January 26, 2013

Groupon...who knew it could tell you something new about the town in which you live?

I know, I know; I'm a little late to the party - but I just discovered Groupon.

Sure, I'd heard about it and even went so far as to check it out at one point, but couldn't find it in myself to commit and give them my email address.

Not because I don't love saving, because I do!  But because the thought of one more email hitting my inbox that wasn't personal, business or blog related just made me want to pull out my hair and run screaming down the street.

As you know, I am now the proud owner of FIVE (yes, FIVE) email addresses and as you can imagine, they all pretty much get filled up with random crap.  Look at something on Amazon?  Then you can be sure that email starts pinging with "Since you looked at this, we thought you might like that" emails.  Bought something using another email ten years ago?  Well, you are surely still receiving their advertising emails - despite the fact that you've "unsubscribed" at least fifteen times.  And, of course, each of those addresses are all receiving the "You have inherited one million dollars - all you need to do is send me your banking details, along with your first born child to collect...."

It's enough to drive one to drink.  Seriously drink.

The thought of submitting myself VOLUNTARILY to receive emails was just too much to contemplate.  And so, I've ignored it.

Until tonight.  A friend texted me that they got a great deal on Groupon for dinner and wanted to know if we would join them.  Unfortunately, we were unable to take them up on the offer but it set the wheels in my mind to spinning.  So I peeked.  And unfortunately, you can't peek without signing up.  So I took a deep breath and did it.

And guess what?  I discovered something.

Not only is Groupon a place to snag some deals; it is also a place to find out about things about the town in which you live.  I have lived here for about sixteen years now (HOW is that possible?!  Five years, yes.  Ten years, maybe.  But SIXTEEN?) and I never, ever knew that we had our very own lantern-led ghost tour!  Who'd have thought that this little burg would have any ghost stories to give up?  But then again, some of the best ghost stories have centered around the small, tucked out of the way places.

I asked Hubby about it and he'd never heard of it either.  Hmmm, obviously they don't advertise much.  But now that I know about it we will be attending eventually.  When the weather warms up.  Hopefully, there will still be a Groupon by then.  I'd buy the one I saw tonight but you have to use it before the end of March.  And the way our weather has been acting, I seriously doubt if it will be nice enough to wander around downtown following a tour guide for ninety minutes.  And I don't care how good the ghost stories are, I am not wandering around in the rain, snow, sleet or cold for ninety minutes - even with a great Groupon deal.

This post is NOT sponsored in any way, shape or form, by Groupon. 


  1. A ghost tour? You??? I had know idea you were into that sort of thing!

  2. We have fantastic ghost tours here, as we also have almost 400 years of history as well. That said, I'll stick to that kind of tour... you could keep the ghosties all to yourself. :)

  3. I don't do Groupon either. Quite honestly, since we live in a tourist town we try to avoid all those deals because we avoid the places in which tourists flock and that is where the Groupon deals are for. Well not all of them, but a lot of them.

    We supposedly have some haunted hotels in San Antonio. I've never been to them and have no desire whatsoever.

  4. Look at you, pimping for Groupon. Is that some American thing?

    We do a 'haunted hike' here in St. John's in the summer (when parkas are NOT mandatory anymore). I guess it's not that surprising there's a ghost or two after 500 years of history.

    Happy hiking! Though don't do it on a dark and stormy night...

  5. I have heard of Groupon, but I've never even checked it out. Ghost tours? Hailey would love that but i'm with you, I'll stay inside where it's warm and cozy.

  6. I've bought something from Groupon once. I really should check it out more often.

  7. I've done Groupon a number of times. Great deals!

    A haunted tour???? Oh, Gigi. I would cling to you like Saran Wrap, and then I would write about it. :-)