I’m signed up for probably 5 different Groupon-like deal sites, and I get pretty sucked in when something good comes through my Inbox. My favorites are when restaurants that we already like (Zocalo Cafe!) are offering a $10 for $20 deal. I always snatch those up. However, I’ve been tempted by some of the yoga deals too.
Many of them turn out great. The AntiGravity Yoga one I got through Living Social introduced me to a fun new way to yoga. I also got to try out a studio in Dallas called The Mat, which makes keeping up with my practice while visiting family and friends pretty easy peasy. I get to do something new, and those studios get new customers trying them out. I feel like everyone wins.
But here’s the problem that I’ve been having with Groupon and other deal sites. I have to be really vigilant about reading the expiration date and how long a pass is valid after activation or I end up wasting money. (OR, it’s no longer a deal once it expires and is worth only the amount I paid for it.) Especially now that we don’t get out of the house as often as we did pre-child, I forget that I bought a Groupon months ago and suddenly, it’s about to expire with no time available to go use it.
Here’s my advice when it comes to yoga-related Groupons:
- Check the expiration date and “valid for” time, then cross check it against your calendar. Will you realistically have time to use the Groupon to its full potential before it loses value?
- Read the fine print for whether it’s for new customers only.
- If you’re working on using existing passes at a studio, check to see when those run out. Do you have time to use that one AND the Groupon deal?
- Make sure the deal is for the studio you want if there are multiple locations.
- Figure out how many classes you need to attend to feel like you’ve broken even. So a $40 deal for 5 classes sounds great. If in the end, you only made it to 2 classes, $20/class isn’t a deal if the walk-up rate is $18/class.
- Finally, set reminders for yourself for when the passes expire. Seeing that on the calendar always sets things in motion to make sure I use the pass in time.
- With that said, try to use the pass soon after buying it. This guarantees that you won’t forget about it, and it eventually loses value.
There’s almost always a yoga-related deal going on. If you’re not already signed up for it, here is my referral link: Groupon