My rule of thumb when it comes to buying things from Groupon, Living Social, or any other deal-of-the-day site is to purchase things that I would likely have purchased anyway. Typically this has limited us to buying vouchers for restaurants (since we eat out sometimes anyways), and for stores where we do shopping anyways (e.g. Amazon, CVS, The Body Shop).
I knew I was stepping outside of my ‘comfort zone’ a little bit when I saw a Living Social for a lawn and garden company named Final Touch Lawn and Landscaping, based in Livionia, MI. They were offering lawn aeration for $45. This is a service that I had been planning to do sometime soon anyways. For those who aren’t familiar, they basically come with a machine that pulls plugs of soil (about the size of a wine cork) out of your grass. These create thousands of holes, and the idea is that it loosens the soil, it provides space for the roots of the grass to grow into, and allows space for fertilizer and water to penetrate. The plugs eventually break down, and the soil works its way back in, though now looser. It’s not an essential service but one that I’ve never had done and was hoping to do.