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Eat on the Cheap: How to Save Money on Food in College

Food can eat up a lot of a college student's budget, whether it's on the meal plan, extra snacks to keep you going for those all-nighters, or dinner out with friends.

TODAY Financial Editor Jean Chatzky suggests using your class schedule as a guide when deciding which type of meal plan is best.

"The key is to not overbuy or underbuy meals," she says.

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Sure, you've gotta eat, but watch here for tips on how to do it on the cheap. Your wallet — or your parents' wallet — will thank you.

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