I’m sure many, if not all, of you know what trick turning is by now. Everyone knows that we have a decent allowance for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I didn’t realize how much it really is until I read the figures. So, for those of you who don’t know, we have about $5.50 for breakfast, $8.70 for lunch, and $10.80 for dinner. This means you have about $25 you can spend at Hodgdon. That’s $50 per day (!!) between you and your roommate!
This is most certainly something you should make use of as a freshman with an unlimited meal plan. Think of it like phone minutes that don’t rollover: you’ve paid for them, but if you don’t use them, they go away. Something I recently leaned is that you can combine quotas with a friend. So if you’re a few cents over, but your friend has yet to reach his or her limit, you can combine your meals so that your friend covers you. This is especially helpful if its someone’s birthday. You can easily trick turn a cake between three people during lunch, and between two people during dinner. This also means that if you’re off campus for a day and need a packed meal, you can combine your lunch and dinner swipes to increase your allowance.
Something else I found out recently is that trick turning isn’t the best for getting snacks — it’s actually much more efficient to buy food from Hodgdon. For example, you have to spend $3 of your allowance at Hodgdon on a Clif bar, but they sell for $1 at Jumbo-To-Go in the Campus Center. What I’ve found is that it’s better to get take-out food from Hodgdon rather than prepackaged snacks. However, I’m not telling you to not get snacks, you should get them if you want to. After all, they’re free!
Having said that, trick turning can a lifesaver. There will come those times (if they haven’t come already), when you have so much work to do that you can’t take a lunch break, or you want to eat and study at the same time, but Dewick and Carm are too loud. What do you do? Well, the answer is to trick turn. Getting food from Hodgdon to eat in your room is actually a much better prospect than it sounds. You don’t have to sit alone in the dinning halls and you get the silence and comfort of your own room when you need to sit down and crank out that paper or study for that midterm.
So, don’t think of trick turning only as a way to get free food, but also as an alternative to the dinning halls and as a way to help you study. Oh, and don’t forget, it’s a fantastic way to get free mixers!