Denver Social Couponing Site Saves Money, Businesses

LivingSocial Denver Gives Free Vouchers If Friends Buy

You've probably heard about social networking, but what about social couponing?

It's already saved Mickki Langston serious money.

"It is sort of exciting to get a new coupon every morning," said Langston, a Lakewood resident who recently joined the newest daily deal site, "It's very easy. I didn't have to do much."

Like other daily voucher websites, LivingSocial features a deal that lasts for one day (72 hours on weekends) and membership is free.

Customers can buy a "coupon" or voucher, print it and save on everything from whitewater rafting to spa packages to restaurants.

LivingSocial expanded to the Denver market in March.

WaterCourse Foods, a Denver vegetarian restaurant, was one of the first to offer a deal in the area -- a voucher good for $35 worth of food for $15.

In one weekend, LivingSocial sold nearly 1,200 of the vouchers.

WaterCourse Foods General Manager Chadwick Breithaupt said it has been a big boost to business during these tough economic times.

"We see a lot of people coming in, and I feel we've gotten a lot more new customers coming in because of this, a little more exposure," said Breithaupt.

But LivingSocial takes social couponing to the next level.

Customers can share their deal with friends on Facebook, Twitter or e-mail, and if three friends buy the same deal, they get it free.

"We want to incentivize the consumer to share this with their friends. This isn't called living solitary, it's called living social," said Chad Nell with LivingSocial Denver.

Mickki Langston says three of her friends have cashed in on one of her recommended deals.

"So that meant that I got one of my own vouchers for free," she said. "That's a very good deal!"

Check out their deals at Living Social

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