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Getting Gouged - Their Profit Margin is Your Loss Print E-mail
(9 votes, average 4.22 out of 5)
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Written by the frugal nomad   
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 03:52

 

Every time you open your wallet to buy something, somebody is making a profit - which is a good Filet_Mignonthing because otherwise they'd go out of business. There’s no problem with somebody making an honest buck or two, but sometimes markups amount to gouging. This is especially true when it comes to dining out.

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7 Lessons From a 66 Year Old Restaurant Menu Print E-mail
(13 votes, average 4.77 out of 5)
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Written by Omie Ismail   
Friday, 11 June 2010 03:32

The year was 1943. The Second World War was raging in the Pacific and Europe and the Zoot Suit Riots were pitting soldiers against Latinos in Los Angeles. The atom bomb was still on the drawing board and it was 5 years before the first McDonald's opened. You could grab a hamburger from a good restaurant for 40 cents and get somMenu_1943Re curly fries for another 20. A Coke? That'll cost you another dime, mister. For a little more than a dollar you could substitute a steak for the hamburger and exchange the coke for a milkshake concocted with real milk and real ice cream.

I dug up all this information on a recent visit to Twohey's restaurant, an icon in the Los Angeles area. As I sat down to eat lunch with my family, a picture of their original menu beckoned and prices weren't the only thing that caught my attention. I'd like to share 7 lessons I learned from that 66 year old menu.

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Can You Trust Yelp? Print E-mail
(6 votes, average 4.00 out of 5)
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Written by Omie Ismail   
Monday, 08 March 2010 03:03

Over the last two years, I have increasingly used Yelp to help me make dining decisions. And Yelp Extortiongenerally speaking, I've benefited from the experience and will be glad to credit them for helping me track down on of the best and cheapest Chinese restaurants in town. They also drew me back to a Jamaican food restaurant that I had written off under prior management. But a recent experience clued me in to one of the dirty little secrets behind Yelp's business model that many people are calling extortion. It literally and figuratively left a bad taste in my mouth and made me question whether Yelp can be trusted.

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Free Dining: 5 Ways to Eat Out for Free! Print E-mail
(15 votes, average 3.73 out of 5)
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Written by livecheap staff   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 00:43

You'vEat for Freee probably all read your fair share of articles on how to trim back the cost of dining out using coupons - showing up for the early bird special - bypassing the Boston cream pie and bringing your own bottle of wine. But when all is said and done, nothing beats a free meal.  Think it is impossible, read these 5 ways to fill your stomach with free restaurant food.

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Waiters: It's Not My Job To Box the Leftovers! Print E-mail
(20 votes, average 3.10 out of 5)
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Written by Karl Wolf   
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 08:40

I'm not sure if this really qualifies as an article but after writing the one on tipping, I just had to comment on another issue that maybe you all could help me with. It used to be that when a waiter was serving you, they did just that, serve you. The other night, the missus and I were going out for one of those cheap meals, an Italian restaurant. I'd sum it up as good food, good price, but poor service. But there is one thing that stood out that reminded me of why I think tipping has gotten so out of control. We had a nice large pizza with a bunch of good meat toppings. I probably had a few too many slices, but I love pizza. When we were done, the waiter eventually stolls over and says, "Would you like a box for that?"

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