About a year ago, a friend of mine bought a Living Social voucher for the local symphony. I know this because of how Living Social works. You buy the discounted deal, then if you can get 3 more people to buy the same deal, you get it for free. So my friend bought the deal, and, in an effort to save even more money, posted a link. I had been contemplating buying the same deal, so I took note.
My friend, like me, has 3 kids and a husband. That means there are 5 people in their immediate family. Since the deal was for 4 tickets, I teasingly asked her who was going to have to stay home. She joked that her youngest, who I think was 4 at the time, was going to be on her own that day.
It is unfortunate, for me, for our family, that deals like these are almost always set up for 2 or 4 people. And it's not just the daily deal sites--vacations, cruises, attractions--the deals are almost always set up for 2 or 4 people. Every now and then, I'll see a package deal for 6, but 2 or 4 seems to be the most common number. I don't think I realized that before we were a family of 5.
In the past week, I've entered 2 giveaways for family 4-packs of tickets to fun things. I think I have a pretty good chance of winning, since I have won 100% of the family 4-pack giveaways I've entered in the past 6 months. It's true. Before Christmas, I won 4 passes to a local trampoline park, and just last month I won 4 passes to an Ice Castle (there were fire dancers--very impressive).
But as I was completing my entries, and contemplating how likely it is that I will win again, I couldn't help but think about the practical question of how I would use my prizes. Would one of us stay home? Would we buy another ticket? Or would more than one of us stay home and the lucky attenders bring a guest? The second option might not be viable for these since both of the giveaways are for tickets to sporting events, and the seats are presumably already assigned.
It's not a big hairy deal, really. I mean, it's one of the costs associated with