Believe it or not, I have a friend who is more money conscious than I am. Perhaps that is exactly why we’re the perfect shopping buddies. In high school we used to create havoc in the street malls and black markets of Shanghai. Even the toughest negotiator would have a nervous break down by the time my friend concluded her shopping. In fact, I’m certain she is Jack Donaghy’s original mentor.
In December of 2012 my friend still did not own a smart phone, mostly to avoid the her monthly bill increasing five fold. Earlier this year she caved and joined team iPhone. Her reasoning had nothing to do with needing constant email access, access to Instagram or planning to crush any bar debate with a simple Google search. No, no. A mere app convinced my friend to pay 60 extra bucks a month for a phone: ScoutMob.
ScoutMob is a pretty easy to use app. It’s free to download and you just pick your city, or plug in your area code, and let it “scout deals” for you in your area. The deals aren’t available to just anyone. They are specific to ScoutMob users.
Many of the deals feature a XX % off meals at local restaurants. However, you can also find local events and under-the-radar happenings in your city. They also offer Pop Up deals which are only available to app users and valid during specific days and times.
Unfortunately, ScoutMob does not work for any US city. Currently, the app is only available for those living in (or visiting) New York, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC. In good news, it is iPhone, Android and Blackberry compatible.
If you don’t have a smartphone, but want to find some local, off-the-beaten-path events then the ScoutMob website can help. However, most deals are only available if you use the app to check in at the location where the deal is offered.
I just discovered S’MAC in Murray Hill is offering 50% off! Pardon me while I go binge eat some delicious Mac ‘N Cheese.