For you frugal dads and moms out there, you should check out the KidsEatFor website. KidsEatFor.com is essentially a database of places where kids can eat for free or at a discount. It’s a community base site. In other words, the site relies on parents to submit restaurants that offer free or discounted meals for kids. Obviously, there are restrictions for the free meals. For instance, most (all?) places limit the deal to one free child meal for each adult meal purchased.
On the KidsEatFor website, you can search by zip code, restaurant name, and other criteria. You can also browse by city and state. The community base site also offers voting. Parents can vote a deal up or down based on the accuracy of the deal. The vote is anonymous. However, voting a special “down” is not exactly the best way for handling expired deals. A nice-to-have feature is a button for removing deals that are no longer offered.
There is also a new KidsEatFor application for the iPhone. The iPhone app has the same features as the website plus a few enhancements. For instance, the iPhone application can use GPS information to present you with deals near your location.
I like the idea behind KidsEatFor. However, the site is still in start-up mode and needs more parents to submit restaurants with free or discounted meals for kids. For instance, in my area (Portland, Oregon), iHop is the only place listed. I don’t eat out often, but I’m fairly certain there is more than one restaurant in the Portland metro area that offers special deals for kids.