eat and save

I received a pitch last week from someone who handles the PR for a new service called Rewards Network (as a PR person I can’t help but laugh when I get pitched by other PR people…and it’s scary to me just how many poor pitches I receive – these people give my profession a bad name, but that’s another post altogether). Anyway, I debated whether or not to post anything regarding this service. Is it a scam? What has it got to with Cleveland? After a little more digging, I figured it’s legit and worthy of a mention.

In short, this service rewards you for eating out, or at least credits you back a percentage of the total cost back to your credit card, sometimes between 15 – 20%. There is no cost to the consumer, no special card to carry and your credit card info is never shared. All you do is register your card(s).

I did a search to see who all in Cleveland is participating and was surprised to see there are 82 total restaurants, including: Saffron Patch (I wish I would have known this in my first trimester – I craved Indian and ordered takeout from here constantly!), Shuhei, Moxie, Boulevard Blue, Flying Fig, Grovewood, Christopher’s and Paladar.

I’m going to sign up and will let you know what type of savings I see.


  1. Kristen
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I have been using Rewards Network for years. It’s a really nice program for people who dine out a lot, as long as the restaurants you like to go to are on their list of course. But we always love when we see credits that we weren’t expecting because we didn’t know a restaurant was participating.

    I was told that the way it worked was RN provided loans to restaurants to start up or renovate or whatever they needed and in turn the restaurant would participate in their program. Not sure what else was involved, but from our perspective we see savings for doing what we always do. And it costs us nothing than what we’re already spending.

    My favorite example of how to use it wisely: My in-laws kindly paid for our wedding rehearsal dinner and it just so happened that the restaurant we had the dinner at was in the RN program. So they saved (at the time) 20% on a meal for 30 people! Not bad.

  2. michelle v
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Great feedback, thanks for sharing. That’s fantastic about you wedding rehearsal!

  3. YOD
    Posted September 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    I signed up for Rewards Network, based on your blog entry, just to see what it was about. I’ve already received a reward for a recent purchase! Thanks for blogging about it.