Have you checked out Groupon yet?
Personally, I've avoided it because I erroneously associated their deals with fancy restaurants which my family of 9 cannot afford even with a 50% off coupon.
Then, today, I stumbled upon a Groupon for a favorite you-pick berry farm just around the corner from my home. I paid $10 for a Groupon worth $20 of peaches or berries. Not a bad deal at all!!
Here's how it works. Go to the website, plug in your zip code, and local deals come up. If you see a deal you like then click on it. You then purchase the "groupon" to be used later. For example, you may pay $15 for $30 credit for a local gift store. You would print the groupon on your home printer and take it to the gift shop. You just got 50% off on your gift!
Now, to make strawberry preserves with my half-price, you-pick berries!