Regular readers know that I am a Groupon/Living Social/Tippr/KGB Deals/Amazon Deals/Boston Deals/etc. groupie. I spend at least a half hour each day looking through the discount offers sent to my email to find the few that will save me money on things I really need and want. Not only do I take my Goddaughter out for dinner at least once a month (almost always discounted at least 50 percent by a deal coupon), but I have gotten great deals on at least five holiday presents, allowing me to be more generous than I can actually afford to be (and making me look like the best relative ever!).
Over the past few weeks, I was surprised, and yet delighted to be offered daily deals that don’t offer me cost savings, but allow me to make charitable contributions quickly and easily by using my stored daily deal account information. It started with Groupon, which offered me a deal where, if I donate $11 to Feeding America, that donation will be matched by Pepsi. Now, I consider myself a generous person, and I give regularly to my chosen charities. However, Feeding America isn’t one of them. But it all seemed so easy—Groupon has my payment info on file and the matching gift made it irresistible. So I made the donation, and I felt great about it. Once I received my confirmation, I did have to go to the Feeding America site and register my donation, but it was pretty darn easy.