8 Things to do with Extra Meal Credits


The chaotic time between midterms and finals has arrived, and with it, the end of semester panic begins to settle. For those on the Flex Plan, this is also the time when you begin to question how you can possibly spend all of your 224 remaining meal credits by the end of the semester.

But fear not! Here are our top suggestions for how the spend them these last few weeks:


  1.  Join the “Brown University Meal Share” Facebook group. 

Help out fellow Brunonians by swiping them into your cafeteria of choice. Eternally grateful hungry students await you.



  1. Buy Odwalla Bars or other non-perishable items to donate.

The Rhode Island Food Bank accepts donations on Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 200 Niantic Avenue. If you have a few days left once you’re done with finals (if you survive them, that is) volunteer to take donations. You’ll be able to explore Providence while also helping our community!

  1. Buy an entire cookie-pizza from Andrews.

Eat it all yourself, or distribute it to strangers and make their day. Either way, this seems like a fantastic opportunity. Who doesn’t like cookies?

  1. Try every. Single. Thing. At Jo’s.

All the pop tart flavors! All the bagged fruit! All the drinks! Treat yo self. Those meal credits aren’t going to spend themselves.


  1. While you’re at it, try to be as glamorous as Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj while eating a Spicy with:

Might as well make the most out of the hike there.

  1. Get a second breakfast.

Who doesn’t want to live like a hobbit? And breakfast is undeniably the best meal of the day, after all.

(Note that following the Hobbit lifestyle on a daily basis is not recommended.)


  1. Live out all of your healthy dreams.

We all know college is stressful and binge eating is bound to occur. The fact that healthy food always seems more expensive doesn’t help either; use all of your meal credits to delve into the exuberant life style of Kind Bars and expensive cafeteria fruit. Feel virtuous and fit as you pull out your healthy, nutrition-filled, delicious Kind bar half-way through that never-ending lecture on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Also, go ahead and buy all of your friends an Ivy room smoothie. Assured to make you their favorite (at least until the end of the semester).

  1. Try out all the foods you weren’t so sure about before

That overly pigmented green pistachio Blue-room-muffin you were too scared to try? Now is the time. But only after 4:00 p.m. or on weekends, of course.

  1. Pay for your date’s meal…at the Ratty.

Bring a fancy table cloth, grab a booth, and you get the date of your dreams for the reasonable price of two meal swipes! You don’t even have to share dessert. Such bounty.

Bonus: to make your date extra fancy, get one of your friends to be your waiter (and pay them in meal credits).

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