Finding the deals
It seems as though a new group-buying site crops up every other day. Here are a few to check out.
BuyWithMe, www.buywithme.com. Based in Boston and New York, the company sometimes packages complementary deals, such as ice skating at the Frog Pond and fondue at the Melting Pot. Recent deal: $15 for $30 at Spice & Rice in Cambridge.
The Dealmap, www.thedealmap.com. This aggregator collects local deals from across sites, letting you keep in-box clutter to a minimum.
Gilt City Boston, www.giltcity.com/boston. A spinoff of invitation-only shopping site Gilt, based in New York. Recent deal: $40 for $80 at Max and Dylans in Boston or Charlestown.
Groupon, www.groupon.com. The best-known and biggest group-buying site, with more than 70 million subscribers. Headquartered in Chicago. Recent deal: $25 for $50 at Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Medfield.
LivingSocial, www.livingsocial.com. A D.C.-based spin on the group-buying site that’s growing quickly, with more than 20 million subscribers. Recent deal: $35 for an $80 four-course chef’s tasting menu at Loco Tapas & Wine Bar in Easton.
Rue Boston, www.ruelala.com. A spinoff of invitation-only shopping site Rue La La, based in Boston. Recent deal: $190 for a four-course cooking demo and dinner with wine pairings with chef Ming Tsai at Blue Ginger in Wellesley. A signed cookbook was also included.
Signpost, www.signpost.com. The Manhattan company also lets you post deals you discover yourself and vote for the ones you like best. Recent deal: $12 for all-you-can-eat tacos on Mondays at El Pelon in Brighton.