Social discount sites like Groupon and ScoutMob are all the rage with frugal families who want to find a way to fit fun outings into the budget. These sites partner with local retailers to offer fantastic bargains on dining, shopping and entertainment. After your free registration, you'll receive a daily e-mail highlighting a new deal available in your city. One day you might find half-price Tae Kwon Do classes, while the next day could bring free appetizers or discounts at popular restaurants. With Groupon, you pay up front and use a voucher to redeem your deal. ScoutMob allows you to simply download deals you're interested in directly to your mobile phone. Load the deal to your phone and show it to the retailer to redeem.
If you end up purchasing a Groupon you don't think you'll use, or miss out on a great deal of the day, check out Lifesta. This site allows users to buy, sell or trade previously purchased Groupons to keep the offer from going to waste.