5 Resolutions for Loving Local in 2014

It’s January, the month of yearly resolutions. So we thought we’d offer a few suggestions to add to your resolutions list (or replace resolutions you’ve already tabled for next year…). These resolutions will help you “love local” in 2014, and get more involved in your own community—something we strongly believe in here at Groupon.

Our top 5 resolutions for Loving Local:

1. Shift 10% of your weekly spending to local businesses.* This could include ordering take-out from a local place rather than a chain, shopping for produce at a local grocery store, or getting your morning latte at a local coffee shop. Just a small shift can make a big difference in your local economy.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 3.01.45 PM2. Make a list of 10 local businesses you want to try in 2014–and then try them! This is a fun way to get to know more businesses around you and get more involved in your community. You never know what local treasure you might find when you start looking!

3. Volunteer regularly with a local non-profit. Many service oriented non-profits are intimately connected to the local community through the work they do. Pick a non-profit that offers services near you so you can get to know the people and issues in your own community. We suggest that you pick one non profit that works on an area you care about (rather than volunteer only once at various nonprofits), and volunteer with them regularly. This with help you develop a deeper relationship with the people you meet there and the issues you work on.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 2.59.26 PM4. Walk or bike somewhere once a week (as it makes sense for you). We think walking and biking is a great way to commute everywhere, but we know that for many people it’s not possible to walk or bike to work or many other places they have to go in life. So instead, we suggest making an effort to walk or bike one place each week—be it to dinner, a friend’s house, or the grocery store. Self-propelled transportation is good for your health, good for the environment, and a great way to see parts of your neighborhood you may miss when driving a car or taking public transportation.

5. Attend a community event once a season. As the seasons come and go, many communities have local events where community members can come together to have fun and support their community. These could include community improvement projects, special shopping nights, summer festivals, or holiday parties. Another great community event to attend is a neighborhood association meeting to become involved in the decisions made about your neighborhood or town.

* For more information about shifting your shopping to local businesses, read our post about the local-focused campaign, Shift Your Shopping.

The Snap Local Challenge

We are loving local in the new year already! Actually, we never really stopped. Visions of local businesses dance in our heads each time we go to sleep. So if you happen to live in the snowy HQ of Groupon in Chicago, take a look at our Snap Local Challenge for your chance at $100 Groupon Bucks!

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Meet Favin the Beauty Maven

As we all emerge from our holiday haze and look forward to the new year, we are excited to announce Groupon’s new face of our burgeoning health, beauty and wellness category, Favin the Beauty Maven.

Favin is now highlighting her expertise across her own blog on Groupon.com, and her social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! She’ll be sharing her beauty tips and tricks and providing insight into a variety of trends and unique treatments, all with an emphasis on maintaining health, beauty and wellness without breaking the bank.

Tune in for Favin’s experiences; she’ll teach you new ways to reduce wrinkles, lengthen those lashes, or bring you along to an in-spa or at-home treatment to calm your nerves and revitalize your soul.

But why not kick off this introduction with a sweepstakes as well? Follow @FavintheMaven on Twitter, and reply to her with a beauty trend you’d like to try. Use the hashtag #Favin2014 in your response for a chance to win $50 in Groupon Bucks. Good luck!

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Last Minute Gifting? Give a Groupon with the Grouponvelope

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Sometimes holiday shopping gets away from you. Either you ran out of time, had someone who is hard to shop for on your list, or your Secret Santa was kept a secret from you. Luckily Groupon has 1000s of local deals for you to choose from and provides you with unique experiences to purchase like classes, concerts, or events you might not have considered as an option.

The second challenge is giving a Groupon creatively. You can print a Groupon and roll it up like a scroll, but there’s the risk of burning yourself with that wax seal. Instead, we’re making it easier to digitally gift your Groupon. Your options:

  • Deliver your gift in electronic style with one of our stunning e-cards. Choose from four themes and select a delivery date at checkout.
  • Get your scissors, tape, and printer ink ready. Delight them with a beautiful do-it-yourself Groupon gift envelope and card!

Watch the video to see the Grouponvelope in action and log in to your account to print yours!


Giving the Gift of Local Experiences

PeekingConcept-mb-1200x628-v1Holiday shopping can be daunting with the pressure to find the right gift for each of the people on your holiday gift list. You may have an idea of what you want, but finding the right “thing” online or in a store can be harder than it sounds. But yet, when it comes to buying presents for the holidays, the first things that come to mind are exactly that—things. A new watch, a cool gadget, a fancy kitchen appliance, the newest toys. And while sometimes these things are the perfect gift, they can also end up being a less-than-personal item that spends more time cluttering up someones house or closet, than actually bringing them joy.

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Groupon Scores 100% on Corporate Equality Index

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This isn’t a humble brag. This is an all out, overt-brag.

In its first year of participation, Groupon received a score of 100% in the 2014 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI). With this exciting achievement, Groupon has been named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the HRC. Groupon is proud to join the 303 other businesses that received 100% rankings for 2014.

Read more HERE on our People Blog.

6 Deals on Your Pet’s Wish List

If you’re like us, you’re always trying to find the best deals for your pets. They’re just too cute not to spoil. Plus, they won’t let you sleep if they know their wish list isn’t being tended to. Here are our top six picks for our favorite pet items on Groupon Goods.

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Whether your dog has been naughty or nice, the only way Santa will be able to geotarget your pup’s stocking is with this LED Santa Collar. We’re pretty sure that’s how reindeer navigation works.

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If your cat isn’t a beneficiary in your will, the next best thing you can do is allow them to feel like part of the family with this CatGenie litter box. It’s better than them having opposable thumbs and leaving the toilet seat up.

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Nail spas don’t like it when you dip your pooch’s paws into the pedicure bowl. DIY with these Dog Nail Polish Bundles.

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Shop Local on Small Business Saturday, Shop Local with Groupon

Today is Small Business Saturday, a day when local communities come together to celebrate small businesses and reinvest in their own local economy and neighborhood. Created in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, encouraging consumers to make their holiday purchases at small, local businesses that offer a rich array products and services. SmallBusinessSat

At Groupon, we share this belief in shopping locally, because while we are a company of thousands of employees and one cat, we are also a network of tens of thousands of small businesses. Ninety-four percent of Groupon merchants are locally owned, and 90% of our merchants employ fewer than 20 employees. This means that purchases made through Groupon are connecting our customers with specialized, small-scale businesses that contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community.

Caitlin Picture the hideout“Before coming to work at Groupon I was a manager at a family owned chain of cafes here in Chicago. I appreciate the enormous struggle small business owners face in competing with big businesses. I love the variety of small businesses in my community and would be sad if I only had…chain restaurants”. – Caitlin McIntyre

Through the Groupon website, you can buy a Groupon as a gift for family and friends living in any of Groupon’s cities, giving loved ones the gift of discovering their new favorite restaurant, shop, or service and deepening their own connection to their community. Groupon’s local deals allow a mom living in California to buy her son a deal for half off drinks at his local, independent coffee shop in Brooklyn, a friend in Chicago to buy her former roommate a massage at a new boutique spa near her office in St. Louis, or a grandmother to buy her grandson $50 worth of handmade socks at the local shoe store.

Kelly Picture Ann Sather “I love local because it becomes personal, and local business promotes a tight-knit community.” – Kelly Day

No matter if you live in an urban metropolis, the suburbs, or a rural area, Groupon allows you to make a difference with your gift purchases by putting your dollars toward local, independent businesses throughout the holiday season. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend more than $465 billion on gifts this holiday season. What if all that money was spent on purchases supporting local, independent business?

Did you know?

  •  48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers —  Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
  • Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration

In celebration of Small Business Saturday, we created a curated collection of unique local Groupon merchants in your community to ensure you discover a new favorite local spot. We at Groupon encourage you to shop at local and small businesses today and everyday, whether you’re exploring the thousands of local offers we have in your neighborhood and neighborhoods throughout the world, or hitting the pavement to explore or rediscover what the small businesses in your community have to offer. Your friends and your community will thank you—and probably send a fruit basket.

 

Don’t Forget: Check Groupon First on Black Friday!

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We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are finding creative ways to combine all your leftovers into one delicious sandwich. Also, we hope you’ve visited Groupon.com today to check your account! We put $100 million in Groupon Bucks in the hands of tens of millions of subscribers today!

So what does that mean for you? You can head to Groupon’s Gift Shop and start saving on Black Friday without having to leave your house.

We’ve taken the guess work out of gifting by handpicking our best products on Groupon Goods. Explore our collections and find gifts for those special someones or those hard-to-shop-for someones. Giving the gift of Groupon means you can treat someone to their favorite local spot, a new experience, or a favorite brand that everyone loves.

Still having trouble? Our gifting experts, Trish and Donald, are here to help. If you missed a Groupon Holiday Gift-Giving Network episode, ’tis the season for binge watching. You can see past episodes here!