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Your Guide to Duluth Deals

As college students, we all feel the financial pinch as we transition into another year back at school and feel our wallets begin to deflate.  That’s why I decided to give a little money-saving advice on dining and daily expenses in Duluth to help out with those pesky financial strains.

Gas/Convenience:

  • Holiday Stations-  If you are coffee maniacs (I know I am!), this place is great for offering deals on a cup year round.  This month they are handing out any size for 99 cents. 
  • Super America on Woodland- Flash your university ID card at this station and save yourself 5 cents a gallon on gas, regardless of your payment method.

Grocery/Meals:

****Special Note:  For this section in particular, remember that at least most of you have a meal plan purchased through the school.  One HUGE money saving tip is to simply utilize this to the fullest.  Flex meals are applicable to the Greenview and Storms and cafeteria meals are the Greenview, so even if you aren’t hungry at a particular meal, you can always grab a meal to-go and save it for later. 

  • CSS Food Shelf- Many of the students (possibly you!) are eligible for utilizing the on-campus food shelf located in Tower.  This is a great way to gain some basic pantry items and stock up on supplies.  Use this resource…don’t be afraid!
  • Super One and Cub- Coupons are always located when you first walk into these stores.  Sometimes even a buy one get one free deal can save you a ton of money, so I encourage you to peek at these.  Another helpful hint is to make a list before going shopping so as to avoid “impulse” buys.  Those can sometimes be a bank buster.

Dining Out:

  • Early Bird Meals- Restaurants like Outback will sometimes offer special prices for early diners (typically between about 4 to 6 pm) on certain entrees.  This is a great way to score the dining experience for less buck.
  • Half-size portions- At Grandmas, Perkins, and many other restaurants, you can order a half-sized or sometimes called a “lunch” portion instead of the full size portion.  Not only will this save you several dollars, but much of the time this will also save you from late night stomach aches!
  • Late night- Places sometimes will offer late night dinner or appetizer specials for diners.  A perfect example of this is Applebee’s legendary “1/2 Price Apps” after 9 pm.  Great choice and way college friendly.
  • Nightly Specials- Don’t shy away from asking your server what the special of the evening is.  Sometimes this can provide a unique and delicious dinner for a good price.

Dining In:

****For on-campus students, you received coupon booklets upon move-in.  If you still have yours, you may be able to score some good deals.  Dominos, Erbert and Gerberts, and Jimmy Johns among many other establishments have specialty coupons just for you!

  • When ordering family-style food for delivery (like pizza or Chinese), try to come up with some sort of concensus on what everyone would be okay with eating.  That way, everyone can share a few entrees instead of ordering all separates…and paying double or triple the price!
  • If you have a late night craving for delivery munchies, think it through before ordering.  Sometimes when you get overtired from a night of studying or project procrastination (which we all experience!), you lose the motivation to get up and grab food that you probably have sitting right in your refrigerator.  A good rule of thumb: wait 10 minutes after you have an urge to call.  If you are still craving your beloved Narmer from Erbs and Gerbs after the ten minutes are up, then make the call.

Some final advice on deliveries: Have common courtesy for your delivery drivers.  Ask them to meet you in the lobby or main entrance to your building (as in, don’t ask them to try to find your room number…).  Once you get your food, be sure to leave them a tip.

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