Getting Real with Shadra Bruce


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As we approach fall, everyone is talking about sweater weather, changing colors, all things pumpkin spice, and of course, holiday shopping. You know what I like to do to make my holidays less stressful? I like to shop early. My goal every year is to have my shopping done before December.

I’ve never actually met that goal, but wouldn’t it be nice to get there?

This year is my year. I have gift-buying on the brain. It probably helps that I have a granddaughter around to motivate my spending.

My goal is to get the best deals, but I rarely have time to spend the day at the mall and I’ve outgrown my desire to be a part of Black Friday chaos. Luckily, there’s a one-stop shop that will offer not only the best prices, but unique gifts that your family and friends will love: Groupon.


Why Groupon?

Groupon is a fantastic way to find the perfect gift, saving you time and money in the process. Everything from the coolest new gadget to a five-day getaway is available, all at discounted prices. A professional makeup set is available for the beauty queen in your life, as well as 50% off at the finest restaurants for the self-proclaimed foodie. For the person that has everything, experiences are always a great choice, ranging from a nearby spa retreat to an international adventure.

Why Should I Shop Early?

Why should you be shopping Groupon earlier than later? Deals are only available for a limited time. Groupon allows for a pre-determined number of purchases within a specified window, and the best deals sell out fast. However, once purchased, Groupons are typically good for use for several months. There are terms and conditions to be mindful of, but for the price, the deal usually can’t be beat.

How Do I Use Groupon?

Creating an account is simple, and once you do, Groupon recommends deals near you based on your location. You can still search Groupon for any location, so you can view deals for loved ones near and far. See something you like? Click view deal, and you’ll see the terms and conditions, as well as an option to give as a gift. Groupon gives you the fine print in an easy-to-read format so you know exactly what the deal is about. If you’re unsure of the purchase, there are reviews from those who have already purchased and experienced the Groupon. If you’re sold, complete the purchase like you would in any online store. It’s that simple.

Groupon tells you the exact percentage that you are saving, and indicates which deals are selling fast. It is an excellent shopping guide, with a selection of gifts that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Groupon also has well known partners, such as Shutterstock, with products that you might already be purchasing.

Holiday shopping starts early, and getting great deals is always in season.