A Recipe for Savings

September 5, 2009, a soon-to-be-live online promotion site, offers its members valuable discounts on local cuisine. Though the web-coupon concept is not novel,’s approach is truly innovative. fuses the best features of familiar web discount services to bring remarkable restaurant promotions to its members in a practical but entertaining format. Part Craigslist and part eBay, with a pinch of ForkFly and a dash of Val Pak, has the recipe for great deals on local cuisine. concentrates its efforts solely on eateries, rather than a variety of merchants. By specializing in this one area, focuses on supplying site members with the best deals—also called stubs—on local cuisine and providing restaurant partners valuable advertising and exposure to help build clientele. However, forkfly-ers and Val Pak-ers needn’t choose—all of these “tastes” meld well together. is a great add-on to the forkfly and Val Pak services.

With a sprinkling of flavor from Craigslist, offers city-specific service. Site members have access to discounts specific to their geographic location. For instance, members in Portland, Oregon, Mealstub’s first go-live city, can grab valuable discounts for the Portland area. More cities are soon to be added to the site as well. expands its unique spice by employing a countdown timer similar to an eBay auction, although site members are not in competition with one another for promotions. Members must simply select the desired discounts before the timer expires. This interactive aspect lends an element of fun to the promotional process other sites don’t offer.

The gravy is found in member benefits, such as free membership, a personal account for banking stubs, ease of locating stubs (all promotions are featured prominently on the site home page), and the opportunity to try new local restaurants while saving money. combines these ingredients to plate up a smart, edgy entree for its site members and restaurant partners. Bon appétit!

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