If there’s one thing Winnipeggers love, it’s a bargain. This I can say for certain after living here for 2 1/2 years. From driving across town to save a few cents on gas — or across the border to pick up 25lbs of cream cheese (I’m looking at you, Auntie!) — to our obsession with garage sales, there are all sorts of indications that there’s little this town loves more than saving money.
One of the perks of having a blog is being approached by companies to help promote their products or services. It’s something I’ve never taken advantage of until now, because I wasn’t really sure whether I wanted to open that particular can of worms. And I’m not sure I would have, except for over the last few months I happened to be approached by two newish sites that are based on the same premise: getting deals through group buying. The idea is strength in numbers. If enough people agree to buy a particular deal, everyone benefits from steep discounts at local businesses, which include restaurants, retail stores, services, recreation facilities, etc.
The concept piqued my interest and, well, it must be something in our fine Winnipeg water, because the deals sound just too good to resist. I took TeamBuy and WagJag up on their offers of credits for their respectives sites, and also some some extras (see Reader Giveaways below) which I will give to you, loyal readers! And while I’m on the topic of group buying sites, I’ll touch on Groupon and OneSpout for good measure.
WagJag recently made its foray into the Winnipeg market with a pretty cool PR campaign: show up at a particular eatery or shop at a given time, and WagJag will foot the bill or dole out some sweet freebies. WagJag’s offers are often for companies that are a little less well-known, which I think is cool because it’s a neat way to explore your own city and its local businesses. They also have deals for some bigger names, like Hu’s Asian Bistro and Hakim Optical. The nice thing about WagJag is that their deals are often valid for more than 24 hours, and at any given time there are several deals on the go.
With my complimentary WagJag credit, I happily tested out the site and scored a couple of 70% off gift certificates for a eco-friendly house cleaning service. The process was very smooth and took me all of a minute to process.
I have 4 tickets to give away to WagJag’s invite-only family-friendly block party from 2-5 on Sunday, March 27. There will be a gourmet coffee bar, a slushie bar, and snacks from local favourite food places. Moses Mayes will be the entertainment, and there will be activities for both kids and adults. Sounds like a lot of fun! To have your name entered, please leave a comment telling me how many tickets (out of 4) you’d like!
Team Buy is another sweet Canadian company with deals for almost 30 cities. In Winnipeg, they’ve recently featured deals at Marble Slab, The Nook, Academy Uptown Lanes, Archangel Fireworks, Yoga Pilates and More, and Jonnie’s Sticky Buns. I’m told there will be upcoming deals include Pineridge Hollow Restaurant (the perfect place for a quick road trip, if you ask me!) and Sushi Daruma. I’ve got some complimentary Team Bucks credits burning a hole in my pocket, but I’m waiting for the perfect buy to use ’em.
I like TeamBuy’s layout a lot, and appreciate the nicely formatted buy details. You can also send any questions you have about the buy to the vendor, and answers are posted for others to see. Very handy feature!
Leave a comment telling me your favourite way to get a deal, and you’ll be entered into a draw for $30 in Team Bucks, which you can use to make purchases on TeamBuy.ca!
Same concept as the others. My only real beef is that Groupon, you have to enter your email address to view the deal of the day. Annoying if you just want to see what the fuss is about, but not a big deal if you’re going to subscribe to their daily emails or join the site anyway. I recently snagged a $50 voucher Lux for Sprouts voucher for just $15: the deal was $25, plus I used the $10 off promo code that I got when I joined Groupon. Not too shabby!
Some recent deals include vouchers from 50-90% off at places like Laura Secord, The Body Shop and IMAX.
Hat tip to Save Money in Winnipeg for this one! OneSpout is a Canadian group-buying aggregator – it rounds up current offers for a particular city (in our case, Winnipeg) from a bunch of different group-buying websites and presents them in an easy-to-scan format. Or they’ll send you a daily email that lists all current offers in one go.
So whether you’re going broke saving money or legitimately saving a few bucks, these team buying sites are worth checking out. Being frugal can definitely be fun. Thanks to TeamBuy.ca and WagJag for the credits and inside scoop on upcoming deals!
*Reader Giveaway details — I’ll accept entries until Friday March 18 at 11:59pm (local time, of course!). To choose winners, I’ll number the comments in the order they’re received and generate a random number from random. org to see who wins!