Forget Groupon: Daily deal sites worth keeping In your inbox
Every morning I wake up to 50 emails in my inbox. I cross my fingers that one of those emails is from the New York Times telling me how sexy they think I am, or from Jeff Goldblum. They never are. It's always the same exact 50 emails — all daily deal notifications.
Some of them I signed up for, some of them I have no idea how I got on their mailing list. Needless to say, daily deal emails can really crowd up your inbox. If you're just about to write off the whole industry — wait. Here are a few must check out sites that are worth getting emails from.
If you haven't downloaded this app yet, do it now! You'll be wondering why you haven't done it sooner. Scoutmob features 50 percent off deals to some of your favorite businesses for free. Yes, you heard right: No $5 to get $10 off garbage. What makes Scoutmob especially cool is that they curate their offers by selecting some of Austin's creme de la creme of businesses. Check out current deals from Bird's Barbershop, Papi Tino's, Frank and Angie's and Opal Divine's. If you're not into apps, you can get Scoutmob's deals the traditional way by subscribing to their emails.
Localiter offers traditional local daily deals that are honored once a certain number are sold (which is most of the time). Founded in Austin, Texas, this daily deal site offers the extra bonus of a local Q+A interview with the business they're featuring. That's why, instead of some copywriter from another city Googling a business in Austin they've never even heard of, you have a real insider's view of your deals at Localiter.
Yes, it often feels like Google is becoming Big Brother, but at least they offer some really awesome daily deals. Recent and past deals include Frank, Alamo Drafthouse and Spiderhouse. Google Offers prides itself on snagging some of Austin's hottest businesses. Similar to Groupon, Google Offers has a wide range of deals from food, automative, beauty and recreational, with a dozen or more deals available at one time.
In the same vein as Localiter, Morgan's Deals is an Austin-based, family-owned and operated daily deal site that aims to "provide excellent deals that benefit both customer and merchant alike." Morgan's Deals offers a diverse selection of deals all hand-picked by the founders' daughter, Morgan! Nothing like keeping it local and in the fam.