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Cheap Thrills: Online Coupon Clearinghouses

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Savvy shoppers hoping to save on nightlife and entertainment already scour daily deal sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and Tippr, which offer steep and/or growing discounts the more online coupons (good for local retailers) users buy. But countless limited-time offers and competitors – Wow.com, DealOn, HomeRun.com, etc. – can make tracking top discounts on guitar lessons or curly fries in your city difficult, which is where aggregators like the recently-announced DealGator come in.

Joining the ranks of online sale tracking services like Yipit and 8Coupons, the site provides one-stop access to top bargains from local restaurants and retailers. Monitoring both larger players and dozens of small discounters which operate in 21 cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, it provides a comprehensive look at deals on dining, music and more. Savings can be as steep as 50-90% off standard retail price, letting you score yoga classes for a song, drink for free or land tickets to local concerts for pennies on the dollar. Daily email, Twitter and website updates providing breaking update, with feeds filterable based on deal type or category.

Making it all too painless to score printable or smartphone-ready vouchers, those prone to impulse buys might also want to keep links to coupon resale sites such as Lifesta and CoupRecoup handy.

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