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- 1+ 16- 2Groupon is the big daddy of the daily deal sites. It's the one most people have heard about, and with all the recent buzz about a possible sale and a billion-dollar valuation, it's certainly poised to keep ruling the daily deal game for a while. Which is why Groupon has such awesome bargaining power, and why it's able to get really great deals on all sorts of restaurants you wouldn't normally associate with the term 'bargain'. And, it's also why Groupon is the perfect place to find food deals worthy of your own billion dollar valuation...or at least a date night that's guaranteed to impress your significant other.
- 2+ 14- 2Much like Groupon, LivingSocial is considered to be part of the group buying elite. And while I've found that their food and drink deals aren't quite as good as Groupons, they still post plenty of palate-pleasing offers, including a lot of great local businesses like smaller wine bars and lesser-known restaurants. That makes the daily LivingSocial email a great way to find new places to eat without forking over big bucks in the process. While you're there, don't forget to share any deals you buy on Facebook and Twitter too -- if you can get three of your friends to buy the deal along with you, you'll get that deal for free. And everyone knows free food tastes way better than food you actually have to pay for.
- 3+ 7- 2If you have an internet connection, and you like to eat, chances are you're already a 'Yelper'. But, you may not know about the relatively new "Yelp Deals" service, which you can check out by going to www.Yelp.com/deals. Not only can you sign up to receive great deals on local restaurants and bars directly in your inbox, but you can also check out reviews of those businesses before purchasing, which ensures that even though your bill may be cut-rate, your experience won't be.
- 4+ 3- 2Even the name of this female-focused pop culture site is delicious! DailyCandy is part blog, part advice site and part daily deal service. To get in on that last part, just head over to their deals section, or simply pop your email address into the subscribe forms that are all over their main site. Either way, prepare for a hefty dose of delicious food and drink deals along with a pretty ample side of sass. Which is pretty much required for a site advertising coupons for fat-blasting massages alongside offers for half off on a three-course meal.
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FreshGuide.comFreshGuide is another site that mostly caters to women, but that doesn't mean both sexes won't enjoy coupons for stuff like fresh juices and luxury oceanside dining. This may not be the best place to find daily deals that involve burgers and fries, but if you're looking for deals on cooking lessons, gourmet specialty foods and healthy fare with a fancy twist, then this is your site. Plus, FreshGuide has a referral program that lets you earn a $10 credit for every friend that purchases a deal off of your link. Because nothing is tastier than a food deal that pays for itself.
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- 10+ 4- 5Yipit's at the top of the list because it's sort of like the uber-daily-deal site. Their service aggregates all the other sites -- including Groupon, LivingSocial, Tippr, FamilyFind and more -- and then lets you filter by city and by category. You can see all the daily deals on food and drinks in your hometown, and then get even more specific by filtering them via price and the time left to buy them.
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CrowdSavings.comCrowdSavings has been around since November of 2009, and it's certainly got the roster of deals to prove it. From big name brands like Gallagher's Steakhouse and Smoothie King to local favorites like LA's The Melting Pot, CrowdSavings has plenty of great food and drink deals to offer. All you have to do is sign up for their mailing list, sit back and let the coupons come in.
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SocialBuy.comSocialBuy is another group buying site, where collective buying allows consumers to get great deals thanks to that whole power in numbers thing. From half off at happy hour to deep discounts on deep dish pizzas, SocialBuy is rapidly expanding in Los Angeles and San Diego, giving residents of those cities a great way to check out some smaller businesses without paying big bills. And, the company has even bigger expansion plans to come, so this is certainly one site to watch in the next year to come.
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Redeemio.comRedeemio is a three-pronged approach to online food deals. They have a daily deal aggregator, similar to Yipit's although more focused on the major services like Groupon and BuyWithMe. But, for the gluttonous coupon consumer, they also have a section full of local coupons complete with a Google Maps hook-up that lets you literally zoom in on where that great car wash or spray tan is actually located. They also have a totally separate section full of grocery coupons so you can save even more money on food, personal care items and more.
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BuyWithMe.comBuyWithMe is one of those brilliant sites where the name pretty much tells you exactly what it does (Ranker, anyone?) Basically, BuyWithMe is your basic group buying site, where a critical mass of customers has to purchase a deal in order for it to become active. If you buy the deal, and the deal fails to become active, you don't end up getting charged for it. Easy enough, right?
Well, the hard part comes in resisting the urge to buy every delicious-looking deal that pops up when you start perusing their site. From food trucks to fancy bars, this site has the local business scene covered in over a dozen major US cities. Plus, they also have a $10 credit for referring your friends. Free money...yum!