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Finding Cheap Eats At THON 2022

Thanks to all the dancing, high spirits, and other fun things happening around the Bryce Jordan Center, you may get a little hungry. The arena’s got plenty of food to keep you full, but if you’re as broke as we are, you might not have the funds or meal points to burn.

Today, we took a stroll around the BJC to look for some cheap eats that’ll be easy on your stomach and your wallet.

$1 Tier

There are only two foods at the BJC that you can purchase for $1: whole fruit and Utz chips. Now, will these two fix your rumbling stomach? No. However, they’re solid options when you’re looking for a quick and easy snack. Plus, it can’t hurt to get some fresh fruit in you.

$2 Tier

If you aren’t feeling fruit or a bag of chips, there are a few more snack options in the $2 range. Cheese cups, Chobani yogurt, and pickles round out your options for two George Washingtons. What’s better than a late-night pickle?

$3 Tier

Our cheapest sandwich at THON is the classic Uncrutables PB&J. However, if you aren’t in the mood for one of those, you can also purchase a Cliff/Kind bar and or a Penn State Bakery cookie. Perhaps not the most filling, but they’re pretty tasty.

$4 Tier

The $4 market offers the most bang for your buck at the BJC. Highlighting these options are miniature ice cream pints from the Creamery. Flavors include Chocolate Marble, Vanilla, and Peachy Paterno. If ice cream isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy a soft pretzel, popcorn, candy, fruit cup, or a Lunchable.

$5 Tier

Finally, for just $5, you have main-dish options of either a jumbo hot dog or a blini brunch. Those with a sweet tooth can purchase cotton candy, a brownie treat from the Bakery, or an assortment of flavors from Dippin’ Dots, including cotton candy, banana split, cookie dough, cookies and cream, rainbow ice, and ultimate brownie batter.

Honorable Mention: $6 Tier

Now, this doesn’t really fit the criteria, but if you dig deep into those pockets for loose change, you have some solid options for six bucks. You could indulge in either a turkey and cheddar croissant or a spicy quinoa wrap on the concourse. For side options, you can’t go wrong with mac and cheese, french fries, or nachos. Finally, to satisfy your sweet tooth, the Penn State Bakery is offering Sticky Paws.

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Tobey Prime

Tobey is a senior studying broadcast journalism from Lancaster, PA. He is a major Pittsburgh sports fan and Miami Heat fanatic. When Tobey isn't writing for Onward State, you can catch him looking at photos of his pugs. Send your best insults to [email protected] or sports takes to @tobey_prime on Twitter.

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