How to: Eating cheap on a college student’s budget

Feeling like the Caf isn’t what you want to eat today? Tired of endless pasta bowls, and plates of pizza and salad? The Lion’s Den, and the Coffee shop just aren’t cutting it anymore? This is a guide on how to eat cheap on a college budget. College students don’t make very much money, and maybe Mom isn’t sending much per month, but there are plenty of ways to eat out cheaply in college, so follow this for a few tips and tricks.

Students can head on over to the website “Charlotte on the Cheap,” and click on the food and drinks tab to find weekly deals on free food, and cheap food and drinks in the Charlotte area, this website also has links to free events in the Charlotte area, such as Festival in the Park, or outdoor concerts for free.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

119 N. Sharon Amity Road

Charlotte, NC 28211

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts gives out a free donut to anyone who comes in dressed like a pirate.


Buca di Beppo

10915 Carolina Place Parkway

Pineville, NC 28134

If you are in the mood for Italian food, get together with three other friends and head on over to enjoy their “4 for $40” deal.


QDoba Mexican Grill

1600 E. Woodlawn Road #200

Charlotte, NC 28209

Students can also flash their student ID at QDoba for a $5 burrito meal.


Maggiano’s Little Italy

4400 Sharon Road

Charlotte, NC 28211

Maggiano’s offers a take home deal. How it works is when you dine in, you can buy a pasta dish and have another pasta dish to take home as well. The portions are fantastic, for the low price of only $12.99.


Students can also check out Groupon to find great deals on food as well.


7731 Colony Road

Charlotte, NC 28226

Groupon offers a half off coupon for TCBY frozen yogurt.


Sizzling Wok

6908 Matthers-Mint Hill Road

#310, Mint Hill, NC 28227

If you and a friend are in the mood for Chinese food, Groupon offers a “2 for $10” dinner deal at Sizzling Wok.


None of these sound appetizing? Flash your student ID at any of these restaurants for a 10% off deal on your food:

Domino’s Pizza

343 S Kings Drive

Charlotte, NC 28204


Dairy Queen

108 S Sharon Amity Road

Charlotte, NC 28211



4343 Park Road

Charlotte, NC 28209


Burger King

1525 E. 4th St.

Charlotte, NC 28204


Subway Restaurants

4323 Park Road

Charlotte, NC 28209


Waffle House

4739 South Blvd.

Charlotte, NC 28217


Enjoy these helpful tips on how to eat right on a college budget.

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