Launched in November 2008, Groupon popularized the deal-a-day concept for daily discounted "coupons" or gift certificates good for deals at local retailers and service providers, such as spa treatments, classes, restaurants, massages, tanning salons, haircuts, offering 50% to as much as 90% off retail price.
An entire industry has been spawned by Groupon and there are now hundreds of daily deal sites around the world. Locally here in the Conejo Valley and Greater Ventura County, ConejoDeals.com was the first site to launch a daily deal program, back in April 2010.
Deal-a-day sites can be addictive. Some people I know buy deals all the time, while others like to take a look every now and then. Generally you purchase a deal, pay, print the certificate and use it before it expires.
Below are websites that offer daily deals, anytime deals and/or good old fashioned coupons in the Ventura County area*:
ConejoDeals.com - Daily deals centered in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.
Conejo Valley Corridor - Offers a discount card fundraising program that benefits local schools and non-profits while offering everyday discounts at over 85 local area businesses.
Groupon Ventura County - Groupon started this VC daily deal site in October 2010.
LivingSocial.com Ventura County - Came to Ventura County in April 2011.
Amazon Local Ventura County - Daily deal aggregator with both local deals and deals from national chains and online merchants.
Bogopod.com - Has both everyday printable coupons and limited time vouchers that are usually available a day or two. Covers businesses throughout Ventura County.
Restaurant.com - Offers an array of discount gift certificates at local restaurants. Worth checking out. Do be aware of minimum purchase requirements when you buy.
MOGL.com - Sign up and receive 10% cash back when you dine at over