PRLog - May 18, 2010 - DEER PARK, N.Y. -- The golden age of cookboks is long past, with an overwhelming number of web sites today offering massive stores of quality recipes for free, many if not most of which are submitted by eager cooks for no compensation at all, happy enough to see their name with credit.
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There are a few sites around that tell you how to get paid for your recipes, but the ones we've seen usually pay a miniscule amount based on the number of page views over time, that is, how many people visit your recipe page from a search engine link, as the site tries to make money on advertising.
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But now, the innovative and upstart food savings web site Dollar a Day Gourmet is offering its fans a unique incentive to send in their recipes. The site promotes healthy and quality dining on a shoestring budget, with the carrot on the end of the stick being how you can eat for a dollar a day. Whether that's your goal or not, or perhaps you just want to cut your food bills significantly, Dollar a Day Gourmet is rapidly making its mark amongst cooking and food related web sites.
The site features a page of "Recipes for Less Than a Dollar," and to attract users to send in their budget minded recipes, they offer to pay them the difference between a dollar and the per serving cost of the meal the user submits. Dollar a Day Gourmet then checks the prices per ingredient and TRIES the recipe, and if they use it on their site, they send the difference via PayPal to the user.
As an example, the site uses a budget conscious breakfast solution for a delicious red lentil and ham sort of "Dal," which, enhanced with a variety of spices, costs just 29 cents per serving. That makes the recipe worth 71 cents which Dollar a Day Gourmet will send to your PayPal account. You won't get rich, but you won't be giving away your recipes either.
And in a very innovative twist, they offer people the option of selecting from a list of reputable charities, and Dollar a Day Gourmet will MATCH the amount, and in the breakfast example above that means a donation would be made in your name for $ 1.44.
Over time, this is guaranteed to add up, and it's not like companies who offer to donate some miniscule percent of AFTER PROFIT revenue to let's say, save the deviated septum nose whistling rainbow horny toad from extinction or something like that. You pick the charity, and you don't have to purchase anything. Dollar a Day Gourmet is truly making the donation on your behalf.
Is this a gimmick? Well, it's certainly clever, but there's no hidden agenda. Dollar a Day Gourmet is in business to make a profit, and they do hawk their own line of private label spices, even offering people the option of having their own private label of spices for gift ideas and fundraising and just fun, and at the rock bottom price of 98 cents an ounce, which is cheaper than even Walmart. Shipping and handling is free also, so whether you go for a your own private label or not, which there's no extra charge for, this beats the lowest price on spices in a sensible one ounce size to be found ANYWHERE, either in your local grocery store, store brand, or discount brand.
Obviously, they are making a statement and a point in going a penny lower than even the 99 cent stores and Walgreen's, who sells their own brand of spices at 99 cents.
Considering that the number one spice company in America's oregano goes for $ 8.08 an ounce, you can see the onvious tremendous savings. And the private label deal is destined to be a huge hit for holiday, birthday and Mother's Day gifts. Not to mention of course just a great deal for people who cook.
So, it's a win win situation, and there's nothing like it elsewhere. Visit them at http://www.dollaradaygourmet.com and poke around and be sure to visit their private label spices page at http://www.dollaradaygourmet.com/
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