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Question #47355 posted on 09/12/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there a way to apply for a special poorman's food plan? I am using the cheapest one with the smallest allotment, but between my food plan and my roommate's, we buy enough food for both of us using one food plan. Is there some way to get the money back that they are siphoning from my bank account?

- Poor Richard

A: Dear Richie:

Short answer: no. If you want to spend less money, then you can choose to not have a meal plan, and shop off-campus instead.

Hmm. It just occurred to me that you could be, and probably are, a freshman. Well, that was part of your housing contract, and if you didn't want that to be part of it, I guess you shouldn't have lived on campus?

It's all about sharing the love. Find a sibling, an attractive female Board writer (we are suckers for free food), a random upperclassman to share it with. Also, the first week I returned to off campus, I lived off food I had stocked up on with money I accrued on my meal plan. This kept me from starving. Once it is gone, you will miss it: buy flour and sugar and soup now, and take it with you when you move off campus. If you live in Helaman Halls, you can use the Wyview creamery: not everyone seems to know that.

One thing you can do is request that meals be moved from certain dates to others: if you are going out of town, say. Small consolation, perhaps, but some, nonetheless.