Finding deals online isn't hard. But finding the best (and most convenient) deals locally could be a bit more challenging. In our opinion, finding a service which is efficient and easy to use is just as important as getting the good deal. We'd prefer not to spend time searching for deals or getting bogged down with instructions. That's why we've gathered our top 4 go-to sites which not only have the best deals, but the smartest service design to match.
Groupon is possibly the largest local deal site around right now. They not only have offerings in many American cities but also cover a lot of cities worldwide. We like it because they offer a variety of unique discounts from food to entertainment or travel. Their app is well designed and you're able to flash your Groupon purchases straight from your phone rather than dealing with an annoying print out. Another big plus is Groupon's "Now!" feature which gives you special deals that are right around you thanks to the GPS locator. Next time you're leaving the office to get some lunch, simply open up Groupon Now! And find some great deals for 50% off or more.
Living Social has a lot of similar offerings that Groupon has which means more options for us to choose from. As well as the standard everyone buy-in deals they have daily (organized by neighborhood in cases like New York), they have an "Instant" feature which offers special deals for a select group of hours throughout the day. This is another good lunchtime option for those looking to try a new place or hoping to save some money. Living Social also offers some pretty great deals on travel from relaxation to high-intensity adventure trips.
We never hear much about Gilt City but we certainly enjoy their site as well. Part of the larger Gilt network which first took off by selling women's clothes, Gilt City offers local deals with a luxury spin. If you want to find a nice place to have dinner or pamper yourself, Gilt City might be your best bet. Their offerings are less than the former two but we often find things that we like in Gilt City more than the others. There is currently no comparable "Instant" or "Now!" feature with Gilt City.
Lastly, our favorite site is Scout Mob. This site operates a bit differently that the other three. First of all, it is much smaller with far fewer cities currently serviced. And instead of buying into anything, you simply have to take your Scout Mob app into the participating store, show them the coupon, and get a discount on your purchase. There is no need to buy a fixed amount coupon to begin with. We love this! They also have a handy "Nearby" search feature or "Expiring" so you know you won't miss out on a sweet deal at your favorite place.