Technology seriously blows me away.
Surely you’ve heard of Groupon, LivingSocial, BuyWithMe, and the many other group buying coupon sites that allow you to get highly discounted prices on gift certificates to local restaurants, yoga studios and gyms, cleaning services, etc. You probably know how much I love bargain shopping by now (and if you didn’t, now ya do) so it shouldn’t surprise you that I am subscribed to almost every single one of these for DC and get overly excited every morning to see what the deals are for the day.
Just recently, (as in yesterday I think) LivingSocial launched an “Instant Deals” section on their site, which features local restaurants with deals you have to use, well, instantly. I got an email yesterday saying they were doing “$1 lunch deals” today on various places around DC, but wouldn’t reveal where the specific deals will take place until just before lunchtime today. I clicked over to browse the Instant Deals on the website, and it is wild. All the deals have a time frame – some have to be used in one-two hours, some have one day, some have longer. But, the bottom line is, once you purchase it, you have to use it by a certain time or your credit card is refunded and the deal is off.
I found a deal for $40 for $25 to a cute DC sushi place, Sushi Go Round that had to be used last night. I had to meet up with my friend Jillian to hand over some clothes she left at my place last Friday after the 5k, so I impulsively purchased the coupon and off we went.
Though it’s a rotating sushi bar inside, we opted to sit outside because the weather was absolutely GORGEOUS.
We started with a seaweed salad (my favorite).
And split both. These are two of my favorite appetizers at any sushi place, and they did not disappoint at all.
After munching on those, we got round one of sushi.
Spicy tuna rolls down the middle (one for each of us), eel avocado to the left (for me), and salmon to the right (for Jill). These were all fabulous. Jill didn’t think she liked eel, but then I made her try it and she loved it! I was actually surprised with how delicious the sushi was. I had been to Sushi Go Round once before and it was good but not great, but this time it was awesome.
So, what else to do but order more?
Spicy crunchy salmon roll to the left and sweet potato tempura roll (!!!) to the right, both to share. Both rolls were even better than the first – maybe because they were both fried? Either way, totally delicious.
After we finished eating, I told our waitress we had a LivingSocial deal, so she sent the manager over to our table and he was geared up with an iPad. I pulled out my phone to pull up the deal.
He plugged that number into his ipad, and we got the bill for the remaining 35 cents. It was SO cool/crazy to watch the restaurant manager come over with an ipad, and then hand over our bill with the coupon applied. Technology is insane.
I headed home afterwards and was greeted by an exciting sight when I walked in my apartment.
Occasion-less roses, my favorite kind! Plus coffee (we were out) and…
A lentil smiley face. We’re cool like that.
Good job, Wil. =)
Do you participate in Groupon, LivingSocial, other group coupon sites or not so much? What’s your favorite one? Best deal you ever got from one? As I mentioned above, I love them all, but LivingSocial has been my favorite lately. I loved the $9 for two movie tickets at Fandango.com deal, and also 5 Bikram classes for $25!