Clip Coupons, Feed Face

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08/29/2008 3:32 PM |

Before Clint Eastwood, Sexual Cowboy has his way with this here Blog About Town for the weekend, the L’s Mariela Quintana would like to offer up a suggestion for how to spend your day before Labor Day, in case you haven’t fled the city as if the very devil himself were chasing you out.

I don’t know how you all feel about saving money, but I’m a big fan. I’m not talking about like a 401 (K)–whatever that is–I’m talking coupons. The environmentally-friendly kind. No tree-killing required. Feel virtuous, keep your bank.

For real: there’s this crazy little site,, that offers unbelievable deals and discounts at restaurants, stores, salons and just about everything around the city. Honestly, it makes no sense.

All you have to do is log on, locate a discount you’re interested in and request a text message version of the coupon to your cell phone. Then, as if by some invisible hand, the web site sends you a text of the coupon. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m a believer. Here’s why:

This coming Sunday, 8coupons is teaming up with Snackalicious Falafel in the East Village to offer 8-cent falafel sandwiches from 5-9 pm. A falafel includes pita, chickpeas molded carefully into a falafel ball, fresh tomatoes, diced onions, shredded lettuce and that precious sauce. A lot of love and labor goes into a falafel. Something so good should cost far more than eight cents, but not this Sunday! How they do it, the world many never know…so, just, stop wondering. And eat. A lot. Because you may win the Snackalicious’ falafel-eating contest. In addition to the gustative satisfaction and glory of consuming as many falafels as possible, you’ll also prove yourself worthy of receiving one 8-cent falafel sandwich every day for an entire year.

Oh, and there’s 8-cent yogurt at the nearby and newly opened 16 Handles as well, just in case you haven’t whipped yourself into a food coma by then. Not surprisingly, the 888th person will get 8-cent fro-yo on the 8th of every month for the next 365 days. It’s almost too much to comprehend on an empty stomach.

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