People can find bargains on a variety of products and activities in New York City at community buying discount sites like Groupon and it competitors, as well as a travel site, restaurant discount site, and parking lot company. Use these sites to find discounts of 50% or more on restaurant meals, spa services, clothing, theater and cultural events, short-term parking, and classes.
Entertainment, culture, food, drink, shopping, pampering—New York City offers a dizzying number of options in all these categories. But going out for fun, food, or fashion can be hard on the wallet. The Internet has been a boon for savvy bargain hunters, especially coupon sites that let community members pool their collective buying power to negotiate deals. (Groupon is the most popular New York City coupon site, but there are many competitive sites that use the same model.) Sites offer deals, either on a daily or short-term basis, through email alerts, and now other social networking channels like Twitter, Facebook, or iPhone apps.
Distinguished by the wacky, sometimes surreal pitches by their writing team, Groupon offers a daily coupon for discounts at restaurants, spas, clothing stores, dental clinics, entertainments venues—and more—in nearly 90 U.S. cities, including New York. Coupons offer discounts of 50% or more off regular prices. The system works when enough people sign up for the deal—and 98% of the time, they do.
Go to groupon.com, choose New York City from the destination menu, and then register. You will receive a daily email announcing the deal of the day. If you’re interested, sign up—and when enough people have joined you—when the deal “tips”-- you get a coupon to print out. You also get $10 when you refer a friend.
- $99 for 3 laser hair-removing sessions worth $900
- $6 for $14 worth of food at Ciao Bella pizzeria
Dealist sends out a daily email to subscribers featuring an activity in NYC with a discount coupon if enough people sign up. Activities range from an out-of-town ice-climbing expedition at a $50 discount, to a night at the opera with a back stage tour for $35—a substantial savings from the usual $95 ticket price. Other activities include sushi-making classes, tequila tasting, and a CPR class. There is also a section for more long-term classes, such as 4-week sewing class and for aspiring shoemakers, an 8-week course in footwear pattern making.
Go to dealist.com to subscribe. Dealist encourages subscribers to offer ideas for activities and vote on ideas they would like featured on the site.
- $60 for a 1-hour massage that usually costs $110
- $15 for 3 yoga classes that usually cost $54
- $45 for eyelash extension that usually costs $90
Travelzoo sends special discount travel alerts to subscribers about airline tickets, hotel specials, and car rentals. But they also have information on discount offers and coupons in a number of cities, including New York, and you don’t have to be an out-of-town tourist to take advantage. These deals mainly include restaurants and spas, and they can sell out fast. A separate page (http://www.travelzoo.com/entertainment/new-york/) lists discounted tickets for comedy clubs, theater, musical events, and sports events.
Go to travelzoo.com to subscribe.
- 30% tickets for Avenue Q on Broadway
- $67 off club seats to N.Y. Rangers games
- 70% off restaurant.com discount coupons
Restaurant.com offers certificates, not coupons, but the idea is the same. Participating restaurants in NYC and surrounding areas offer a range of certificates, from $10 to $100, which can be applied against your final bill. Most restaurants do set a minimum required purchase (for instance, $35), so it’s not possible to eat for free, and there may be restrictions on hours or meals. The site is user-friendly, breaking down NYC restaurants by borough and then neighborhood. You can also search by type of cuisine, price range, and atmosphere. Restaurant pages include maps, hours, and highlights.
Go to restaurant.com to sign up for email or Twitter alerts on special offers, to purchase certificates, or send a certificate as a gift.
You can receive a free $25 restaurant certificate when you complete an offer at affiliated sites.
Icon Parking Lot Coupons
Parking in New York City can be a nightmare. A parking garage should be a good alternative, especially for short-term parking needs or out-of-town visits, and trying to figure out the byzantine rules about parking rates can be intimidating. It generally costs more to park in certain parts of town, less on some days, more on weekends—so that it is sometimes much more expensive to park in one place for a few hours than it would be to park elsewhere overnight. There are 185 Icon parking facilities in New York, and their website offers coupons and special offers.
Go to http://www.iconparkingsystems.com/Coupons_Area.asp, locate a garage in the area you desire, and print out the coupon that gives you the best deal. There are some restrictions listed (for instance, you need to pay with a credit card, not cash, and space may not be available).
A theater district coupon offers a $12 flat rate for up to 10 hours at 9 different garages, Mon. through Fri. after 6 p.m., anytime Sat. and Sun., with a 5 a.m. leave time.