Coupon sites that could save you hundreds

When group coupon site Groupon went online, similar sites started popping up everywhere. Pretty soon they were turning down multi-billion dollar buyout offers from Google, prompting Facebook to consider a similar feature, and setting the tone for the new industry.
The idea for all these sites is that with large numbers of buyers and titillating promotions, daily coupons usually worth 50-70 percent off become a win-win for customers and businesses.
With ever more regional and national competitors trying to get your email address, here is a list of popular group coupon websites that could help you save money in your city.

Groupon.com

Group coupons have become a powerful tool for people to save on activities around their hometown. There are dozens of these sites now offering limited-time deals, typically by city. (Groupon.com/AP)

Groupon built the online group coupon model and has led the way ever since. Along with its competitors the site offers discounts of 50-70 percent off goods and services at restaurants, retail stores, spas, and travel. What the other sites don't have is $1 billion in capital investment and a valuation of up to $25 billion. Groupon has increased from 4 million unique visitors per month last year to over 20 million this year but with LivingSocial closing the gap, Groupon will need to continue their growth to hold onto the lead.

LivingSocial.com

Group coupons have become a powerful tool for people to save on activities around their hometown. There are dozens of these sites now offering limited-time deals, typically by city. (LivingSocial.com/AP)

The two biggest players in the group coupon world are Groupon and LivingSocial. Though LivingSocial started before Groupon, it didn't get into the group coupon business until after Groupon and has been trying to shake the label of "Groupon clone" ever since. But LivingSocial has been closing the gap between it and Groupon and the latest valuation for the company was $3 billion having just finished a $400 million capital campaign. Their popularity has grown as well with an increase from 1 million to 9 million unique page views in the last year.

BuyWithMe.com

Group coupons have become a powerful tool for people to save on activities around their hometown. There are dozens of these sites now offering limited-time deals, typically by city. (BuyWithMe.com/AP)

With the hundreds of competing group coupon sites, BuyWithMe is one who's name frequently gets mentioned as one of the leaders after Groupon and LivingSocial. The site serves multiple US cities and unlike other sites, offers more than just one coupon deal per day. While Groupon, LivingSocial, and others require a user's email address before showing that day's deal, BuyWithMe allows everyone to see the selection of coupons available without first entering personal data.

Tippr.com

Group coupons have become a powerful tool for people to save on activities around their hometown. There are dozens of these sites now offering limited-time deals, typically by city. (Tippr.com screenshot)

After Groupon, LivingSocial, and BuyWithMe, the ranking becomes less clear. There are over 500 such group coupon sites but Tippr is among the top contenders for your attention. In 2010, the company acquired Chitown Deals and FanForce. Tippr serves Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.

DealOn.com

Group coupons have become a powerful tool for people to save on activities around their hometown. There are dozens of these sites now offering limited-time deals, typically by city. (DealOn.com/AP)

Acquired by ReachLocal in March, DealOn has garnered more attention than most of the hundreds of group coupon sites that have emerged in the last two years. DealOn serves many cities while most group coupon sites specialize in just a handful of cities, and is valued at $10 million.