How to use Groupon to cheap out on expensive services

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As a college student, it’s safe to say that most of us are on a pretty strict budget. But that doesn’t mean we don’t still have wants and desires. Typically we’ll take whatever advantages we can get when it comes to discounts and cutting corners to make these things happen, and the best part about it is that there’s a resource for just that: Groupon.

Believe it or not, Groupon hacks are a real thing. While it’s awesome being able to grab a blow out for only $20 and even better for a month of Bikram yoga for $30, we all know the business is offering that deal to eventually grab your business at full price. They give you a taste in hopes of keeping you around as a regular customer, which is a smart business move, but not so smart for the college wallet.

So where does that leave us? Hacks. With deal-a-day websites like Groupon, LivingSocial, Deal Chicken and more, you can “hack” your way to cheap products, exercise sessions and other services for life. You just have to be able to look business owners in the eye and say “no” when they lay on the hard sell after your Groupon expires.

Step 1
Download the app and make an account, or just head to the website. The Groupon app is available for pretty much every smartphone on the market, and it’s way easier to navigate than the website. It’s a free app, but make sure to turn off the alerts if you don’t want to be spammed with deals multiple times a day.

Step 2
Set your location and department of interest. Groupon divides their offers into different sections: travel, food & drink, health & fitness, things to do, and more. Put in your location and area of interest and Groupon will pop up with endless options for you to choose from in your designated area. Prepare to get sucked into a black hole of awesome deals.

Step 3
Start digging. This is where the “hacking” comes in. You want more than just a month of Bikram yoga? Don’t worry—there are dozens of different studios throughout the Phoenix metro area, and many of them have listings on Groupon. They may limit you to one purchase of each Groupon, but who says you have to keep going to the same place? Checking out a different studio each time means $30 a month instead of $100, and you can typically purchase new ones for each location after a certain amount of time. The result: endless discounted Bikram yoga, or the service of your choosing.

Lather, rinse, repeat. The concept applies to just about anything: get your fill of cleaning services or a monthly membership at a boxing gym with multiple, independently-owned locations. Get discounted tanning at different salons in the area each month, or maybe treat yourself to a well-deserved massage or spa day. But be sure to use your Groupons in the allotted time available, as they often expire after a certain length of time. But the hacks are essentially endless. Clearly being a student on a budget doesn’t mean you always have to live like one!

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