You buy an item or pay for an activity and they send you a voucher for it. You take the voucher (or use the code on it) to the merchant and redeem it for what you purchased, generally at a very big discount.
These sites are so far down the list of places people think about for prepping that not only do they not make the list, but it makes people confused. It just doesn’t compute – aren’t those sites about discounted spa days, restaurants, museum tickets, and hotels?
Well, yes, definitely – but if you really look deeper at what they offer, there is an astounding cornucopia of goods, services, and experiences for the savvy prepper to explore.
What Do They Have?
As I looked through while writing this article, it felt more like what don’t they have. Cooking classes, firearms safety, physical fitness, goods and gear to buy – they have a little bit of everything, at least sometimes. (The deals are only for a short time, but many recur if they drive enough business to the merchant.)
As one example, my son and I are going to learn how to make cheese – a whole bunch of different kinds of cheese, not just one or two. Truthfully, I would never have made the leap, but I got a great deal on Living Social and my son really really loves cheese, so we’re going to do it together.
Learning how to make cheese is a great prepper skill, plus a great way for the two of us to bond. Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up making cheese together for many years to come. Worst case, I’ve wasted approximately the cost of our family of four going to a single movie at the theater.
The Survival Mom and her husband took a bee-keeping class, thanks to a Living Social deal!
Here are some classes you might find on these websites:
- Evasive driving techniques
- Simulated tactical shooting situation (not target shooting)
- Krav Maga (unarmed self defense) plus countless kinds of more common martial arts classes
- Shooting classes
Even paintball could also be a way to simulate a more tactical shooting situation while having some family fun.
- Boot camp and gym memberships
- Kayaking, tubing, and canoeing
- 5K races (even the mud, zombie, and colorful ones)
- Aerial adventure parks
- Parkour (think American Ninja Warrior)
- Barre (yes, as in ballet, but for those of us who aren’t flexible ten year olds any more)
The list of possibilities is enormous. If you want to get fit, they want to provide you with the class(es) to do it.
- Hand-crank solar flashlights
- Reusable water bottles (the super lightweight, foldable kind)
- Home organizers (under bed/closet/hanging)
- Camping backpacks
- Portable hammock (with stand)
- Cast iron cookware
- Knives (all kinds) abound – cooking, diving, pocket, etc.
- Powdered peanut butter
- Tea and coffee, in K-cups or not
- Gourmet beef
- Astronaut ice cream
- Kits to make root beer, cheese, or molecular gastronomy
The deals change constantly, but there is something for everyone. And with the discounts they offer, it’s a whole lot easier to take a risk and try something new.
So, what prepper deals can you find on Living Social and Groupon?
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