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Your Guide To Eating Cheap At THON 2024

For everyone who intends to last the entirety of THON Weekend, keeping your stomach full is an essential task.

There are numerous concession stands at the Bryce Jordan Center offering a variety of dishes ranging from tomato soup to the classic Penn State chicken basket. While the options are plentiful, not everything is affordable to the average spectator. Those who prefer to ball on a budget will have to settle for the more affordable options.

For everyone who prefers to save a few dollars, we’ve compiled all of the budget-friendly cuisine offered during THON Weekend.

$1 Eats

For fans of the dollar menu, your options are extremely limited at the $1 mark. Offering just a Utz bag of chips, an apple, an orange, and a banana, you’ll need to offer up just a little more money to unlock more options.

$2 Eats

At the $2 mark, we see even fewer options but all the more variety. If you love the signature Chickie and Pete’s crab fries and get them solely for the cheese sauce that comes on the side, you’re in luck. Spectators can purchase a side of the cheese sauce for $2. The only other option at this price point is an Oh Snap! Pickle, which pickle lovers will go crazy for.

$3 Eats

Offering the most variety so far, one could make an entire meal out of the items offered for $3. There’s grilled cheese, its famous sidekick of tomato soup, snack waffles of the chocolate and maple variety, brownies, cookies, and a combination brookie.

For those who opted against bringing a reusable water bottle, you can purchase water to stay hydrated.

$4 Eats

Snacks are the name of the game for $4, with a wide variety of candy available. To offset the sweet, salty options like a soft pretzel and boxed popcorn are available for purchase.

Caffeine lovers can purchase a cup of hot coffee to satisfy their craving and remain awake and active.

$5 Eats

Hot dogs are on the menu, folks. If you are craving this American classic, you can buy one for $5. For dessert, mini containers of Penn State Creamery ice cream are available in flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, and Peachy Paterno. Dippin’ Dots are also available in a variety of flavors.

In addition to the numerous food options unlocked at this price point, drinks like Gatorade, Propel, LIFEWTR, and a regular soda are available.

For Those Who Feel Like Splurging: $6+ Eats

If making it through THON means making it feel like a crisp, fall Saturday in Beaver Stadium, chicken baskets are available for $12. Other premium items include Chickie’s and Pete’s cheesesteak for $12, crab fries for $10, a cheeseburger and fries for $8, and Auntie Anne’s pretzel nuggets for $6.

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Dennis Wilkins

Dennis is a third-year journalism major from Brick, New Jersey. He has a love-hate relationship with every team he roots for, especially the New York Giants. When he's not watching Jack Hughes highlights, he can be found playing golf or listening to music. Direct all complaints to him via email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@denniswilkins27).

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