By Derrek J. Hull, Blogger-in-Chief
People across America use Groupon for daily deals on local goods, services and cultural events in their city. Recently launched, the Live Off Groupon Challenge has begun a search for one brave applicant crazy enough to attempt to live solely off Groupons for one year to fetch them a whopping $100,000.
The Live Off Groupon winner will begin by surrendering all of their personal possessions (including bank accounts and apartment) in exchange for a laptop, smartphone, a suit made of paper Groupons (no word yet as to whether or not it’s made out of recycled paper), and an unlimited supply of Groupons.
Working only with the resources provides, this lucky Live Off Groupon soul must use only Groupons to survive the wilds of their favorite Groupon cities. The challenger will work with Groupon customers via social media and the Live Off Groupon blog to secure transportation and cover societal demands such as tax and gratuity at neighborhood restaurants.
There are a few compromises Groupon is willing to make:
- Challenger can have healthcare
- Challenger will get some basic equipment
- Groupon will work out a few special Groupon deals for you with businesses featured in the past (such as hotels) to help make this challenge somewhat feasible
Who shouldn’t apply you ask? Probably everyone shouldn’t apply. You’re going to have to be funny, social, resourceful, and entertaining to watch succeed and perhaps suffer along the way.
Zero expenses for a year, traveling across the country trying stuff Groupon has to offer could earn you $100,000, and we’re not talking in Groupons.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a blog post about a local business and a 90-second explaining why they’re worthy of this zany adventure. Applications will be accepted through February 24, 2010. Click here to learn more and apply.
Disclosure: Groupon CEO and Founder Andrew Mason will be a panelist in the National Restaurant Association's NRA Show 2010 education session Driving Foot Traffic With the Latest Social Tools on Monday, May 24, 2 p.m. Check him out!