5 Ways to Eat Cheap/Free in Athens Georgia

Photo by Mr. T in DC on Flickr

Photo by Mr. T in DC on Flickr

5. Don’t Underestimate a Taco Stand Burrito (Under $5.00)

Yes, the prices keep going up, but it’s still a great thing that you can get a bean burrito and a PBR for the few bucks of change you found in your pocket. Might I suggest springing a little extra and trying the regular tofu burrito with hot sauce? This cheap place has the second-best tofu in Athens and it’s a mystery about how it tastes so damn good.

4. Student Discounts (Cheap)

So many restaurants around town (and beyond) will cut a little off the top for you if you show them that student ID. CiCi’s might be the best, as they often use terrible cashiers who can’t seem to hit the discount button only once.

3. Dumpster Diving (Free)

Fact: Dunkin Donuts and Panera throw away tons baked goods at the end of business every day. Also, it’s all bagged separate from the other refuse. Other places to check are grand stashes of produce and other interesting groceries behind independent/smaller grocery stores. Also, remember to always follow the rules.

2. Moe’s 2 Dollar Tuesday ($2.00)

Yes, Chipotle is better. Yes, Willy’s has better meat. Moe’s, however, has 2 dollar burritos on the second Tuesday of every month. You can even buy up to five (word to the wise, if you’re going to buy 5, make the ones you plan on keeping in the fridge for a while without sour cream). Remember that certain condiments cost extra—but, the salsa bar is always free.

UPDATED March 22 @ 2:30PM: It has come to our attention that Moe’s no longer does this. As such, we would suggest eating a terrible pizza from Little Caesars ($5) and buying cheesy bread during “happy hour*” ($2). Sad times, Moe’s.  Sad times.

1. Desperate Student Organizations (Free)

Maybe you have the UGA Master Calendar bookmarked. Maybe you already smile and nod your way through each terrible Young Dems meeting for the free pizza. That’s good and all, but check out the meetings for organizations that sound terrible but also say they’ll provide food. Russian Student Union? Check! UGAnime? Put on a funny hat and CHECK! One thing to keep in mind with this one is that you might actually meet some interesting new people in your quest for free food.

Bonus: Free Popcorn for Drunk People

Flicker Bar and Manhattan Cafe both provide tasty popcorn with tasty toppings to all patrons that purchase a drink. So, grab either a Jackie O or a Blueberry Vodka Lemonade and pile on the nutritional yeast.

Those are our idea. What are your top ways to eat on the cheap in Athens? Sound off in the comments below.

*Nothing is happy when you eat pizza from Little Caesar’s 

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As a youthful bachelor, he lives off of white wine and avocados. He's also a freelance web developer. His addiction to pop culture is getting bad.

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