My wife and I will be off to Las Vegas this weekend which means I am in full on deal hound mode. When I travel somewhere there are two things I do in the weeks before I leave, research places to eat and look for discounts on activities, restaurants, tours, etc… I do this not just because I am a cheapskate, but because I think it is fun. I take it as a personal challenge to lower my expenses as much as possible. However, I am not one of those people who creates an itinerary based on my coupons. I think that is a recipe for a bad experience. Instead, I have a list of things I would like to do and if I find a coupon that saves me money great, if not, oh well.
There are a lot of resources online that offer discounted activities or coupons for purchase. Some of these deals can save you a lot of money. Here are some resources for those interested in Portland deals.
Chinook Book: This is a great coupon book that you can purchase at a grocery store like New Seasons or order online. What I like most about this coupon book is the focus on locally owned businesses. Chances are if you have a list of restaurants and activities you want to experience in Portland, some of them will have a coupon in this book. The book is $20 but you will easily make that back and more in savings. Click here for a list of current coupons, take note of the expiration date. Current coupon: buy one get one free coupon for an Ice Cream Sandwich at Ruby Jewel (these things are amazing!).
Entertainment Book: This is another coupon book. The cost of this book is $21. I do not use the entertainment book much because of the heavy focus on fast food and national chains. However, there can be some good value in here so it is worth a look. Current coupon: 50% off various hotels, including Hilton and Hotel Monaco.
Groupon: Groupon is a coupon website where the discounted activity you are purchasing activates as soon as a minimum number of people purchase the activity. Groupon can be a great deal and is always worth a look. Current coupon: $25 for 2.5 hour pedicab brewery tour.
Living Social: Living Social is a Groupon copycat. Living Social does not have as much variety as Groupon but worth a look nonetheless. Current coupon: 50% off Eastside Distillery tasting for 2.
Travel Zoo: Travel Zoo is a travel website that lists various travel deals for flights, hotels, vacation packages, and for my purposes local deals as well. Current deal: two for one deal to Portland Art Museum’s Venice Exhibit.by