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6 Ways to Save Money on Food

We are all on a tight budget, and food seems much more expensive when our parents aren’t paying for it. Thankfully, there are a few ways that you can save some dolla billz while still giving your body proper nutrition.

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1. Get free meal vouchers from the Student Activities Center

You read that right. You are entitled to five meal vouchers for the dining halls throughout your UCLA career. Simply sign up at the Student Activities Center and pick up your meal voucher according to the following schedule:

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2. Take advantage of your friends’ swipes and Greek chapter houses

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The downside of living in an apartment is the distinct lack of catering. On the bright side, most of your friends in dorms, fraternities and sororities do have access to delicious food that they will be thrilled to share with you.

 

3. Check out the UCLA food closet

The UCLA Community Programs Office Food Closet, also located in the Student Activities Center, is a donation-based resource for hungry students. Anyone can take items from (or give items to) the food closet and never skip a meal again!

 

4. Get those free samples

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. Whether it’s a strange new granola bar from a promotional stand or good ol’ orange chicken from Panda Express, free food samples can go a long way.

 

5. Fill out a survey

Speaking of Panda Express, if you fill out a quick satisfaction survey after your visit to the restaurant, you will get one free entree item with a two-entree combo. Be sure to look out for other similar deals as well.

 

6. Attend club info meetings

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Okay, free Diddy Riese cookies and/or pizza are probably not the best reason to attend a club’s info session, but on the other hand, free Diddy Riese cookies and/or pizza are pretty great. Besides, you will probably learn something valuable and want to get further involved with the food organization, so everybody wins.

Do you have any tips and tricks to save money on food? Share them with us by tweeting @dbmojo or commenting below.

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Food and Dining

Ten Snacks For Less Than $1 From Hill Top Shop

Do you ever wake up too late to grab some breakfast from the Hill? Or maybe you’re running low on swipes for the week (for those of you who have regular meal plans)? Maybe you just got really tired of school food (I already did!)?

Like many college students, I’m broke! And always hungry. I’m ALWAYS leaving my room exactly 30 minutes before my lecture to make sure I get there on time and that does not allow me to stop by one of the dining halls or a to-go dining commons for breakfast. I also don’t have time to come back up to the Hill and grab some lunch. So what happens? I starve!

Other times, I get really tired of the food on the Hill. Unbelievable! Right? But it happens to a couple of people and it might happen to you.

If you’re like me, there’s a solution to that!

These snacks from the Hill Top Shop are each less than $1 and will definitely come in handy when you’re starving.

 

Nissin Cup Noodles: will fill you up – $0.89

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Nature Valley granola bars: $0.79 (several different flavors)

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Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts: $0.99

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Sunshine Cheez-It: delicious cheesy snacks – Original: $0.79, other flavors: $0.89 

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Keebler Snack Packs: THE childhood snack – $0.69

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Famous Amos cookies: delicious mini cookies – $0.89

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Keebler Sugar Wafers: $0.89

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Special K pastries and bars: breakfast on the go – $0.89

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Corn Nuts: several different flavors – $0.99

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Knott’s Berry Farm cookies: strawberry: $0.99, blueberry: $0.79

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Tips for Flu Season: Three Alternatives to Chicken Soup

It’s week five here at UCLA, and midterm season is in full swing. The libraries are more crowded than ever, and sweatpants have become increasingly popular. But you know what other season has also started? Flu season.

The free flu vaccine booths next to the Bruin Bear probably give it away, but less so than your friend’s incessant cough and tissue trail. Being sick makes you want to run home to your mom’s soup and your own bed, but this option is cut short for many students on campus. So, as a current flu victim, I’ve gathered some simple habits you could easily weave into your dining hall schedule to help you fight the infectious trend.

No Sugar

If you’re anything like me, dessert is a must. No matter how full I am, I will always have room for whatever is waiting for me at the dessert station. However, sugar can inhibit your immune system if consumed regularly when sick. It’s going to be a hard journey, but if I can do it, you can too.

Honey and Lemon Tea

Instead of drinking cranberry spritzer or Coke with your meal, opt for tea or hot water. Yeah, everyone knows to drink tea when they are sick, but we aren’t done yet. The crucial ingredients are honey and lemons. Honey is known to have antibacterial properties and to help with the discomfort from sore throats. The lemons add much-needed vitamin C and antioxidants to the simple drink. Not only did you just make yourself a medicinal remedy, but you also created a delicious drink. Pinkies up!

Wash Your Hands

As college students, our hands may be the dirtiest parts of our bodies. From touching door handles to elevator buttons, our hands are indirectly in contact with hundreds of other people on campus. The spread of all unseen germs is easier than it seems. So, right when you go into swipe into the dining halls, utilize that hand sanitizer dispenser. It only takes a couple of seconds to walk over and place your hand under the machine. If you notice that these dispensers are empty, you can easily carry the travel-size hand sanitizer bottles, which can be found in any convenience store, including the Hill Top Shop.

If you have any other helpful tips or advice for the sick, feel free to comment and let us know!

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Five Delicious Ways to Celebrate Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

For those of you who may not know, November is national Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, aka one month for you to celebrate your love for one of the most versatile spreads out there. As a must-have in any mini fridge, a jar of peanut butter could mean the difference between preparing a quick, healthy snack for yourself and scarfing down half a pound of chicken tenders at De Neve Late Night. So in honor of this month, here are five delicious snacks you can make for yourself using some good old-fashioned PB.

1. Peanut butter and banana (or apple) bites

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If you have a meal plan, chances are you also have a small cornucopia of apples and bananas that you’ve grabbed from the dining halls on your desk. Don’t let that fruit go to waste. Small bites of apple or banana with peanut butter spread on top – and maybe even a drizzle of honey – is a delicious combo for any time of day.

2 . Ants on a log

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If you went to preschool, chances are you’re familiar with this cute little snack. If not, no worries. Chop some small stalks of celery, spread peanut butter in the middle and top it off with your “ants,” little raisins. (Chocolate-covered raisins are a tasty option too.) If that doesn’t get you to eat celery, I don’t know what will.

3. Peanut butter bars

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Want to try an easy dessert idea? Mix peanut butter – crunchy or smooth – in a bowl with graham cracker crumbs. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet or other deep dish. Top with chocolate chips or granola, and BOOM. You’re done.

4. Peanut butter pretzel sticks

Take large pretzel sticks and coat one end with peanut butter. Then roll this end of the pretzel stick in any topping of your choice (M&M’s, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, marshmallows, etc.), and let them chill for  a while in your fridge. These will not disappoint.

5. Peanut butter powder ????

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OK, I know what you’re thinking, but I actually just tried this for the first time today, and I have to say it’s really not bad. Mix a spoonful of peanut butter powder into vanilla Greek yogurt and top with some honey for a quick breakfast or snack.

 

Have any cool peanut butter snack ideas for this month? Comment below.

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