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3 best Groupon alternatives to save cash fast

Do you use Groupon? They offer deals on local businesses, vacation getaways, and several other products. The online marketplace launched in 2008 and since then they've expanded to over 28 different countries.

Groupon is an excellent place to find fleeting deals but it's definitely not your only option. Here are three other sites that will help you get discounts on anything from a Samsung Galaxy laptop to a trip to Thailand.

LivingSocial

LivingSocial used to be its own company and Groupon's biggest competition until Groupon purchased them back in 2016. If you want to explore your city while supporting local businesses then LivingSocial is a great place to start.

Although their site offers coupons on products like canvas art, gadgets and jewelry, they're known for discounts on activities such as yoga classes, spa days and outdoor excursions. They also have deals on restaurants and vacation packages.

Before you buy a deal, it's important to read the offer's fine print. The deal may only be redeemable during certain business hours and many of them expire.

*Sample Deal* Luxor Las Vegas hotel stay starting at $35/night

Woot

Woot was founded in 2004 and the site started out by offering only one deal per day.  Amazon acquired Woot in 2010 but they still have their own site as well as a tab in the deals section on Amazon.com.

Woot currently offers one daily deal per category and features several ongoing deals from different brands. Their discounts are mostly items for your home, such as electronics, toys, kitchen accessories, outdoor tools, and computers. There's also a Flash Deals section that houses some of the higher discounts.

There are no coupons or offers to redeem. You simply purchase products right from the site. The Flash Deals section houses some of the higher discounts.

*Sample deal* Radar & Laser Detector - regular price: $299.99, sale price: $134.99 (55% off)

RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot was founded in 2006 as a site that combines coupons from all over the web. Their coupons can be redeemed at online stores and at physical locations.

You can search deals by type, such as free shipping, gift cards, cash back, or printable coupons. You can also search for deals being offered on a particular product or by a particular store or brand.

When you click on a coupon you like, one of two things will happen. "Show Code" will open a window with a promo code. You copy the code and then click the link to be taken to the retailer's site. "Get Deal" will open a new window to the retailer's site and that means you don't need a code for that deal.

*Sample deal* Virgin America airlines, one-way airfares starting from $59

LivingSocial and Woot require customers to create an account before they make a purchase. You can sign up for Woot with your Amazon.com account. If you sign up for a RetailMeNot account then you can receive emails on deals you're interested in so that you don't miss any good offers.

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