Friday, March 2, 2012

Another dining discount program hits Atlanta

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

As the economy tightens its grip around our hungry throats, app-designers continue to invent new ways to convince us to get outta the house and dine for a discount.

The latest such service to hit Atlanta is LevelUp. This free app offers a specified amount off at subscribing restaurants and merchants. To get the discounts, you link your debit/credit card to your LevelUp code on your phone. You get the discount by scanning your code when you pay. (How this works when you pay at the table isn't clear. In fact, the whole thing sounds kind of confusing.)

For the present, the list of participating businesses isn't terribly impressive. But it's growing fast, according to a company rep....

Maybe you'd rather save money by cooking at home. There's a new website to help with that too — Build a Menu. You specify your objectives — saving money, low-calorie, picky kids, etc. — and the site creates a week of menus. It closely estimates the cost of each ingredient. You shop with clarity and frugal conviction. The service, however, is not free...

Maybe you don't care about saving money because your brain is so addled by caffeine. MacLife has just posted "10 Awesome Apps for Coffee Lovers." Most will last an hour max on your phone. Do you really want to keep track of how much coffee you drink each day? Are you dying to learn barista art? Is it time for you to undertake a serious study of coffee dialect? Go for it. I cannot believe you have to pay money for some of these.

You may want to bide your time, anyway. Rumors are running wild that an app due release in six months will actually do your cooking and nurse your baby.

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