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Old 08-23-2009, 10:55 AM   #21
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So use that $1800 toward your food budget.

At $12 a MEAL, you can certainly eat much cheaper in other ways.

Is the convenience worth it?

Also.. if you aren't LIVING on campus, then you probably won't be around
the cafeteria for breakfast or dinner.

Every uneaten meal on the plan is $12 wasted.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:58 AM   #22
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Since semesters last longer than 50 days, my guess is that the meal plan covers 2 meals a day for the 4 months a typical semester spans. You definitely want to look into the details, because it's different at every school. Be prepared that you may need to provide your own food on weekends or for breakfasts; but you could definitely do that on $100 a month.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:18 AM   #23
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So use that $1800 toward your food budget.

At $12 a MEAL, you can certainly eat much cheaper in other ways.

Is the convenience worth it?

Also.. if you aren't LIVING on campus, then you probably won't be around
the cafeteria for breakfast or dinner.

Every uneaten meal on the plan is $12 wasted.
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Since semesters last longer than 50 days, my guess is that the meal plan covers 2 meals a day for the 4 months a typical semester spans. You definitely want to look into the details, because it's different at every school. Be prepared that you may need to provide your own food on weekends or for breakfasts; but you could definitely do that on $100 a month.
Thank you guys, And yes the meal plan is more like $5,00 breakfast, $7,00 lunch, $10,00 dinner but it's all you can eat, What I was going to do is take half my dinner home and put it in the fridge and make dinners out of the left over food I couldn't eat, depending on what it is.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:43 AM   #24
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That could work... best make sure you can. Most buffet places won't allow
doggie bags.

(I used to be pretty good at sneaking foods into my big winter coat pockets back in the day. Summers were not as easy, LOL)
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Most college cafeterias won't let you take food out of the dining hall. Otherwise two people could be eating for the price of one. In fact, some places won't let anyone in who doesn't have a meal ticket.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:29 PM   #26
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Most college cafeterias won't let you take food out of the dining hall. Otherwise two people could be eating for the price of one. In fact, some places won't let anyone in who doesn't have a meal ticket.
While this is true, it is also usually very easy to sneak food out, not that I am advocating braking the rules. Also, most places will give you one ewarning and then revoke your meal plan if they catch you so you need to make your decisions wisely.
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You are NOT going to be able to get a doggie bag for any kind of buffet. If, however, they provide to go boxes, they usually sell the food by weight. Left-over all-you-care-to-eat-at-one-sitting is probably not going to fly. Don't expect to get ahead by cheating the system.
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Also, beware of the "Freshman Twenty" -- which is what a lot of students gain during the first year of eating dorm food. The all-you-want approach can be disastrous over time, especially when the pies are as good as they were at my college!
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Also, beware of the "Freshman Twenty" -- which is what a lot of students gain during the first year of eating dorm food. The all-you-want approach can be disastrous over time, especially when the pies are as good as they were at my college!
OMG - yes, good advice. Except mine was a different kind of pie - pizza pie! Back then the extra 20 came off a LOT easier!
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i have a lunch meal plan, & they have take-away food, so i get food after class & usually take it with me for dinner. it is so worth it!
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