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For the most part, socializing and eating go hand in hand, and that can get expensive.   Dining out affordably doesn’t have to mean fast food.   Here are some ideas for saving money and eating healthy.  

  • Search on the Duke Events Calendar for Free Food.  There’s no such thing as free lunch—except in college and grad school!  If some group is providing free food, go and eat! 
  • Keep track of your food points.  If you’re on a dining plan, keep in mind that food points equate to real money, so watch what you spend.     You can use your food points for all campus eateries and some off-campus merchants.  But remember, just because they accept food points doesn’t mean you’re getting a good deal!
  • Eating Healthy.  Stock up on healthy snacks to prevent paying the higher price at the vending machine.  Stay healthy by utilizing the salad offering in the Penn Pavilion  and The Marketplace.  Cook a meal in the kitchen on your hall with friends.  If you don’t have pots and pans, check with your GR or RA.
  • Grocery Shopping.  Look for buy-one-get-one-free specials and other deep discounts at large grocery chains.  When grocery shopping, make sure to sign up for the store's discount card to get instant savings on groceries
  • Eating Out.  Check out the discounts at local restaurants from the Duke Durham Discount Program or ask others if they’ve seen any good deals lately.  Because their overhead is less, food trucks are generally less expensive than eating in a restaurant. Search for food trucks at Carpe Durham. Keep an eye out for Food Truck Roundups, which can be a fun way to dine out with friends.  You can find the cheapest coffee on West Campus at McDonalds, Blue Express, and Twinnie’s. Check Groupon Now for deals at local restaurants.  Groupon Now offers a wide selection of coupons must be used the day they are purchasedFinally, don't forget about these annual "freebies" -Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day and Saladelia's Free Coffee Day!