Coupons may be great for saving money, but one wonders whether the newspapers they come in will outlive the elderly who boldly defy arthritis to clip them. Making that all moot, Mobile Spinach.
Co-founded by a deal-crazy Artificial Flavor honcho who mined his offensively large contact list to build out the service, MS leans on tastemakers in a handful of major cities to source exclusive discounts, which get shot to you via text message you can flash for redemption, different from the God-approved redemption you require after your other flashings. Creating your account's as simple as specifying what you'd like coupons for, with almost 50 choices in categories like Night Life (drinks, bars, clubs), Travel (car rentals/hotels, etc), and Dining & Food, broken down by both cuisine and cost; you'll also select how often to receive text alerts (whenever a new deal's announced, 1x/week, 1x/month), or choose email-only, useful if you have a BlackBerry/often fire up your laptop in the club. Though more deals're always coming in, currents range from 30% off at SF designer apparel shop Cary Lane, to a room discount and 15% off your food/bev bill at Miami's Raleigh Hotel, to 20% savings at NYC's Laughing Sage Wellness's clinic on "The Feminine Power of Pleasure", at which you will meet a lot of girls you'll buy drinks for, but never bang.
Even those not living in metropolitan splendor can save with National/Online deals like a free night's board and ticket giveaway to OM Records' 15th anniversary bash in Miami, where the winner'll rock to Chromeo and a bevy of name-brand DJs, a blowout that could land you in the obits, being flipped past by grannies as they gingerly snip 15¢ off sweet, sweet Metamucil.