Theres a new (ish if you are in Auckland) money saving website thats come to New Zealand, and so far – looks good. Its called Grab One, and I found it via Facebook (fount of all things time wasting) via some friends.
So what’s the deal?
Well, you sign up to Grab One, and then when they have a deal – you can choose to accept the deal if its something you like the look of. Now usually, theres going to be a minimum number of people required to sign up for the deal before it becomes “live”, but if you are one of those first people, you will need to give credit card details, and if the deal goes live, you will have bought the deal. After that, if there are still some places left on the deal, you can buy or not as suits you.
Is it worth it?
Well, today was the first day that Grab One had a deal in Wellington, so its the first time i got to try it out.
As we are intending to go to the cinema at least every other week, and as the Embassy Cinema is 5 minutes (slow) walk away – I though this was well worth a try. I mean $3 for a cinema ticket??? Even on Cheap Tuesdays its $10! The downside is that you can only buy one deal per person, but this did allow me to buy a second ticket as a gift – which I thought I had better send to hubby. So that’s 2 tickets to the Embassy for $6, saving us at least $14.
Now there are some conditions: you can’t use it Friday or Saturday evenings, you cant get Platinum seats at the embassy ( those are the bigger leather couch like seats) and you cant use them for deluxe seats at the Lower Hut Cinema (which have reclining backs). But all those conditions were clearly laid out – in normal sized print, and were really easy to understand – so top marks for not trying to hide anything.
So I guess if you can get money off something you were going to buy anyway – this looks absolutely brilliant. But as with all “money saving deals” it only actually saves you money of you were going to buy it anyway. If you start buying things just because they are on offer – then its actually not saving you money – its making you spend it.
How do you find out about the deals?
There are two ways: sign up for email alerts when there’s a deal in your area, or join the Facebook group and get the alerts as posts on your Facebook newsfeed.
This is currently running in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Waikato Region, and looks like they are expanding across New Zealand.