Sharing Groupons with Facebook Friends

Groupon is all about discovering cool things in your city. Now, we’re making it even easier to get your friends involved. Whenever you buy a Groupon, you’ll have the option to share that purchase on your Facebook wall and right on the Groupon deal page.

It’s easier than ever to show off your adventurous skydiving plans or organize a group outing to a hip new restaurant. Enable Facebook Connect then click the “share” box on the Groupon checkout page to show your friends what you’re up to.

If you want a surprise gift to remain a secret or just want to keep your bikini wax to yourself, that’s okay too — you can choose whether or not to share each individual purchase you make from Groupon. The things you choose to share will only be seen by your Facebook friends.

To connect to Facebook, look for the button. You can manage your Facebook connection and Groupon sharing preferences from your My Account page.

Electric Blanket

Alica U. of Warrenville, IL. will be saving 10% on her energy bill this year thanks to her new Sunbeam Queen Box Pattern Premium Heated Electric Warming Blanket. It’s America’s #1 Electric Warming Blanket!  StyleSmart Digital Control has 10 warming settings for personalized comfort, a backlit display and 10-hour auto-off provide extra convenience.

Builders Rig Tool Belt

Chad B. of Irving, TX will finally have a convenient place to keep his tools thanks to this Bucket Boss 55033 Builders Rig Tool Belt. The Bucket Boss is constructed of durable Anso-tex nylon, features reversed taper pockets, removable pouches, and a quick release buckle.  Congratulations Chad.

50th Anniversary Etch-A-Sketch

Kathryn H. from Alexandria, VA will be drawing stairs in style with this 50th Anniversary Signature Edition Etch A Sketch. This special collector’s item features a red metallic frame, bronze screen, gold decorative knobs and embossed signature of inventor Andre Cassagnes.

Groupon Service Day with Christopher House

Dance dance dance!

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The Groupon team just can’t sit still. This past Saturday we embarked on our second Service Day of 2010, supporting Christopher House’s annual Dance-a-thon for toddlers, youth and adults alike. This year’s theme was ‘Dance Your Dreams’, and the Groupon crew represented in full force with costumes ranging from European soccer (or football) players, to superheroes, to aerobics instructors. We cheered on participants, painted faces, facilitated arts and crafts activities, helped serve food, decorate, and collectively helped Christopher House raise close to $6K in 6 hours! Fantastic!**

If you missed our first Service Day last March, we focused our efforts on a Community Center in North Rogers Park, known for providing free ESL classes to a mainly refugee population, and for their Violence Prevention After School program for neighborhood children and youth. Our more artistic employees provided some Groupon flair to the Center’s Community Room, main entrance, and library, while the green-thumbed staffers planted and the rest of us reorganized storage closets and cleaned the nursery and computer lab. Not bad for 4 hours worth of work on a Sunday 😉

Stay tuned for details on our next Service Day in coming months…

*Thanks to Pawan Bhardwaj for organizing and Lindsay Verstegen for the photos!

Animal Snap-N-Wrap

Jenna M. from Seattle, WA is the lucky recipient of ten colorful rubber bands shaped like farm animals. Among the animals included are a green horse, a pink duck, and a purple sheep. Enjoy your elastic menagerie Jenna!

It's A Groupon Getaway Sweepstakes!

What’s summer without a little adventure? **Edited** See winners’ names at the end of the post!

Groupon and (the city’s official tourism site) are giving you the chance to get away for a few days and run amok in our fair city. One winner will enjoy:

– Two tickets on Southwest Airlines to Chicago**

– Two nights at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago (these are swanky digs)
– $250 in Groupon credit to create your custom Groupon weekend and do Chicago like a local

We’ll accept entrants through the form at the end of this blog post through **Thursday, June 17 (sorry, had the wrong date originally!!) and winners will be announced Friday, June 18. Winners will be chosen randomly; enter once per day.

Already have plans to visit Chicago? Check out for a crazy amount of information on street fests, concerts, neighborhoods and everything else we love about our town.

Good luck!
Click here to enter on SurveyGizmo

**Trips must be completed before July 31, 2010. Winner and guest must be at least 18 years of age by date of trip. Check out the full rules here.

CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!!
– Sarah Mitschke, Raleigh
– David Miller, Seattle
– Laila Saleem, Washington D.C.
– Chris Greenwood, Boston

We’ve emailed you to claim your prize. If any go unclaimed, we’ll be sure to let everyone know and find suitable runners-up. Thanks for entering and keep an eye out for more giveaways soon.

Bumpits Hair Volumizing Inserts

We’re sending Amanda P. of Los Angeles, CA these Hair Volumizing Bumpits (as seen on TV).  Create dozens of styles with the self-gripping inserts. We think she’s fabulous for buying yesterday’s Groupon.

Balance Ball Chair

Sara M. of Denver, CO will be increasing her productivity and decreasing her chiropractic bills thanks to this Gaim Balance Ball Chair. The inflatable chair features a removable 52cm Balance Ball, easy gliding casters, an adjustable support bar and an air pump. Enjoy your new seat Sara.

Garmin GPS Navigator

We’re sending Keith W. of Seattle, WA a Garmin Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator. The 4.3-inch wide-screen touch display lets you view map details, driving directions, photos, and more in bright, brilliant color. You did it … and you didn’t even know you were trying.