Eating on a Budget

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Teach Them To Budget And The Rest Is Easy

Eating on a budget is hard to do at any age.  Teaching my three kids how to budget their money was not an easy chore.  I am currently in the process of teaching my daughter and, let’s just say, girls, are worse than boys.  I watch her bank account go lower and lower each week and am so grateful that she has her meal plan!

The summer before they each went off to college, I sat down with them and tried to explain how to budget their money, however, the reality is much different than just having a conversation.  Remind your student there is no shame in eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – it costs pennies to make. I really believe that businesses know college kids are broke. Luckily there are plenty of places to eat on and off campus that help them to keep their budgets.  Having their Osprey1card and asking businesses if they have a discount for students is a great way to eat out and still stay within their weekly budget.

Here are a few places that offer discounts.

  • Brass Tacks – $1-off Wednesdays for Ospreys. Plus, Brass Tacks does a “name of the day” every day. If it’s your name, you can get free coffee.  And once it’s back in season, definitely try the lavender latte!
  • Chick-fil-a – Every Monday, show your student ID to buy one get one free chicken sandwiches
  • Dairy Queen – 10% off
  • Mini-Bar Donuts – 10% off for Ospreys! Every single day.  Except for Mondays. Because they’re closed. If you go closer to the weekend, they do cereal milk lattes! The cereal changes each week, but if it happens to be a cereal you like, definitely try it when you go.
  • Panera’s – 10% off with student card
  • Papa John’s 10-20% off pizza
  • Yogurt Mountain at Town Center – Check their Facebook page because of the discount changes.
  • The following places have excellent freebies for birthdays!
  • Denny’s – Free Grand Slam breakfast
  • Dunkin Donuts – Free drink when you download their app
  • Einstein’s – Right on Campus! Free Egg Sandwich
  • IHop – Free stack of pancakes.
  • Jamba Juice – Conveniently located on campus – Free Smoothie or Juice
  • Jersey Mike’s – Free Sub & Drink
  • Seasons 52 – Free dessert

Students won’t get a discount if they don’t ask. They will soon find their go-to places for cheap meals.  Once they get the hang of budgeting, they will (hopefully) make it a habit. If you visit your Osprey, don’t plan on seeing any of these places, as they will want you to take them to restaurants they presently can’t afford. For a list of those restaurants, see our blog on restaurants.

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2019-07-29T17:24:44-05:000 Comments

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