University of Michigan campus offers a variety of restaurants. From American diner to Japanese food and Italian cuisine to Cuban delicacies, we are spoilt for choices when it’s time to eat out. However, there is one thing that, for me at least, has always been a problem to enjoy all of these; money. I like to try everything! So, here are a few tips that may help spending less for eating out while still enjoying every bite of it!
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FlockTAG is a card that stores “restaurant-points”. Everytime you eat at a restaurant, you get a point!* Most restaurants and cafes offer, collect 10 points, get the 11th free, while some offer, collect 5 points, get the 6th free (e.g., Bubble Island)! This is a great way to save up since you can choose when you want to use the free ones. So, what I usually do is, collect all the free points, keep using the FlockTAG, and redeem the free points when you are really broke and you want to eat out!
There are also deals that they usually give out and most of the times, the deals are pre-paid meals for less (e.g., 4 meals for $14 instead of the regular $28). So, when I have money, I will buy a bunch of these deals and only use them when I’m broke! Also, when you buy these deals, they NEVER EXPIRE. Excellent.
FlockTAG cards are available at participating restaurants for free. All you have to do is register your card and you are good to go! Here’s a link to register and if you want to know more about FlockTAG, https://deals.flocktag.com/q/login?dtok=default
*Items eligible for points depends on the restaurants.
2. Campus Special Coupons
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So here’s the thing, early Fall or Winter Semester, there will be people on the Diag (central and north campus), in front of Shapiro Library and Espresso Royale and some other places*, that will give out coupon books. One advice, TAKE THEM! These are coupons books that have amazing deals throughout the semester. I once use a deal at Mia Za’s (an Italian Restaurant) and paid $3 for two complete meals. So much win! They also have deals online, just go to http://www.campusspecial.com/michigan/coupons or download their app and enjoy great discounts!
*These places may not sound familiar to you now, but when you get here, it will all make sense!
3. Restaurant Loyalty Card
Not all restaurants on campus participate in FlockTAG, but there is a high chance that those restaurants offer loyalty card. No Thai and Rich J.C., for example, has one and they offer one free meal after 10 points. So, there’s no harm in asking!
Have a good day and we’ll see you soon!
Written by Elissa Irhamy
Summer Orientation Peer Adviser from UK & MalaysiaBachelor: Actuarial Math, Earth and Environmental Sciences