One of the first things I do after I wake up in the morning (or afternoon) is check my inbox for those daily deal coupon offers. More often than not, though, I’m like, dude, I don’t WANT a Brazilian Rainforest Body Wrap or an hour-long salt air treatment (whatever those things are). I’m a broke-ass; I need stuff that’s cheap and actually makes sense to buy.
Scoutmob, my new very favorite site, is a gazillion steps ahead of me. These guys don’t just throw anything against the wall and see what sticks; they explore local haunts and offer deals for places people actually like to hang out at. Case in point: Recent offers included 50% off at Mission favorite Dynamo Donuts and Samovar Tea Lounge in Hayes Valley.
What makes Scoutmob really unique, though, is that all you need to claim the deals from the website is a phone that allows incoming texts. The days of lame, out-of-the-way trips to Kinko’s to print out hard-copy coupons are over! Also, Scoutmob is FREE! You don’t prepay on anything, which means more $$ in your pocket and no need to enter any credit card mumbo-jumbo. All you gotta do is type in your cell number, wait for a text containing the coupon, show that sucker to the cashier at your destination, and enter a state of euphoria!
IPhone and Android users get an even sweeter deal: If you own one of these smartphones and download the Scoutmob app, you get access to EVERY deal that hasn’t yet expired, as opposed to non-users of these phones, who have to claim the deal on the day it’s featured online. (But hey, I bet you know at least a couple friends with an iPhone…time to sit them down for the “sharing is caring” lecture.)
Today’s discount is 50% off at Weird Fish, one of the most drool-inducing spots in the city. On top of the food being fresh and sustainable, much of it comes from Roshambo, the owners’ own farm. The menu changes seasonally, but as The New York Times, SF Weekly and the many eager patrons waiting outside for tables at any given time attest, it never disappoints. Weird Fish also features vegan-friendly options, but the “Suspicious fish dish,” which I have always failed at sweet-talking servers into spilling the actual ingredients of, will always have a place in my heart. And stomach.
Finally, in the spirit of being monumentally awesome, Scoutmob is giving away a $100 Weird Fish gift certificate to one lucky Broke-Ass reader! You must be a new subscriber to win (NO CHEATING CHESTERS!) and you’ve got til next Wednesday, February 23, to enter the contest. Simply click here, type your e-mail address in the box that invites you to “Join the SF Mob,” and your belly may just be full of strange, sea-dwelling creatures in no time.