Do you Scoutmob?

If not, you need to start. Truthfully, I don’t go out to eat without first checking if Scoutmob is available. If you don’t know, let me clue you in.  Just like Groupon, Scoutmob is a site that releases daily deals (always at 50% off) for restaurants, bars, clubs, and clothing stores. It’s available in the following cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Springfield, Denver, Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York, and Boston. Unlike Groupon, you do not have to pay for the daily deal! Instead, you can download a free application for your IPhone or Android. If you don’t have one of these phone types, then you can request the deal via email on a daily basis. The only downside to email is that you must request it. With an app, you can scroll through all past deals, whether or not you requested them.

Imagine this: You live in Atlanta, and you have a craving for some good food. You pull out your IPhone (I’m a Mac) and you search for New, Nearby, or Expiring deals. Lo and behold, you find a deal for Cafe Circa. Excitedly, you check out the deal. 50% off your total check, with a maximum discount of $20. Meaning, if you spent $60, your bill (with Scoutmob) will be $40. If you spend $40, then your bill (with Scoutmob) would be 20 bucks. A 15% gratuity may be added at Cafe Circa. But hey, you saved money. You dine, enjoying your food. Before the server brings the bill, you say, “I’d like to use Scoutmob”. People around you may turn and look, confused. “Scoutmob? What the heck is a Scoutmob?” But you don’t let that bother you. You know why? Because that’s when the server goes through a series of quick selections on your phone, and you get the deal!*

Now, here is a cautionary note. There may be a stated or hidden fee/condition. This is not often the case, but it may happen. It happened to me. Cafe Circa’s deal is stated, but I recently used the Cherry Bomb Scoutmob discount for Atlanta, and was promptly told (before my card was charged) that my items were not returnable. I asked if that was because I used Scoutmob, and she said yes. Nowhere in the deal did it say that by using Scoutmob, you wouldn’t be able to return your items if you changed your mind. Another example: I went to Pure Taqueria in Atlanta, and used Scoutmob. We ate, used our Scoutmob discount, checked out the receipt, and saw that the maximum discount was not taken. When we questioned the server about it, she said that the discount did not apply to Happy Hour drinks. Again, nowhere in the deal was that stated.

If nothing else, at least try it. What can it hurt? It didn’t cost you anything, you didn’t lose anything. You actually saved money.

Check it out.

Here’s some pics of my fish tacos and delicious, mouth watering (and strong!) mango margarita from Pure Taqueria.

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