New ways to save: Daily deal websites hit Richmond

By Sabrina Squire - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A growing trend in bargains has finally made its way to Richmond.  Daily deal websites have been online in many cities across the U.S. and now river city residents can get in on the money saving action.

In today's more bang for your buck we take a look at three new websites that promise deep discounts at local businesses. went live in Richmond in early July and quickly caught the eye of Sarah Waldron.

"Cause I like to save money," she said.

Sarah saw an ad for the daily deal site on Facebook and was excited to see how much money she could save.

"Who doesn't want to get stuff for half off every day," she said.

She cashed in on the first deal she saw, a half price gift certificate to Julep's restaurant in Shockoe Bottom.

"I'll come here and have a great meal for half of what it would have cost me without Living Social," she said.

There's even a way to get these deals free.

"If you get three of your friends to sign up you get yours free," said Amy Cabaniss, owner of Julep's New Southern Cuisine. "Potentially, I have a way to market to 85 million people."

Julep's sold 161 gift certificates the first day with and has seen a big jump in fans on the restaurant's Facebook page.

"I just think it's a really creative way to get your name out, get folks in the door, and just promote your business in a fun way," Cabaniss said. also went live in Richmond this month and Kate Benson was quick to sign up.  She had seen the money saving power of on a recent trip to visit her brother in Chicago.  He used the site to take her out to dinner at a deep discount.

"It's just another way to get a product, to get it fast, and to get it half off which is always great," Benson said. is a locally run daily deal site that will be online in the next few weeks.  President Megan Szeremet told us how much Richmonders can expect to save.

"Anywhere from 40 percent to 90 percent so we really do have some good surprises in there for our Richmonders," Szeremet said.

The sites use group buying to negotiate great deals on local goods, services, and events.  With, once you sign up you'll get an e-mail alerting you to the deal of the day, if you buy it you'll get a voucher the next day that you can print and then enjoy the savings.

With Groupon and PlanetQpon, in order to get the deal of the day a certain number of people must sign up for it.

Even though PlanetQpon has not gone live yet, you can still sign up so you don't miss out on any of the deals.

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