Saturday, July 26, 2008

5 Tips to Cheap Eats

With rising food costs, it's even more important that students get their grub for cheap. Here are five tips that will help you save cash, without putting yourself on a bread and water diet.

1. Happy Hour is happy for a reason. You save money and it's not just about getting plastered. Some eateries like Spengers have happy hour(s) that give you delicious food for lower prices if you get a drink (ie. Coke, Sprite, Beer, etc). It's located conveniently on 4th and University, you can take the 51. And who can say no to a 3.99 Clam Chowder Bread Bowl or a 1.99 Shrimp Scatter? (I haven't been there for a few months so prices may have gone up. *sadness*)
Spenger's Happy Hours are Monday - Friday 4:00pm - 6:00pm & 9:30pm - 11:00pm and
Sunday 8pm - 10pm.
2. Lunch Specials or Specials of any kind. This includes Desi Dogs $1.50 after 5 deal and Sushi House's 6.99 Terkiyaki, California Roll, tempura meal. Chipolte and Slurp also gives free fountain drinks with a student ID, which brings me to point 3.
Skate's also has a happy hour, but it's more pricy.
3. Flaunt your student ID. Many restaurants and eateries give a 10% student discount. This includes Papamingos, Sweet Dreams, and Bobby G's Pizzeria. This is also applicable to non-food places like Amoeba and Rasputin.
4. Coupons & Press Pass. I'm not telling you to clip out of the PennySaver. But during Welcome Week and generally the first few weeks of the semester, people will be handing out a big book of coupons entitled "Guide to Good Life: Berkeley." This is a free book chock full of coupons. There is also a card called the Press Pass that will give you discounts from haircuts, boba, to bowling.
5. Go to the Supermarket.

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