I was contacted by the nice people at Groupon and offered the chance to review their service and give one of you lucky people a £20 voucher.
I thought it seemed like a good idea because I've looked at Groupon a few times but always wimped out at the last minute from buying anything because, to be frank, the offers seemed too good to be true and I was convinced that I would be ripped off or miss some bizarre loophole out and not get the product/deal but still have to pay.
So I took up the challenge, and headed back to their website. I had the app on my phone and, now that I've used the service, it is pretty straightforward but if you're anything like me you might like to go to the full website first to really get an idea of what you're doing.
I was asked to enter my nearest city - and I opted for Bournemouth or Brighton, because nowhere nearer was on the list - but the first time I explored Groupon I thought that the only things on offer were meal vouchers or manicure vouchers in those cities - and since both are well over an hour's drive away on country roads I didn't really see the point of driving there to get a half price meal or a set of gel nails when it would cost me so much in fuel that the discount was well and truly erased!
Well it turns out I was being a bit dim - quite a lot dim actually; yes, there are offers for specific locations where businesses offer discounts - but there are also mini breaks, discounts on trips, and a wide range of products which changes every day that you can choose from.
For some time we've been looking at getting a pressure washer to clean our patio and shed floors, and to wash the cars. We keep putting it off because they're quite a significant outlay and we can't bring ourselves to spend that much on something that will only be used now and then.
So when we saw a pressure washer on Groupon for 70% off we thought it was too good a chance to miss - and opted for that.
The first e-mail we got after entering our details and confirming our choice panicked me as it told us we had bought a voucher - which I thought meant we'd then have to travel to somewhere specific to buy the pressure washer and that they might not have any in stock - but then I read it properly and we just had to wait for the offer to end on the website. Once it ended the order was passed to the company who had listed the offer and they processed it and shipped the pressure washer to us direct - I didn't have to do anything else at all.
It was so straighforward and saved us such a lot on the original price that we're now a bit hooked - and have bought two other offers ourselves since our review product.
The pressure washer is pretty great too - we discovered almost a year after moving in that our patio is actually pink, not sludge coloured!
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Please see the terms and conditions. This was a review post - all opinions are honest and my own - I was given a voucher to try the service and a separate voucher to give away.