Another Alternative to the Group Coupon

A couple of posts ago I mentioned Lifebooker, which not only offers group coupons–now otherwise known as “Groupons”–but also deep discounts on salon and spa appointments without having to front the money (look for the review of my $31.50 haircut in the next few days). Well, Scoutmob is another site that doesn’t make you lay out money, yet offers discounts, mostly to bars and restaurants (and sometimes stores and salons; today’s was for 50% off up to $150 at Charles Nolan).

How it works: Scoutmob sends out its daily coupon (I recommend subscribing). You have a limited time to click and get the deal. Then you enter your e-mail address or have it texted to your phone and, voila: 50% off at the business of the day. There’s also an app for Android and iPhone (see above).

The fine print: Of course there are some restrictions; they can’t be combined with other offers and they do expire. And there is also a limit to the dollar amount of the discount. So if your bill is $100 and the coupon is for 50% off, yet the maximum discount is $30, you’re only going to get $30 off–better than nothing!

Scoutmob is not offering coupons for Daniel or Per Se, but the selections are pretty good. And they’re not limited to Manhattan. Some personal favorites have been Essex (not Beauty & Essex) and Beacon.

Scoutmob started in Atlanta and is available in 13 major cities, including Austin, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee, and Denver, with seven more to come.

And a note to any men reading: Don’t use one on a first date!

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About bloggains

I’m a journalist who likes to live well, but will never pay full price. In this new world of the Groupon et al., how can we get a bargain on the things we actually use? That is where I come in. I’m a single girl on a budget with a penchant for fashion, good food, and travel who likes to take care of herself in the process. So, I decided to blog about the everyday ways I save money while still living pretty well. Hopefully it can help you live life fully without paying full price!

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