Saturday, March 17, 2012

Use Yelp to Save Money

By now you're probably familiar with Yelp, the "real people, real reviews" website.  Chances are if you Google anything, the Yelp review will come up.  Besides giving you reviews that help you decide if you want to spend your hard-earned cash at a place, Yelp can actually save you money.  Here's how:

Look for check-in offers with the Yelp app.  In the Yelp app, go to "Nearby" and then select "Check-In Offers."  A list of coupons or special offers will pop-up. They will only be "unlocked" or usable after you have checked-in. 

Check-in offers vary but they can help save you money. For example, many offers are buy one, get one free.  At Gaetano's of West Berlin in New Jersey, check-in to get 1 free 2 Liter soda with any purchase or check-in to Revive Fitness in Philadelphia to get 1 free class.  Other deals include 25% off at Q BBQ and Tequila, 10% off total store purchase at Di Bruno Bros, and $10 off $50 at Sports Authority in Philadelphia.

The nice part about Check-In Offers-you don't have to plan ahead or clip coupons for them. Instead if you're out, you search for Check-In Offers to grab last-minute deals. 

Helpful Info:
  • The Yelp app is available for the Iphone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, and Palm Pre. Of course, it's free.
  • Not sure what a check-in is? A check-in lets your Yelp friends know where you are or where you've been. On the Yelp app, select Check-Ins when you arrive at a location. After you have checked-in, you can tap on the offer to reveal the offer and how to redeem it.
  • Remember to check the offers frequently. Offers change often. 
  • Most offers aren't going to be valid with other coupons or deals from sites like Living Social or Groupon.

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