Smooth Sale-ing: Social deals online

Find out what the deal-io is with online social savings.

Group buying and daily deals online are a trendy way to get the best items while only paying half the price. Websites like LivingSocial and Groupon are all the rage when it comes to eating out or wandering about the city — and they even have apps for your iPhone. Unfortunately, these popular sites rarely have a steal in the Centre County area, but fear not, we’ve got some online saving alternatives. has daily free samples, ranging anything from perfume to coffee. Most of the samples are easy to sign up for and, within a few weeks, are delivered right to your mailbox. has limited-time State College deals like a recent restaurant bargain for Zola New World Bistro (324 W. College Ave.) and Fasta & Ravioli Company (129 S. Fraser St.), which allowed you to purchase a $20 gift card for half the price. This Centre Daily Times-sponsored site has more than just dinner deals. There are also health, beauty and entertainment offers such as a haircut at Changing Times Hair Designs (333 S. Allen St.). A full color and cut, worth $100, will only cost $50 with the certificate!

For the best buys on food, has the gift certificates that will save you some dough. In the State College section, a Green Bowl (131 W. Beaver Ave.) $10 voucher is only five bucks. For tasty burgers at the Gingerbread Man (130 Heister St.), $25 will get you a $50 certificate. For delivery, though, is still the ordering spot, as it has daily food specials for whatever cuisine you’re craving.

So whether you’re dining out or looking for fun, be sure to surf the Web first for local deals that won’t break the bank.

Photo by Nina Abbott

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