Dump Groupon? Five Sites That Might Save You More

Dump Groupon? Five Sites That Might Save You MoreDo you really need Groupon? How about LivingSocial, in which Amazon.com (AMZN) has invested hundreds of millions of dollars?

If you answered "yes," you're among a shrinking minority.

Groupon is meeting with bankers and investors this week to revise its IPO filing. The company that was once valued at more than $20 billion is now seeking to go public at a $12 billion valuation, The Wall Street Journal reports. Market conditions and company mistakes were cited as reasons for the adjustment in the Journal story, but demand may also be a factor.

Daily Deals Falling Short

In its home cities of Chicago, Boston, and Berlin, Groupon sold fewer deals in the third quarter than in the quarter before. The implication? Tanning and cheap pub fare only goes so far when it comes to selling daily deals.

And let's be honest. Most Groupons aren't meant for us; they're meant for retailers. Groupons offer a way to entice average Janes and Joes to try something they otherwise wouldn't. Grouponing is for adventure seekers.

Couponing, on the other hand, is for smart shoppers.

The Proven Money-Saving Model: Couponing

As Groupon grapples with mounting competition from Amazon and Google's (GOOG) new Offers service, why not take a look at the couponing sites that have spent years saving consumers oodles of moola? Here are five to get you started:

1. Retailmenot.com
It claims to have coupons for more than 130,000 stores. Users post and vet coupons offered by merchants, including some obscure deals. Printable and grocery coupons are also featured, organized by ZIP code. The beauty? You need not sign up in order to save.

A free portal that requires signing up, but each purchase kicks back a certain percentage into a qualified 529 college savings account. Preferred partners will always offer larger payments, but you can still create a meaningful stash for your offspring by purchasing just what you need.

3. CouponMom.com
Another free service that specializes in grocery couponing. Beware, though, the site is geared toward the obsessive. Only those willing to build a system on the order of what site founder Stephanie Nelson recommends can expect to glean much value.

4. YipIt.com
The way to Groupon without clogging your email inbox. YipIt aggregates and recommends the best daily deals based on where you live. As of this writing, 728 services covering 93 cities feed into YipIt's database.

For the cheapskate diner. Enter either a ZIP code or destination city to find offers to buy gift certificates at a discount. Where we are, a $25 credit to a Latin American bistro my wife and I particularly enjoy sells for just $10. Registered users can also make reservations online.

Know of a great couponing site that wasn't covered here? Leave it in the comments box below.

Motley Fool contributor Tim Beyers owned shares of Google at the time of publication. The Motley Fool owns shares of Google. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Amazon.com and Google.

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Janine Arhan

The deals site Ii was able to save a lot of money with is www.mybargainsshop.com

August 26 2015 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

PandaCashBack.com offer both coupons & cashback for over 2500 + Online Store including group power sites like groupon

July 18 2013 at 5:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

http://www.LocalGreatCoupons.com has a coupon site in over 80 cities, each focused on small to medium sized businesses - lots of different categories rangings from the standard restaurants to home services to beauty to health to entertainment. They have a nice facebook page too where they load up 10 different coupons each day for each city. All free.

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Dont forget Punguzo.com, http://www.punguzo.com

April 18 2012 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The best coupon site www.discountsguide.com, save you money by 1,0000s of Discount Codes and Exclusive Coupons

April 08 2012 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

SavingStar is a new grocery savings service where all the offers are paperless - they are linked to your grocery and drugstore loyalty cards. Available at http://www.savingstar.com and on iPhone and Android apps. This month offers include Smart Balance, M&Ms, Marie Callender's, Egg Beaters, Rice-A-Roni, Sweet Baby Ray's, Ken's Salad Dressing and many more.

November 02 2011 at 11:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

http://www.couponrefund.com is my favorite coupon site. I save my money by using their coupon codes. :-)

October 28 2011 at 12:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

CouponPages.Com is one of the few sites that focuses on printable coupons. Almost every coupon is a printable coupon for a local store. These aren't crazy 50-70% "deals"... just real everyday coupons from local merchants, the kind that they are willing to offer to loyal customers as a thank you for being their customer.

October 26 2011 at 11:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brittney Riley

zipongo.com is currently only in the Bay Area, but they are doing deals on healthy groceries that are redeemable at your grocery store. This way, they are not only giving you deals on things you need (groceries) but also trying to improve your eating habits by providing incentives to purchase healthy foods. Check them out.

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