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Your Guide To Eating Cheap At THON 2023

While THON is a strict no-sitting, no-sleeping event, one task is still vital to stay fresh — eating.

Whether you’re at THON for the long haul or popping in for just a peek, you may have noticed the numerous concession stands available in the BJC. Some of the food sold is pretty expensive, however, making it tough to dine on a budget.

If you’re finding your wallet a little lacking, we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the best cheap eats at THON 2023.

$1 Eats

There are only a select few options available for just $1: an Utz bag of chips, a banana, an apple, or an orange. Most options are filling and nutritious, helping you maintain a balanced diet at THON.

$2 Eats

There is a bit more variety within the $2 category, but it’s not the kind of assortment you’d imagine. $2 options include a cheese cup, Chobani yogurt, and some Oh Snap! Pickles. If you are really craving a pickle, THON might just be your place.

$3 Eats

Water finally appears as an option at this threshold. However, there are water bottle refill stations around the BJC, so if you’re willing to brave the line, you may want to pack an empty reusable water bottle.

For $3, you can also purchase a grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup to pair with your grilled cheese, a Penn State Bakery cookie, and cereal bars. Definitely some more variety here.

$4 Eats

Now we’re getting into life’s simple pleasures: iced and hot coffee. Popcorn, assorted candies, apple or orange juice, fruit snacks, and a fruit cup are other options, too. You can also purchase a small cup of Berkey Creamery ice cream!

$5 Eats

At the higher-range range, a Lincoln could warrant you a hot dog, Gatorade, Dippin’ Dots, cotton candy, or a soda.


Now, we get it. Those chicken baskets from football games in Beaver Stadium may be haunting your dreams (they’re $12 at the BJC, by the way), so more expensive options may not be in your budget. But, here are some honorable mentions.

$6+ Eats

  • $10 hoagie with your choice of toppings
  • $6 nachos
  • $6 kettle corn
  • $8 cheese or pepperoni pizza
  • $6 mac and cheese

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