6 Restaurant Apps to Save Serious Bucks on Eating Out
We round up discount-scouring food finders you can really sink your teeth into.
By Alison Caporimo and Perri O. Blumberg from Reader's Digest Magazine | April 2013
Savored: for discreet cheap dates
Who wants to whip out a coupon in a city's fanciest restaurant? Or embarrass themselves on a first date by pulling out a crinkled piece of paper to show the waiter the bill is wrong because, uh, he actually got a 2-for-1 deal? With Savored, you can make free reservations for dinner at your city's premiere hot spots for up to 40% off a meal (and for once, booze included!) and through their software technology, the discount is automatically factored into your final tab so you can dine in discounts (and style) discreetly. Start drooling here.
Blackboard Eats: for gourmet bargains
Score up to 30 percent off meals at restaurants throughout Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. Run by former staff members of Gourmet and other food magazines, the app allows you to read restaurant reviews and purchase your favorite deals on the fly. Sign up here.
Scoutmob: for the regulars
Browse Return Perk deals that offer 10 to 50 percent off meals, with extra savings for regulars at restaurants in Austin, Boston, Washington, DC, and other cities. You have to be at the location to access the deal—just show it to your server to activate. Get it here.
Kids Eat For: for deal-happy parents
When you've got children and want to dine out, Kids Eat For finds local restaurants where kids eat for free or a large discount. Let your little ones start gratis munching or on the cheap here.
OpenTable: for social rewards
Make a reservation and message friends with a time, date, and location to earn Dining Rewards Points that you can redeem for discounts. Search restaurants throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Sign up and sit down today.
Peapod or FreshDirect: for deals at home
Would you rather food shop from your phone than navigate the aisles at the supermarket? These two apps (both available for iPhone and Android devices) allow you to save money and time with a slew of regularly updated deals and handy functions like the ability to save shopping lists so for the staples you know you got through regularly, you can re-order in a few clicks. Learn more about Fresh Direct here and Peapod here.