Archive for July, 2011

Regretting that Groupon purchase?

As I’ve previously posted, I’m a BIG fan of the ‘daily deal’ sites that are cropping up everywhere. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve either allowed a deadline to sneak past me (was I really going to start Pilates) or stressed myself out / spent more than necessary making sure I used it no matter what!

Deals Go Round is a new site that allows those of us suffering from buyer’s remorse a chance to unload that coupon that you’re never going to use. USA Today reports that if a coupon is popular enough, sellers may even be able to fetch a small profit. Because daily deal sites offer such steep discounts, sellers can list their coupons for more than they paid and still offer a bargain. For buyers, resale sites offer access to deals that are no longer available.

In other cases, sellers may have to ask for less than they paid. This usually happens when a coupon’s expiration date is fast approaching or if the retailer or service is too obscure.

The worst case scenario is that sellers never find a buyer; DealsGoRound says that happens with about a third of its listings.

It’s worth noting that technically, Groupon’s terms of use prohibit the unauthorized resale of its coupons. The fine print on LivingSocial’s site also prohibits the sale of its vouchers. But DealsGoRound, Read the rest of this entry

My Summer Bookshelf

Sunset from paddleboat

Admittedly AWOL – sorry about that! I got the chance to head to KY for a couple of weeks to hang with friends and family & obviously I didn’t do a lick of work. I grew up on a farm about an hour south of Louisville (Luhvill if you’re from there) so when you have a view like this, it’s hard not to just veg…and read! What did come out of my long absence was some of my favorite books for your summer reading!

Heads You Lose by Lisa Lutz & David Hayward – A mystery on its own but the actual relationship that is played out between the authors (exes) throughout the chapters is hysterical.

Don’t Breathe A Word by Jennifer Mcmahon- Did twelve- year-old Lisa really get pulled into a fairy world or was she kidnapped? This haunting tale gave me the creeps & had me guessing well into the last pages.

Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson- With themes of teenage angst, suburban disaffection, and the punk scene in the late 1980s, while also tackling the larger subjects of love, identity, complex family relationships, religion, and sexuality, it’s hard not to love these heavily flawed characters.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I hate to be swayed by hype AND technically this book along with the sequels are found in the young adult section BUT I’m a convert. I flew through this entire dystopian series in less than a week. I can’t wait to see the movie.

Speaking of movies, pick up these other 2 favorites of mine as movies are being cast/made at this very moment: Labor Day by Joyce Maynard & One Day by David Nicholls.