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MealPal - the monthly lunch subscription for $6 - DC, NEW YORK, MIAMI, SF, BOSTON, CHICAGO

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I signed up this lunch subscription in Chicago this Monday (11/14) and it has been pretty good to serve me lunch(normally cost around $10/lunch in Chicago loop) for $6.4/lunch.
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How MealPal works? You get monthly lunch subscription - pick up a daily (albeit not unlimited) lunch from participating restaurants.
Two options:
12 meals per cycle: $6.39 EACH
20 meals per cycle: $5.99 EACH (both without tax)

You reserve the lunch: 5pm previous day - 9:30am, pick a pick-up time and when skip the line and grab your reserved lunch at that reserved time.

For the monthly price of $119(for 20 meals) or 77(for 12 meals, both without tax), MealPal gives subscribers lunch Monday through Friday — which means each meal costs less than $6. I personally chose the 12 meals monthly, planning to cook myself for the rest of the 8 meals.hug My office has free lunch and learn sessions that could also count as the rest of the meals. The catch of Mealpas is that you pay the whole 20/12 meals upfront and don't grab all of the meals you paid for. It excludes weekends.

Over 600 New York City restaurants have signed up to participate in the MealPal program. It's also available in Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, and Washington DC.

The choices of restaurants are good so far, I work in Chicago loops and the choices available around me in a 5 mins walk distance is around at least 30 everyday. Mostly these choices are from the restaurant I will usually go to grab lunch even without this new service. I have had 3 meals so far and they seem to all serve you the same amount of food comparing to you would normally pay for (mostly they run for $10 as I checked from the menu, so paying 6.4 is like a 35% discount for me).
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Interesting idea, but my office offers a subsidized cafeteria that's usually less than this, and I work in the most touristy area in NYC, so I'd probably have to walk a decent distance to get to a place that I'd want to eat at anyway. If I worked for a smaller company I'd be seriously interested in this, though.
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watch out this company lacks communication with the restaurants for sure. There have been quite a few times that I have gone to a restaurant at the time slot I reserved and they didn't even start cooking the food. on a 30 minute lunch break that isn't cool. Also one time they had a food truck there reserved lunch then fails to let me know the food truck won't be there, says I can buy a lunch at any of the open restaurants they work with and they will reimburse me, then later on they don't reimburse me. Very deceptive company and also cancelling was a hassle, constant upsells before they fully cancel. not pushing you away from company but beware, I have tried this service 3 different times hoping it would get better since they constantly come at you with a nice sign-up promotion to be let down yet again. Also food selection was horrendous and some of the merchants sell you smaller portions, I've been to ones I frequented prior to this service and the portion was smaller than normal, which is understandable hence the pricing but defeats the whole "I saved" feels.
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Ya'll pay $6 for a lunch? I average $5 per day eating 80-90% of meals at home. I thought this was slickdeals.
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Ya'll pay $6 for a lunch? I average $5 per day eating 80-90% of meals at home. I thought this was slickdeals.
This will blow your mind but some people actually enjoy spending money on things they love. I work downtown and spend between $10-20 on lunch at least three times a week. Why? Because I can. I live in an amazing food city. I have zero desire to eat 80% of my meals at home. Not everyone on SD is done back woods hillbilly with a minimum wage job.
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This will blow your mind but some people actually enjoy spending money on things they love. I work downtown and spend between $10-20 on lunch at least three times a week. Why? Because I can. I live in an amazing food city. I have zero desire to eat 80% of my meals at home. Not everyone on SD is done back woods hillbilly with a minimum wage job.
Oh, well I don't live in the back woods, nor do I have a minimum wage job. I earn several times minimum wage but still chose to not flush money down the toilet through expensive meals out. I thought most people here were pretty frugal, that is what slickdeals is about, saving money.
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