Good times don’t always mean high prices

Being broke sucks. Not being able to have fun sucks even more.

But, do not despair-having no dinero doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doomed to boredom.

Close attention to deals and a thrifty eye can ensure a good time at low cost.

Lets talk food, shall we?

Every Tuesday, as many U students know, B&D Burgers offers its famous burgers for just $1. Fighting crowds of high-schoolers is well worth the effort-hungry U students are rewarded with delicious and inexpensive food. B&D can be found at the bottom of campus, a block west of Presidents Circle.

Always on the lookout for cheap pizza, I think I have found the most inexpensive place in town: a restaurant called Flogamoggers at 700 E. 470 South.

This joint offers big slices of pizza for 75 cents every day from noon until 4 p.m. I like this place because it won’t break your wallet and it’s connected to an Italian ice cream shop named Fendall’s.

Another really good-and I mean really good-place to eat and get a good meal for half of what it should cost is The Soup Kitchen in Sugar House. This place is a classic home-run soup shack where you can consume a cup of soup for $2 and all the breadsticks you can eat for free. The breadsticks are really thick and soft and there are three different types from which to choose. The best soup is the tomato. Check out The Soup Kitchen near 1100 E. 2000 South in Sugar House.

When you’ve eaten your fill and can no longer walk, you can go to see Pure Movement at Kingsbury Hall. Pure Movement is a modern hip-hop and break-dancing performance that costs $30 for the public and only $8 for U students. Go see it on March 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.

For those not interested in food or dance, it may be worth noting that there are also several ways of saving money while skiing.

One is to get around paying full price for costly lift tickets.

If you just want to spend an hour playing around for free, Alta is the place for you. Every day from 3 to 4:30 pm, you can ski on Alta’s lift from the Albion Base Lodge all the way up the canyon, no charge.

If you want to try your hand at snowboarding, but don’t have the cash to support a full-blown board-bum lifestyle, I suggest you try the bunny slopes at Snowbird on Monday, Wednesday and Friday-also free.

If you want more than just a beginner’s slope, though, you’re going to have to pay for it.

The best way not to get tricked into paying full price is to head up to Brighton, where you can go night skiing for $16. On Wednesdays it’s 2-for-1, so bring a friend.

No matter where you go skiing or boarding, you can rent an entire package from the Outdoor Recreation Program on campus for just $12.

With all this new snow, even those who don’t ski or snowboard should be able to get out off their arses and do something other than complain. Snowshoeing is really relaxing and doesn’t require too much gear.

A close area to explore with well-maintained trails is Millcreek Canyon at 3800 S. Wasatch Blvd. The different trails that leave from the main area range from just more than one mile to six miles in length. Enjoy and feel free to bring your dog with you. In fact, your dog doesn’t even need to be leashed on odd-numbered days of the month-don’t ask me why.

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