Try Groupon and LivingSocial
From time to time, services such as Groupon and LivingSocial have some good bargains. But in order to find them, you might have to deal with a bit of spam in your Inbox through the holidays.
After signing up with either service, you'll find a lot of e-mails in your Inbox which you might not want -- feel free to delete or filter to them.
Instead of reading those emails, try either service's website or smartphone app to browse and purchase deals. Often, the price you end up paying is significantly less than the usual value. Best of all, a lot of deals are to nearby diners and shops, allowing you to buy local.