For the past several months, I have subscribed to a service here locally called Groupon. This is essentially a couponing website, where every day a new local company will offer a hot deal to all subscribers. Now, most days these deals are not anything I am interested in, product-wise, OR they are for businesses that are located just a bit too far away for me to want to take advantage of them (really, I am not driving 50 miles to get $10 off at a meat market). But occasionally they will have something that is personally of value to me. Not long ago, I got one for $100 worth of tree trimming services for $40. Not a bad deal. Well, assuming you need tree trimming, which I did, at the time (I have since gotten DH a chainsaw, so I think we’re now good in that arena).
If you are a girl looking for a deal, like myself, you might want to hit up their homepage at http://www.groupon.com/ and see if they are offering this near you. It’s free to sign up, and deals are automatically delivered to your email inbox once a day. If nothing else, you certainly do learn about a lot of other businesses in your area.