amazon and eBay, not as many know about the great offerings at deal of the day sites. Typically, they feature discounts on services and products in specific areas, occasionally offering nationally available products as well. The discounts have a wide range, frequently exceeding 50%. Before you hop on and start spending, though, there are several things to be aware of. Read on to learn more.

1. You Can Save Lots of Money
Deal of the day websites present a great many opportunities to save on a wide range of products and services. Frequent deals include discounts on restaurants, entertainment, and hotel accommodations; plus ways to save on vacations, personal computer accessories, and even self-help professional courses.

2. You Have A Lot of Options
In order to maximize your savings, 8coupons collates deals from all major deal of the day websites. There’s Groupon, LivingSocial, Half Off Depot, and more. It won’t take long to filter through the deals that don’t apply to you, so sign up and take advantage of the ones in your wheelhouse.

3. You Can Find Local Gems
There are always plenty of new restaurants and entertainment venues opening up in your locale, but you may not be aware of them unless you sign up. I recently found an awesome Mexican restaurant in my area that I never would have known about without Groupon – and I’m now a regular patron. Don’t underestimate the power of these deals as marketing avenues for businesses and economic drivers for customers.

4. Additional Discounts Are Available
Some deal of the day websites offer even better discounts than first meet the eye, but they’re not always advertised heavily. Groupon recently featured an extra 20% off deals with an online coupon code sent out in an email. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled and take advantage of any such opportunities when they’re offered.

5. Use Them With Restraint
Just because you can save 70% on something doesn’t always mean you should. Make sure you’re willing and able to use a coupon before you purchase it. For some offers, you may need to read the fine print to be clear on any and all limitations, such as blackout dates, expiration, or minimum purchase amounts.

Vouchers for deal of the day websites usually have expiration dates. If you’re unable to redeem yours before time’s up, don’t worry. Although you’re likely to lose out on that particular deal, most of these sites ensure that you never lose your original investment. The amount you spent is returned to your account, and you can use it for a future deal. Adding deal of the day websites to your shopping strategy is a great way to save money, but only when you use them for things you truly need.

What are your thoughts on deal of the day websites?

Save on tickets to THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOSH – a comedic and poignant true-to-life tale


The Players Theatre  - 115 Macdougal St.

 Save on tickets: $34.50 (Reg. $47.50)

From The Maury Povich Show to Huffington Post columnist, the hit show returns for a limited engagement…A true-life parable, mitzvah, and comedy about life, loss and love.

 In this 30 character, 7 song one-man show, a small town boy Josh follows his big dreams to Hollywood despite the tempestuous relationship with his overbearing, pious father.

Tortured by his thoughts, Josh finds himself standing on the ledge of a 4th floor window, contemplating jumping out to end it all; in a moment of truth, he must reach out to the only person who can help him before it’s too late.

Featuring cameos by Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., and Elvis; The Gospel According to Josh is a comedic and poignant true-to-life tale of love, loss, struggle, and survival. It’s a gospel account of one young man’s passage into manhood:  his 28-year Gentile bar mitzvah.

Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GospelJosh) and Twitter (@gospeljosh)

Performance Schedule: 

FRI, MAY 16th at 7PM

SAT, MAY 17th at 2PM & 7PM

SUN, MAY 18th at 3PM 

Use discount code FRIENDS to save on tickets: $34.50 ($47.50 Regular ticket price)

Book a group and save on tickets: $30.00 (code: JOSH)

For tickets, visit: www.gospeljosh.com

December Happenings in NYC include Free Tango Lessons , Free Holiday Fun Tips, and much more …Choose your fun NYC.

8coupons Haps – December 2013


December (ongoing) For a total cultural experience visit Arts Brookfield located along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Check out their winter line up of free events in December.

HOLIDAY WINDOWS                                                                                                                                             

December (ongoing) If you’re a major window shopper to boot then get twice the spectacle during the holidays when classic department stores unveil their holiday window displays. There’s plenty of free ogling, so visit Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf, Bloomies, Barney’s and more. The tricked out window displays along Fifth Avenue is the perfect way to kick off the season.


December 6 (Friday). Surrounded by the excitement of the Winter Village at Bryant Park’s Holiday Shops, magical holiday tree and ice skating rink, eight of America’s best gift wrappers will go bow-to-bow and wrap unusually shaped gifts at the 17th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest.  This year, the contestants will be challenged with wrapping a toy castle, a children’s go-kart and a seven-and-a-half foot wide paddleboat with a canopy. The winner will take home the coveted title of the Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper for 2013 and receive a $10,000 cash prize!  Come out and root for your favorite; 8am-10.30am.  Free to attend.

FREE TANGO LESSONS                                                                                                                                   

December (Saturdays through Dec 14th) Visit the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library Branch (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn) for free Tango lessons. 10-11AM classes for beginners; 11AM-12PM advanced classes. Join instructor Walter Perez and learn to move with your partner, improvise and dance to tango music. In this class, the basics of body language are explained; basic sequences and a few special steps are taught. This touring workshop is part of IATI’s Triple Play Tour Program.

THE NAME GAME                                                                                                  

December (last Thursday of the month ongoing) Is anyone out there with gender identity on the brain? Well, if you pre-op or post-op or seriously questioning the switch from F to M or vice-versa, then look no further than Brooklyn Borough Hall. Brooklyn’s first transgender name-change clinic  is there which helps city residents complete the paperwork necessary for a legal name change.  Price to attend the clinic: free. Individuals will be responsible for filing and publication fees.


December (ongoing) Urgent Care NY offers free flu shots while supplies last on their website. Nothing sucks more than the bug (especially if you can prevent or mitigate any chance of contracting it). If you’re a member of the NYC Theatrical Community then grab a free flu shot at Actors Equity on Dec 5 (10am-3pm) or The Actor’s Fund on Dec 9.

November Happenings in NYC include Free Talks, Free Tasting and much more …Choose your fun NYC.

8coupons Haps – November 2013


November (ongoing) Something rich has taken root on Orchard Street down on the Lower East Side. The Tenement Museum hosts Tenement Talks, an evening series of lectures, readings, panel discussions, films and other programs that provide historical and contemporary perspectives on New York City’s rich culture. Only a handful events are FREE enabling the savvy history buff an opportunity to feast on a variety of revealing experiences that have shaped the Lower East Side.



November (Ongoing) If you’re a veteran, veteran family member, or a veteran service provider, then experience the benefits of yoga to relieve stress, recover from trauma, focus the mind, and heal the body…all for free. Founded by a former marine, Vets NYC started in July 2008 as a service for veterans in the New York City area. Taught by veterans, the program is designed specifically for veterans dealing with injuries or trauma. Every veteran is welcome, regardless of age, era or experience.  Classes are small enough to give attention to individual students who may be dealing with specific injuries, challenges or disabilities. No prior experience with yoga is necessary.  Mats, props and lockers are provided. Please bring comfortable clothing and avoid eating at least one hour before class.



November (Ongoing). If you’re into the joys of pizza, then look no further than The Crocodile Lounge (East 14th St b/t 1st and 2nd Aves) where they have FREE PIZZA every day.  But, that’s not all, they also offer FREE OMELETTES on Sundays, plus FREE SHOTS on Wednesday, and a bevy of game nights where winning patrons can win hearty bar tabs.



November (Ongoing/Saturdays) Hosted by FIDO, a nonprofit organization founded in the interest of dogs and their owners, comes Coffee Bark. Coffee Bark stands as a shining example of all that is great about off-leash doggie recreation in City parks. From 7 – 9am, usually on the first Saturday of every month, hundreds of dogs and their people descend on Prospect Park’s Long Meadow in Brooklyn where they stop by for free coffee & pastries, chat about doggie related concerns, get free dog biscuits for their pooch and learn more about FIDO’s commitment to man’s best friend.



November 14 (Thursday) Shut up and call me…er…Gin? Chelsea Wine Vault (9th Ave & 16th St – inside Chelsea Market) is hosting a free Hendrick’s gin tasting. A bartender from The Tippler will be there making cocktails show casing Hendricks at this casual tasting where there’s no need to RSVP and no seating.  This free tasting takes place from 4 – 7pm so you can drop in whenever you like. Go to their website to view other great tasting haps.



November 27 (Wednesday) An alternative to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is watching the big balloon blow up the night before the big Parade. This can be as much fun as the Parade itself and many of us have stood outside with Hot Chocolate (or, um, something stronger) and watched the Parade balloons take shape. Free to all locals and tourists alike; the set up takes place on either side of the American Museum of Natural History, on 77th and 81st Sts between CPW and Columbus from 3-10 pm on Wednesday, November 27th.



November (Ongoing) Did you know that any person who lives, works, attends school or pays property taxes in New York State is eligible to receive a New York Public Library card free of charge?  What’s the benefit of having a library card?  Having a library card is your key to the resources and services of all New York Public Library locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Along with borrowing library materials, your card allows you to reserve a computer, download digital media, search hundreds of electronic databases, and more.  Knowing is really half the battle!




October Happenings in NYC include Free Tours, Free Treats (or Tricks), Free Art and much more.

8coupons Haps – October 2013

Choose your fun NYC

Art Exhibition – Notched Bodies: Insects In Contemporary Art

October 1 (ongoing) NYC Parks is pleased to present Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art, at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The exhibition features eleven contemporary artists who offer probing personal interpretations on the importance of insects through a variety of media. See how insects are true works of art while discovering their critical role in our ecosystem.  The Arsenal Gallery is dedicated to examining themes of nature, urban space, and wildlife. Located on the third floor of the Parks Department Headquarters, in Central Park, on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street.  Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission is free. For more information on the Arsenal Gallery, please call (212) 360-8163 or email -Artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov.  Get Directions to this location.

Have Your (Batter) Cake & Eat It, Too: a 19th Century Food Tasting

October 11 (Friday) From 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Marja Samson (the Dumbling Diva and chef of famed, now historic, downtown restaurant The Kitchen Club) will serve up ‘batter cakes and lemon cream,’ based on a mid-19th century recipe.  Reportedly a great favorite of Thomas Jefferson, batter cakes were often served at tea time.  The original recipe, with Marja’s adaptation for modern cooks, is featured in the Museum’s newest publication “The Little Book of Tea.” This event is FREE and part of the Historic House Trust of New York City’s Fall Festival. Location: Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. 4th Street)  Contact Number (212) 777-1089

Free Comedy Show In Brooklyn – The Big Gulp!  

October 11 (Ongoing/Fridays). Hop the L train toward enjoying some free comedy (with no drink minimum) with hosts Jack Wilkinson and Morgan Miller on the 2nd Friday of every month at Legion Bar (790 Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn). The awesome line up of stand up comics begins at 7pm.  Come out to have some great laughs, maybe win some prizes, and feel sorta awkward, because YIKES! This is the Big Gulp!

Special Evening Tour of the Mayor’s House

October 11 (Friday) 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Tours of this 1799 country house, which has been the official residence to New York City mayors since 1942, are usually not offered in the evenings, making this a special treat for people who cant make the regular Wednesday tour hours.  Take a tour and sample cider and gingersnaps based on a historic recipe.  Free! Reservations are required.  Contact GracieTours@cityhall.nyc.gov.  Gracie Mansion, 88th Street & East End Avenue, Carl Schurz Park.

City-wide Open House 2013 

October 12 – 13 (Saturday & Sunday).  To celebrate the city’s architecture and design, the 11th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend will again unlock the city, allowing New Yorkers and tourists alike free access hundreds of sites talks, tours, performances and family activities in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs. From private residences and historic landmarks, to hard hat tours and sustainable skyscrapers, OHNY gives you rare access into the extraordinary architecture that defines New York City, while introducing you to the people who make the city a vibrant and sustainable place to live, work, and play.

Pumpkin Fest

October 26 (Saturday).  Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Fest, New York City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park! 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell; enter at 72nd Street. This robust event takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Activities will include: A spooktacular haunted house at Bethesda Fountain. Plus, Pumpkin decorating; live Quidditch matches where you may transport yourself to Hogwarts to witness this fast action sport; Marionette Performances by CityParksPuppetMobile; JestMaster Walkabout Characters; Pumpkin Carving; Live Entertainment and more.  Get Directions 

Chiropractic Medicine or Hocus Pocus?

October (ongoing). Whether you see a witch doctor, voodoo priestess, or medicine man to align your spirit and body with nature and the universe, the important thing is to continue to do the things you love, right? Check out this complimentary offer from Human Potential Chiropractic, and become a believer.

 The Studio Museum of Harlem

October (Ongoing/Sundays). The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.  Admission is free every Sunday. Check out the Studio Museum’s website for exhibitions, free collaborative workshops, and other programs.