Home cooking savings, Woot sells out, etc

Does cooking home really cost less than what fast food chains charge?

I have asked myself this kind of question many times. Is it worth cooking your lunch at home and if you do so, will you be able to beat Quiznos and Subway’s rock bottom prices?

For me this question is out of table since lunch out is not just a meal but also an opportunity to meet friends (which is priceless) and therefore I personally vote for the “not so cheap” food at a restaurant.

Where do you eat your lunch?

Source: Does Cooking At Home Really Beat The McDonalds $1 Double Cheeseburger? at SimpleDollar

Woot partners with Yahoo! Shopping

The most popular of one day a deal sites strengthens its position by partnering with Yahoo! Shopping, a price comparison and shopping portal. If you head to Yahoo! Shopping front page, it is very easy to spot the new “Deal of the Day” section in the middle. Powered by Woot it will however serve different deals than those on (no bag of crap for you, Yahoo? :-)).

According to the blog post at, there is no money involved as part of this agreement. What is in it for Woot then? “access to their gigunda audience of shoppers who’ve never met Woot”. Plus they probably get to keep all the proceeds from the suddenly increasing sales.

What is in it for Yahoo!? “Yahoo! gets to lure you all (old Woot users) through their front door”. I really doubt devoted Wooters is who Yahoo! really after. What Yahoo! gets is an experienced team and a smoothly running “deal a day” machine which is a great addition to their portal. Cnet has one and it is very popular.

Source: Woot Sells Out! at

Farecast flexes muscles with hotel prices

Farecast, the startup known for their air fare prediction service is testing waters in new area, hotel pricing. Just as airline tickets, hotels prices have seasonal changes and are affected by local events (conventions, fairs, etc). Farecast helps you decide if a specific hotel offering is a good deal or not by comparing historical hotel prices to the price on the day of your stay. There is not cross hotel comparison. Why?

We believe that supply and demand within a market is a fantastic indicator of the quality of a hotel. If Hotel B is inferior to Hotel C, Hotel B is not going to be able to charge a premium rate in the market and fill their rooms. Therefore, the prices other hotels have available is not relevant to whether the given hotel is a deal.

Makes sense to me. At least this is how it should work in an ideal market with abundance of information about the quality of services offered by all competitors.

Source: Finding Bargain Rooms at a Glance at New York Times

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4 Responses to “Home cooking savings, Woot sells out, etc”

  1. 1 Alex Sep 19th, 2007 at 8:47 am

    I personally limit myself to one lunch a week and try to bring food with me to work. Sure you can’t beat McDonalds food but do you really want to eat McDonalds food? Subway is a bit better but I like my own stuff better. Both me and my wife cook which I find is very easy in United States given that food is prepackaged and ready for consumption. Monetarily yes I agree it’s more expensive but I strongly beleive there’s only one life to live and it would be a shame to waste it for McDonalds lunches ;)

  2. 2 Yan Sep 19th, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    As the result of his calculation, the guy actually contents that home cooked food is cheaper, not mentioning other benefits. The comments to his post are quite entertaining. Here is one I like:

    Anyone who feeds their kids McDonald’s instead of cooking a nice homemade meal for diner should be thrown in jail for neglect. You are poisoning your kids with this junk. Do you even know what they put in those burgers? If you did you would get sick!

  3. 3 Mike G. Sep 19th, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    You guys should read Fast Food Nations if you really wanna know what’s in your fast food and how it’s prepared.

    As for the health benefits, watch the documentary Supersize Me..

  4. 4 Lazy Man Sep 19th, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    The Subway and Quizno subs are far from rock bottom when put in a calorie per dollar context. They’re healthy, but you can do better in the pre-packaged frozen food aisle and be fairly healthy as well.

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