Groupon (http://www.groupon.com) is a great way to save money on restaurants, services, trips, etc.. Many merchants use Groupon to draw customers in, it is a great marketing idea which works for both you and the merchant. Savings up to 20% are fairly common although sometimes there some restrictions, so it is best to research and read the fine print to avoid surprises. Groupons are also a great way to try new restaurants, and in fact this is what restaurants’ goal in the first place, they want to draw in new customers like yourself.
Traditional coupons are still used at grocery stores, department stores, and consumer product outlets, online merchants have replaced traditional coupons special discounts or promotion codes, those are normally applied towards the total balance during checkout, you can find these promotion codes by searching Google, Bing, or your favorite search engine, and often save 10% to 15% on your favorite product and often get free shipping.
This history of coupons dates back to 1888, the Coca-Cola representatives distributed complimentary coupons for free Coca-Cola drinks, this transformed marketing campaigns for many large corporations. In 1930 during the great depression, coupon usage grew dramatically and benefited both corporations and consumers.