Orlando Daily Deals

Who doesn’t love a good bargain?

As a kid, I had fun accom­pa­ny­ing my mother to garage sales to hunt for trea­sures. In recent years, I have found some great deals by haunt­ing the half-price spe­cials and online auc­tions offered by var­i­ous radio and TV sta­tions, and some newspapers.

For exam­ple, a friend and I each got a year-long couple’s gym mem­ber­ship – includ­ing all the classes – last fall for just $100 from an online auc­tion spon­sored by a radio sta­tion. (Never mind that our hus­bands only stepped inside the place once; my friend and I have enjoyed going together!) When I wanted to take my daugh­ter to get her hair done for a grad­u­a­tion treat, I found half-price cer­tifi­cates online for my favorite salon. I even col­lected money from her vol­ley­ball team to buy pedi­cures (at half price) for her coaches at the end of the season.

I just heard there’s a great new place to look for half-price deals – in our email inboxes. If you reg­is­ter at http://orlando.odealsdaily.com/ (it’s free and they don’t sell your email address), you will get a daily email offer­ing a lim­ited num­ber of half-price cer­tifi­cates for one restau­rant, spa, club, hotel, golf course, or enter­tain­ment attrac­tion in the Orlando area. And this is cool – if you refer the deal to three friends who choose to buy it too, you get yours free!

When you buy that day’s deal, you will receive a con­fir­ma­tion num­ber and a link to print your cer­tifi­cate. You can use it for din­ner that night!

There’s no advance notice of what deals will be offered, so you’ll want to check your email each day to see what’s new. I like that you don’t have to remem­ber to visit a cer­tain Web site to see what the deal is, since it comes right to our email account.

While it would be nice to know what’s com­ing up, the mys­tery makes it kind of fun. And get­ting a deal always inspires me to try some new place that I might not have planned to visit, or return to a favorite. Some­how, when I get a bar­gain, I am always a lit­tle more adven­tur­ous and will­ing to take a chance.

I won­der what will be in my inbox tomor­row? I hope it’s for a restau­rant, because I don’t feel like cooking.

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