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Ramen is for suckers: College foodie tips

December 17, 2020

first_img 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Foodies headed to a college campus don’t have to resign themselves to a semester of subpar food because they are on a tight budget.Some university meal plans have elevated their offerings to compete with fine dining establishments in an attempt to boost enrollment. Even if that’s the case on your campus, you still may want to head out for a different dining experience.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American household spends about $3,000 a year dining out (which includes delivery and take out). Restaurants charge a whopping 325% markup on their meals; the cost for service and convenience adds up. So, when foodies opt to indulge in dining out, they should make the most of the experience.Frugal foodie bloggers say dining out on the cheap, even as a student, is possible. The key is moderation (isn’t it always?). Here are some additional tips to eat well during your college years.Research deals: You may be surprised by the dining deals found on sites like GroupOn.com, LivingSocial.com or Restaurant.com. And while we’re talking deals, be sure to follow all your favorite restaurants on social media as well. You’ll be the first to know about any promotions, specials or discounts.Try the buddy system: Grab a likeminded frugal friend with similar discerning tastes and split an appetizer and one entrée.Explore locally: The best food may be found on a food truck or at some hidden away dive, so get to know your surroundings. Check out the local scene and upcoming community events calendar. Are there any plans for restaurant week or food truck rodeos? Do area restaurants give discounts to students?Timing is everything: Choose lunch and happy hour instead of dinner. They are some of the best times to enjoy a great meal at a reduced price.last_img

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