What it does: Notifies you about deals for dining, entertainment, fitness, and more
You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard of the Chicago-based company’s app. Of course, there are so many places to get great deals nowadays, but the app still gives users some of the best deals in the city. It’ll even alert you when you’re near a deal. It’s also worth noting that Groupon founder and former CEO Andrew Mason is finally launching unconventional, location-aware audio tours in Chicago this coming year through his Detour app.
Free to download/$5 per shipment plus shipping
What it does: Picks up, professionally packages, and ships your stuff at the lowest price
Take a photo of the item you want to ship, enter the destination, request a pickup, and a Shyp courier will come to you to take care of the rest within 20 minutes. It’ll be packed, weighed, applied postage, and handed off to a carrier like UPS, FedEx, or USPS for transport, so you don’t even have to stand in line. Plus you can ship 20 different items for one $5 flat-fee pickup. If you’re an eBay seller, there’s even a special feature to connect your account for hassle-free shipping to buyers.