Scoutmob: A New Way To Coupon or a Ripoff?

by Chelsey Jenkins
Staff Writer

I’m a college student and I like to go out…however my bank account does not agree with me. And neither do my parents when I call home asking for cash so I can skip a meal in the dining hall. When I get my bank account statement at the end of the month I look at the list of transactions and the list read’s off like a restaurant menu…obviously I like to eat. Frankly, I’m tired of paying so much to enjoy a meal at my local restaurants, so I needed a solution. The exact moment I decided to find a money saving solution, my friend suggested that I use an app she recently downloaded to her phone called ScoutMob.

ScoutMob is a downloadable mobile app that brings local deals to your fingertips. I recently had a chance to take a stab at it when I went to dine out with friends at Decatur’s own Noodle. And I must say my experience using the app was not what I expected it to be. The deal available was 50% off your meal at Noodle. Who wouldn’t want that? But looks can be deceiving. The deal listed was only for dine in orders, which would suck if I was trying to take it home, fortunately I wasn’t. The app also neglected to tell me I could only use one coupon per table despite the fact we all agreed to pay separately. Lastly, the app added its own gratuity to make sure the waiter received his tip, which kind of sucked because I felt it over-tipped his crappy service. So the question is does this app in my opinion fail or pass?

Before I jot down a letter in my grade book let me give you a list of pros and cons:

Pros:

  • It’s a good way to try new restaurants you might not have otherwise ventured out to without the coupons.
  • It is a good way to save money while dining at good quality restaurants.
  • There’s no membership fee.
  • It’s a free app at the app store.

Cons:

  • Although you can click the button marked ‘nearby’ for local deals near you most of the deals are located in the major city you’ve selected i.e. Atlanta.  So you’ll being doing some traveling.
  • Most of the deals are restaurants which doesn’t give you a chance to find good local deals on clothes etc.
  • The deals listed aren’t as specific as they should be.
  • The only let you use the coupons once.

Let’s be real, finding the right apps can be a daunting task. You don’t want to pay $1.99 for an app only to realize it’s not worth two nickels. Luckily, most app stores offer free apps. But even with the invention of free apps you could waste valuable space on your mobile device with a crappy app. With that said, I give a ScoutMob a passing grade. It’s not the best app in the world but it’s free and it can be of use occasionally. Just make sure you do all your research about the coupon your trying to use prior to.

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