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 I once took a train just for the experience. Only a 6-8 hour trip. Romantic journey—not. The only thing I enjoyed was the dining car.  Not because of the food. Because there was no reserve seating.  We sat at first available and had opportunity to interact with strangers. In a relatively safe environment. We enjoyed a lively, enjoyable conversation with “train” people who were travelling across country. One of their many trips. is similar. A relatively new concept. Social networking plus a lively dining experience.  With strangers. Strangers with a commonality like love of Italian food. Or people wanting to network. This social dining network brings people together at great restaurants. In over 70 U.S. cities and Canada, Sydney, Tokyo and Seoul.

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New to a city? Traveling alone? Simply want to met new people? could be the answer. You choose appealing groups and join arranged meals. Or, if none set, suggest one and wait for like-minded diners to join. If you don’t get enough people, no harm, no foul. If it’s a go, you prepay for your meal, tax and gratuity online. Participants pay for any drinks, separately, at the end of the meal.

Meals like the Food Revolution @ Hillside Farmacy in Austin, TX. This event celebrates Food Revolution Day, highlighting the world’s food issues and conspiring to make a difference. They also raise funds to advance food education projects in the US through the work of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Join ones like the Westside LA Entrepreneurs at the Brick + Mortar in Santa Monica, CA. They share tips, information and life stories.

If you’re a fan of Ashton Kutcher’s Airbnb and live in Chicago, you might try the Unofficial Airbnb Supper Club. They all love to travel. And to share their adventures and tips.

All of these dining experiences cost less than $25.

There are a few non U.S. cities as well (i.e. Tokyo, Sidney, Vancouver).  

Check out Grubwithus’ FAQ page ( and their etiquette page ( for more info.

Grubwithus gets good reviews with NY Times, Daily Candy, Washington Post, and similar.

This could become a winning concept. At least you’ll get to check out some good restaurants without having to dine alone. And you might make worthwhile acquaintances who really become friends you can FB & Twitter with online. At the very least, the dinners should be interesting!


Happy grubbing!


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 Social media has forever changed how we shop.   

New-and-improved shopping search engines (e.g. Shopzilla) provide quick price checks from lots of retailers, online as well as brick and mortar. You can find great deals on these sites, as well as merchant ratings, feedback scores based on hundreds of consumer responses.  Some of the retailers need to get rid of excess inventory. 

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Here’s a few comparison shopping sites to try. – get consumer feedback on retailers and compare prices from “tens of thousands of retailers” in the U.S. and Europe. Type in what you’re looking for or select one of the categories. –Type in a product in the “Find it” box and you’re on your way to comparing values on electronics, home & garden, health and beauty, food and wine, video games, clothing, hotels—“millions of products”. – gives you price comparisons right where you live, as well as listing all the local ads in one place. 

Woot!  – a comparison membership site that works with retailers to sell excess inventory daily—at a steep discount. Note this site is mostly about listing deals and community forums offering opinions on and alerting others to new deals. – is another community driven, deal sharing bargain site meant to help shoppers in making the best purchase decisions. 

Google Product Search  – The site allows you to filter selections for free shipping, new items and different locations (which comes into play for the off-line stores.),, camelbuy and camelsounds are specific to retailers. Amazon, NewEgg, Backcountry, Best Buy and, respectively. It sends customers each retailers price drop alerts and price history charts, and does require you to sign up. – this site’s goal is to list every online store in one place, thousands of trusted stores, for price comparisons. It boasts over 162,000 stores and 244,000,000 products as of 2011. – also does price comparisons, but on electronics (e.g. camcorders, GPS, home theater systems, laptops) It includes lots of information on the gadgets themselves and with comparison to similarly styled products. 

Yahoo Shopping  – allows consumer to sort searches by store, brand or price. It also allows visitors to find sale products and rebates among its 94 million product listings. Product reviews by Yahoo users come up with each product search. 

Now, that should give you lots of ways to save money, find bargains and get just the thing you’re looking for at the perfect price. 

©2012 DLewis

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Posted by on January 29, 2012 in Consumer, Economic, Tips, Uncategorized


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Edward Norton’s Charity: New Age of Fundraising

Edward Norton, actor, philanthropist, community organizer, launched a new site that might be just the fundraising ticket for small charities and charitable projects. The hook is getting the word out to multitudes and providing an avenue for even small donations to make an impact. Sometimes, people would love to support a cause, but don’t want to write a check for $10.00.  Crowdrise ( makes it easy.

Charities simply register on the site, ID the donor base and creatively make the case to potential donors. They will raise good money if they do their job and extend their reach well. Then all that’s left to do is express gratitude and do good with the money.

Crowdrise’s impetus? Mr. Norton successfully used a viral method to garner sponsors and raise money for a marathon supporting one of his causes. He raised over a million dollars from small donors. He and two co-founders, Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, successfully garnered online support through social media and marketing tools such as time-sensitive raffles and give-a-ways.

The site also suggests that individuals post all their volunteer activities on Crowdrise. In addition to looking angelic with all of your good works, you can get friends and FOF to support your causes. More good work with little effort.

Don’t want to create a page? No, problem. Simply, peruse all of the charities and projects that have. You’ll surely find one to support.

If you believe rehabbing feral cats to be a noble cause and get others to agree with the legitimacy of it and your organization, then Crowdrise is the place for you. You’re golden, as long as your non-profit is approved by the IRS and in in the GuideStar database.

Viral, grassroots and good works, now that’s some healthy Kool-Aid:

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Posted by on August 3, 2010 in Age of Aquarius


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