I was clicking around the Groupon app one evening on my iPad when I ventured beyond the food and drink deals I normally scout to ones for home services.
I expected to find discounted housecleaning, not a significant savings on windows and installation.
But two months later, five new vinyl replacement windows graced our condo — purchased in part with a $1,999 Groupon.
My husband and I had been eyeing new windows for the rear of our home for some time.
When our century-old Chicago home was rehabbed in 1984, the majority of its windows were “updated” with aluminum windows.
Thirty years later, they were a struggle to open. If you did manage to push one up, it wouldn’t stay up.
The pane would come crashing down the second you let go of it. On every aluminum window, the balance — that handy mechanism inside a window that keeps it open — was kaput.
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