The Scoop on Stubs

July 11, 2009

Beyond being enjoyable, what do a concert, movie, theater play, and great local dining experience have in common?



That’s right. That little half-ticket reminder of a great experience.

What are you talking about? I’ve never heard of dinner stubs.

Maybe not, but soon everyone will be talking about them., in partner with eateries in your local area, is offering an online service designed to bring discounts on local dining straight to you. Site users have opportunities to collect gift certificates or dining coupons—hereafter called stubs—valid at local restaurants. A stub works like a ticket, except instead of gaining admission, you save money.

Coupons? Big deal.

“Big deal” is right! members can save a significant amount of money using stubs – making them more akin to gift certificates than coupons. Each stub available will typically have a worthwhile dollar value, often in the double digits.

What do you mean by ‘local’ restaurants?

The Mealstub concept is city-specific. Mealstub members select a location from the site menu, such as Portland or Atlanta. Once an area is chosen, stubs for that particular locale will be featured.

Portland, Oregon and Sacramento, California are the first cities to have Mealstub service, with many more to follow.

Okay, so I have my coupon, now what?

No, what you have is a stub, whose value is more in line with a gift certificate than a coupon. After all, coupons are for laundry detergent and toothpaste. users—stubbers—are too special for mere coupons. Stubs are worthwhile, gift-certificate-style promotions designed to satisfy both purse and palate.

Stubbers may redeem stubs at the participating restaurant per instructions.

Ugh. Another piece of paper to cart around in my wallet.

Not necessarily. With, stubbers can save stubs in a personal account until needed, then simply print them out, or present them via handheld device at the restaurant.

So, I log on, print out a coupon…er…stub…and that’s it?

Not quite.’s discount service stands apart by being interactive. Users must select—or snatch—stubs within a specified time period marked by a countdown timer. Certain stubs may only appear once or at certain intervals, so the best strategy is to snatch them while you can. Because stubs are offered in this way, stubbers should log on several times a day to grab the best deals around.

Restaurateurs may impose limits on some offers, but these must be pre-approved by, and they do not affect the dollar value of the stub.

Sounds great. How do I start?

Simply log onto and complete the free registration. Then start snatching!

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