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Discount Deal & Coupon Sites Verses Black Friday

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

With Black Friday approaching this coming Friday, the last payday before Christmas I thought I would share something that is available the whole year through.

Did you know there are a couple of very good discount deals and coupon sites that offer up to an astonishing 90% off on items such as homeware to exotic holidays?

You're maybe thinking "I'm not sure of the quality/returns and it sounds complicated", well I wouldn't blame you. These were some of the things I thought about before taking the leap into the unknown of discount and coupon sites.

Here is what your missing out on, the sites, the amazing offers, and the great experiences.

Halong Bay, Vietnam ©MDHarding

Discount Deal & Coupon Sites Verses Black Friday

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Groupon was launched in 2008, an online American e-commerce site that offers activities, travel, goods, and services in 15 countries. The site offers daily local deals with a select number of Groupons available.

Refunds for local deals, customers can return any unredeemed Groupon for a refund of the amount paid within the first three days after purchase. After that, all sales are final unless stated otherwise in the fine print. However, the customer's unredeemed voucher is always worth at least the amount paid for it.

I have used Groupon on several occasions to purchase experiences and goods since 2011. During that time I have had to enquire twice about two separate purchases. On both occasions, Groupon customer service was very quick in resolving the issues and refunding the full balance paid. The issue was nothing to do with Groupon but with the provider of the goods. I still enjoy looking at and purchasing the right Groupon.

So before you travel, get that one-off deal, at a nice restaurant, spa treatment, or helicopter trip!



LivingSocial is a leading marketplace to buy and share the best things to do in your city - or wherever you may be. Providing a trusted, convenient source for finding value in everyday items and activities and identifying novel, enriching, and fun experiences for you to enjoy and share with your friends.

Registered in America, launching in 2007 it was one of Groupon's competitors and was subsequently bought by Groupon in 2016.

The refund policy is slightly different where any unredeemed voucher may be returned within the first three days of purchase for a refund of the amount paid. After that three-day time period, LivingSocial will not refund any voucher and all sales are final unless otherwise stated in the fine print.

If you miss the Groupon deal you we're looking for, you might catch it here on Livingsocial-UK. With something for all the family from a delicious afternoon tea to a supercar driving experience and a trip for the kids to Amazonia, what are you waiting for?



Wowcher Ltd is the second largest British e-commerce marketplace active in the UK and Ireland founded in 2001. The site allows subscribers access to products and services from local merchants. It serves 52 cities around the UK and Ireland.

You can cancel a Wowcher or apply for a refund without giving any reason within fourteen days from the day after the day you receive the Voucher, provided that you have not already redeemed the Voucher (i) at a Supplier or (ii) as a Wowcher Wallet Credit.

Refund requests received 15 days or more after the day you received the Wowcher is considered on a case-by-case basis. You can request a credit to be applied to your Wowcher Wallet. If you have redeemed your Wowcher, please ensure you have allowed the advertised delivery period to pass.

If you redeem towards another deal or claim a Wowcher Wallet Credit, it will be of an amount equal to 100% of the purchase price, if the claim is made not more than 30 days after the date of issue, otherwise, it will be 50% of the purchase price. Still keeping to the validity of the Wowcher period.

I have experienced all of the above on three separate occasions. I was really happy with the friendly and helpful customer service and that each situation was handled very quickly.

I have created wonderful memories with Wowcher. We traveled to Vietnam - Land of the Blue Dragon. Somewhere I would highly recommend.


5pm is a local site based in Glasgow where you can book offers at restaurants, hotels, spas & salons across Scotland plus get amazing daily deals throughout the UK. Since launching in 1999 the 5pm service has been credited with a number of major awards winning: The Winners on the WebBest Dot Com of 2001, The Royal Mail’s Grand Prix Award for Marketing, The John Logie Baird Award for Innovation, VisitScotland’s Thistle Award for Marketing, National Business Awards.

No fuss refunds Buy with no risk! We’re happy to offer a refund within 14 days of purchase unless you have made a booking or purchased a dated event.

More than ever I am away traveling, with little time to enjoy local restaurants, etc but on one occasion we used to sail doon the Watter on board Scotland's paddle steamer - PS Waverley. What a great day that was too!

Looking for some Christmas Gift Inspiration or something for your Secret Santa? has lots of great ideas.



Travelzoo launched in America in May 1998 an Internet company that publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel, entertainment, and local businesses such as restaurants and spas. It has 28 million members in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 25 offices worldwide.

Vouchers sold for date-specific events are not eligible for a refund. You can refund valid vouchers within 14 days of purchase in My Account online. After fourteen (14) days of the purchase of your voucher, the issuing of a credit is at the sole discretion of the Merchant unless otherwise required by applicable law.

I'm surprised after being a member since 2010 I have yet to purchase anything. They have some incredible travel deals.


I hope you have enjoyed reading and find the perfect deal for the ideal present/gifts or perhaps an exotic getaway. As always, I would love to hear from you with any comments/questions you have. You can contact me via email at or find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks for reading and following. If you enjoyed reading, don't forget to share! Sharing is caring x

Disclaimer: Information is correct at the time of writing. Sorry, some sites are only available for UK residents.

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