Facebook recently launched Facebook Deals, giving retailers yet another avenue by which they can provide discounts and promotions to consumers. Between Facebook Deals and Foursquare specials, there is a lot of potential savings floating around mobile cyberspace. The question I ask is, can I check-in to enough savings to cover the cost of my data plan? That is to say, can I get enough discounts to make my data plan free!?
Verizon: $29.99 for 5gb of data (unlimited unavailable)
AT&T: $29.99 for unlimited data
T-Mobile: $29.99 for unlimited data
Our goal is going to be to rack up $29.99 in savings through either Facebook or Foursquare.
I need clothing, I am a big sports fan, I love food, coffee keeps me going, and I enjoy the occasional drink with dinner on weekends. In order to keep me from going deal crazy, only those Specials and Deals that apply to what I would normally purchase are used to calculate savings, and everything is going to be estimated for 1 month. Here we go!
If you were involved in Gap’s Facebook Deal on November 5th, which I was, you picked up a free pair of jeans valued at $59.50. Assuming that you actually needed a pair of jeans that deal alone would cover 2 months of data from any of these carriers.
If you are a coffee drinker, like most of New York, you are picking up coffee at least once a day, 5 days a week. The Likeable office is located exactly 2 blocks from Crumbs Bakery, so I can check-in through Foursquare on Fridays to get a Free Medium Coffee. The cost of a Crumbs Medium Coffee is 2.25, assuming there are 4 Fridays in a month that’s $9.00 every month.
If we are talking drinks on weekends, you can visit Doghouse Saloon, Southern Hospitality, ‘Inoteca (323 3rd Avenue Location), and House of Brews for a free drink. Assuming, very generously, that a drink is $6.00 and you visit each of these places once in a month, your Foursquare Check-in saves you a total of $24.00 every month. It’s important to note that at the House of Brews, you have to be the mayor to score the free drink.
I’m a big sports fan, but more importantly my close friends are sports fans too. These friends have birthdays. If I end up buying a gift at a Modell’s, I can check-in for $10 off of a $50 purchase (Note: If you’re not a sports fan, check out Modell’s for sneakers). If I run in to Element afterwards, I can get a free eco-bottle. Not something I need, but it’s free so I will take it. Once again, both of these discounts are available through Foursquare.
So far the savings is $102.50 and 1 eco-bottle. If you can score a Mayorship at Lure Restaurant and Sushi Bar, you can add a $40 free brunch to your savings. That would make for a grand total of $142.50 saved in 1 month.
Coffee, jeans, drinks, brunch and a Modell’s racks up more than $140.00 in savings. That is more than 4 times the cost of a data plan, and that is just 1 month. As Facebook Deals becomes more popular, the savings are only going to get better. If you are savvy enough to pick up a few more Deals and Specials throughout the year you’ll end up covering the cost of data, and walking away with a few more dollars in your wallet.
Other Foursquare Specials:
- Yin Beauty and Arts Spa: %50 off your visit
- Lululemon athletic Lincoln square: free yoga session
- Payless: $5 off $25 purchase
- Ann Taylor: %15 off for a check-in, or %25 off for the Mayor
- Crunch Gym: free 7 day pass
- Avis: Free Upgrade on a Rental Car
Have you checked in to savings? What kind of Foursquare Specials and Facebook Deals do you look out for?