A co-worker recently told me about a great app that offers incentives, coupons, deals and current info on restaurants, shops, events and all kinds of other stuff in various cities. Scoutmob is an app available for Android, Iphone and even Grandpa Blackberry! The app is free and the deals are available in select cities like Atlanta, Austin, Boston, New York, Miami, Washington DC and Seattle.
The app works similar to Groupon and Living Social. Users purchase deals from Scoutmob offered by local businesses but instead of printing the voucher or downloading the app, the Scoutmob coupon is redeemed on the user’s phone. The idea is to support local businesses but also to simplify the use of these deals. It’s for breezy, tech-savvy folks like you and me.
So, say you live in Washington, DC and want to know what’s happening this weekend–Scoutmob will let you know about cool events in your area and what deals are available. Say you’re visiting NYC but you’re on a budget–Scoutmob will let you know about any deals, you purchase them and then use them at your leisure. What’s more, unlike Groupon and Living Social, you do’t have to mess with vouchers–Scoutmob keeps track of your deals and simplifies the process. Check it out!
I came across these fun and versatile planners when the maker Kimbery Palmer @alphaconsumer decided to follow me on Twitter. I checked out her Etsy page and LOVED what I saw! Kimberly designs planners–from baby to household to budgeting to money planners. Depending on the planner, you can order the book or booklet version or just purchase the download. Each planner starts off with questions that make you sit down and think about your goals–and write them down. Then each chapter takes you through a particular money issue–like budgeting, tax, finding a financial advisor, or checking your credit score.
The font is quirky and fun and the thorough, easy to follow books make financial planning a bit more casual and less intimidating.
I recommend these planners for someone who wants to establish a budget or take charge of her money situation but isn’t comfortable with using Mint.com or Excel spreadsheets and prefers old-school pen and paper (or typing words and goals onto a computer). I think they would make great gifts for women heading to college or unfamiliar with personal finance concepts, or someone who wants to track her progress in a user-friendly format. You can use the binder as a booklet or download and hole-punch it into a 3-ring binder or use it as an App.
You know how some of these apps available at the App Store can save you money, time, energy and basically make your life a lot easier? Well I found one such app recently–Happy Hour Finder– http://thehappyhourfinder.com/ that works with Apple products and it’s FREE!
My BFF Tamar told me about it and, and being a fan of both deals and happy hour, I had to check it out immediately!
The app is pretty good, with an average 3-star rating at the Itunes App Store, and a 5-star rating from Cosmopolitan Magazine. The app is really easy to navigate. It uses your location to find happy hours near you and maps them out with the corresponding deal and times that the happy hour applies. I used the app near my home in Manhattan, as well as in Brooklyn and in Long Island City. Plus, it’s nationwide so whether you’re in Austin , TX, Raleigh, NC or Boise, ID, you should be able to find the best deals near you.
There’s another feature on the app that lets you add happy hours in case the Great Happy Hour Finder missed one, and you can contact the makers to tell them how awesome they are!
What’s better than a free app that tells you how and where to get the best deals on drinks? Maybe an at-home bartender, but that’s about it.