The Social-Buying Trend

Does saving up to 80-90% at restaurants, retailers, and services in your local area sound appealing?  The idea is simple.  Negotiate with a vendor to provide a steep discount on some item or service, providing that a minimum number of people take advantage of the offer.  If that minimum number is reached, everyone gets the deal.  If not, no one does.

It’s called ‘social-buying’ and it’s been gaining tons of press and popularity throughout the last year or two.  Buyers sign up for daily email, Facebook, or Twitter alerts for deals in their particular geographic region and set up a free online account.  If you’re new to an area, or just looking re-acquaint yourself with the city you’ve been living in for years, social-buying websites are a great resource.

I’ve recently jumped on the social-buying bandwagon and want to share a few sites with you that I receive daily deal alerts from via email:

(source: Groupon)

Groupon was launched in November 2008 and currently features deals in more than 300 regional markets and 35 countries.  Refer new members and you’ll get a $10 Groupon credit for each one after they make their first purchase.  (’s deal across the US is for Bath & Body Works – pay $10 for $20 worth of product or pay $15 for $30 worth of product!)

(source:  Living Social)

Living Social began offering daily deals in 2010 (I think) and is now available in over 100 US cities as well as Canada, Australia, and many countries in Europe.  When you refer new members to Living Social, they will get 5 deal bucks to help them make their first purchase.  Once the purchase is made, you will also get 5 deal bucks added to your account.  Plus, when you purchase a deal you’ll receive a unique link to share with others.  If 3 people purchase the deal by clicking through your unique link, you’ll get your deal for free!

(source:  Seize the Deal)

Seize the Deal was launched in 2009 and offers daily discounts 50-90% off of the retail value.  It currently offers deals in 36 different cities across the US.  Refer new members and you’ll get a $10 Seize the Deal credit for each one after they make their first purchase.

Do you Kaboodle??

(source:  Kaboodle)

I’ve been sitting here in the fleece, mickey mouse, footie pajamas that I got for x-mas from MIL (totally serious..I’m obsesssed) thinking of topics for upcoming blog posts aside from my typical ‘Sale Alert’ entries because, well, even I’ve started getting bored of those already.  I’m not exactly new to blogging as I’ve had various blogs that I’ve experimented with throughout the last 10 years or so but this is really my first public interest type of blog.  All of my past attempts at blogging have been a bit more personal, relatively short lived, and nothing that I have ever shared publicly.  While the technical aspect of blogging is probably going to be a forever work in progress for me, please bear with me as I continue to develop my own personal blogging style.  This time, I’m really hoping to stick around for awhile so any feedback and advice from readers is certainly welcomed!  ; )

Have you ever heard of a little thing called Kaboodle?  It’s an online social shopping community that allows users to develop shopping/wish lists, create polls, share styleboards, etc.  It has really changed the way I shop during the last couple of years.  The shopping/wish list feature is probably what I rely on Kaboodle for the most.  It’s convenient, organized, and really just loads of fun to play around with.  Because I like to be insanely organized, I created separate lists for clothing, jewelry, bags, and shoes that I’m currently keeping an eye on.  I even have a list of ‘Recent Purchases’ so that I can keep track of what I’m buying each month and how much money I save since I’m a super sale shopper.

Signing up for an account is so simple and completely free, just fill out a quick registration form here (or click the button at the bottom of the registration page to join through Facebook).  If you do join, please add me (everydayessentials) as a friend!  You can get to my Kaboodle home page by clicking on the photo above.

(Sidenote: I do not work for Kaboodle, nor have I ever been asked by anyone who does work at Kaboodle to publish a review of any kind.  I have been a Kaboodle user for almost 2 years now and really just love what it has to offer!)