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Fourth of July party prep starts now! As part of our ongoing #socialsummer, here are a few deals to help you party like it’s 1776.

155 million hot dogs are consumed each July 4th, so chances are you’ll be plopping a few franks on the grill. Make sure you’re covered with a couple of nonstick grill mats to make grilling (and cleaning) easy.

No grill? No worries! This stovetop grill is the perfect barbeque solution for apartments and limited backyard space.

This long weekend is also the perfect chance to get out of town. If you’re flying, avoid any unnecessary baggage fees with this luggage scale.  (Save those dollars for souvenirs!)

Let our Escapes collection offer some weekend travel ideas, like an adventure in the Grand Tetons, a beach bar with heated sand floor at the W in San Diego, or a weekend of leisure at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.

Most importantly, don’t forget to don that red, white, and blue. Our founding fathers would be proud to see you slip on the stars and stripes with this infinity scarf, or show off a pair of these earrings from Swarovski.

Get 20% off your next purchase for almost any deal on LivingSocial.com when you use promo code “SUMMERSTART“. Code must be used by 11:59pm PT June 21, 2014. Click here for Terms & Conditions.

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The Dirt on Dating in America

As part of our #socialsummer, we partnered with Harris to get a glimpse into American dating and spending habits. What did we learn? Saving is sexy and you don’t have to pay full-price for a great time! In fact, 110 million people said that using a coupon on a first date is perfectly acceptable.

But that wasn’t all that we found. Apparently, older gentlemen have the busiest dating schedules, according to the research. Men over the age of 65 were twice as likely as men ages 35-64 to go on 5-10 dates each month. It may be about time you took a few tips from the old(er) man!

We also saw that date nights are a big deal! When compared with unmarried people, more married people are going out on dates. Or could it be that those who’ve tied the knot are simply likelier to classify activities done together as dates.

What are you up to? We would love to hear from you. Share your #socialsummer with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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For information on our survey’s methodology, please click here.

Meet Oprah. In September. On Us.

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Enter to win a weekend for yourself and a friend to meet the Queen of all Media, philanthropist, and all-around generous soul – you guessed it – Oprah Winfrey!

LivingSocial’s Weekend with Oprah Facebook Sweepstakes starts now! Today through Friday, July 11, you can enter on LivingSocial’s Facebook page for the chance to win big.

One grand prize winner will receive two VIP tickets to Oprah’s The Life You Want tour. The package includes a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Oprah, on-site VIP concierge service, a VIP gift bag, two nights of hotel accommodations at the Sofitel Washington DC, airfare, and a $200 gift card for dinner at Zaytinya, one of famed Chef José Andrés’ top DC restaurants.

LivingSocial’s Weekend with Oprah consists of two special days that promise to inspire and uplift—no matter your age, where you come from, or what you do—to become the best version of yourself. And she’s bringing friends like Elizabeth Gilbert, Iyanla Vanzant, and Deepak Chopra. Pretty awesome stuff.

Enter now and share the sweepstakes with your pals on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for the chance to earn additional entries. Plus, you can enter to win daily! Read more about the official rules on the sweepstakes page.

We can’t guarantee that audience members will walk away with a new car or goodies under their seats but we can guarantee that it will be an epic weekend.

What are you waiting for? Enter now.

 

Dine-n-Dash: We’d Like to Thank…

Now that we’ve had a chance to digest all that great food, we’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who made Dine-N-Dash a success! The event raised over $175,000 to help further World Central Kitchen’s efforts to curb poverty and hunger around the world.

First and foremost, we’d like to thank the amazing Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen Executive Director Brian MacNair. Their dedication and hard work made the night a vibrant celebration!

A big thanks to all the restaurants and the staff at the eleven restaurants and four food trucks, and thanks to the hungry supporters who came out to eat and drink! Dine-N-Dash was a great way to showcase local engagement for global causes.

We are so proud to be a partner of World Central Kitchen and admire all the work you’re doing here in D.C. and around the world. If you missed the event but would still like to contribute to World Central Kitchen visit them here.

Best Summer Fests, From East to West

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Are you a foodie with a travel itch? A loyal local who pines for wines? Let us help you satisfy your cravings this summer. Whether you’re up for that proverbial summer road trip or lucky enough to call one of these cities home, we’ve got you covered from coast to coast.

While it may not be Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Botanical Garden in New York City is hosting a Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival on June 14 and 15. Enjoy craft beer, specialty foods, and stunning exhibitions for the whole family.

Tired of the Northeast after a long haul of a winter? Head on out to Malibu for the Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival, June 20 and 21. You’ll be greeted by the alluring California beaches and delectable fare – plus, you can dine easy knowing that proceeds from the event benefit Rock Against Trafficking, a nonprofit dedicated to ending child slavery around the globe.

Not EXACTLY a vegetarian? Chicago’s Porky Rib Fest might be your scene. The festival, which runs from June 26 to June 29, will satiate your BBQ hankerings and keep you protein powered for the day. A carnival, a car show, and live music are all on site.

Or maybe you want some southern hospitality in your summer months. Mosey on down to Georgia for July 12’s, Atlanta Street Food Festival. Revel in the variety of dishes, switching from chicken and waffle fries to fried green tomatoes in minutes flat.

But don’t wait to score on these deals because you could save even more if you’re coming in from out-of-town. Until Friday, June 6, you can get an extra 10% off our Escapes with the promo code VACAY10.

So buckle up and tie on your bibs, food lovers. This summer is your chance to feast.

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