I'm not what you'd call a great (or even a good) cook. However, I am an enthusiastic eater. I also love to save money. So when I hear about new dining deals, I tend to be what you'd call an "early adopter." I hope you enjoy these new, cool discount options I've recently scouted out!

1. EatDrinkDeals 

If you like eating out, you will love EatDrinkDeals. You can find great dining discounts, deals, and coupons for everything from half-off meals, BOGO, couples and seniors meals, free meals for military, happy hour deals, kids eat free, and even fast food coupons.

  • Featured fast food: Wendy's, Arby's, McDonald's, Boston Market, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway, Chik-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Sonic, Starbucks and many more.
  • Featured restaurant chains: Flemings, Spaghetti Warehouse, TGI Friday's, Genghis Grill, Red Lobster, Applebee's, Bob Evans, Chili's, Black Angus and many more.
  • Visit the website: http://www.eatdrinkdeals.com

2. RewardsNetwork 

RewardsNetwork is a unique concept in the world of discount dining. Rather than giving you an outright discount when you dine at any of the 10,000+ restaurants in the RewardsNetwork community, you sign up with the rewards program of your choice and earn towards that program when you dine out. It’s free to join.

Example: I am a member of United Airlines' Mileage Plus program. Now I've joined Mileage Plus Dining through RewardsNetwork, so I earn five mileage points every time I eat or drink at one of the restaurants in the network.

  • Rewards programs include: Hilton Honors, American Express iDine, My Best Buy, Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward, uPromise, Good Search, Shell Fuel Rewards and many more.
  • Visit the website: http://www.rewardsnetwork.com

3. Bite Hunter

Bite Hunter has been feted and praised by the likes of Cult of Mac, Mashable, Gizmodo, Appolicious, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Lifehacker, USA Today and many more for its prowess in ferreting out great dining deals. The app aggregates 50,000+ dining deals and discounts from 12 different dining deals websites and delivers the best (i.e. the biggest discounts and best deals) to you. Once you select and purchase a deal, the app gives you GPS directions right to the restaurant—score!

4. Truckspotting 

Food trucks have taken a big bite out of the traditional overhead expense of running a restaurant. As such, if there is a great food truck nearby when your stomach growls, you can head there and chow down—no need to make a reservation, pay for valet parking, or tip your waiter. In short, you can eat fast and cheap on the go! And now with this popular new app, you can get real time locations, GPS driving directions, menus and all the details for your favorite food trucks.

5. Restaurant Coupons

This app has received rave reviews not just for its discounts and coupons, but also for its built-in barcode scanner that lets you price compare by using your smart device's camera. In addition to eatery discounts and freebies, you can also cash in on free samples and coupons at local retailers, including department stores and gas stations.


5 Deal Finders to Help You Eat and Drink on a Dime