Lions’ Financial: How To Optimize Your Meal Equiv at the Education Cafe

By Padma Radhakrishnan
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Between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, it’s possible to get food and drinks for up to $7.50 in points anywhere on campus… besides Eickhoff, of course. I set out to see if I could make the most of those $7.50 to get a complete meal.
A complete meal, at least for me, is a filling, lunch-sized food portion and a drink.

It's possible to get a delicious and cost-effective lunch at the Ed Building during meal equiv hours. (Photo credit: TCNJ Magazine)
It’s possible to get a delicious and cost-effective lunch at the Ed Building during meal equiv hours. (Photo credit: TCNJ Magazine)

Based on the Education Cafe’s daily menu, here are my suggestions for a lunch that doesn’t exceed your meal equiv limit:

  1. Chicken Salad Sandwich ($4.29) and any drink (under $3.20), such as a 12 ounce caffe latte, 12 ounce cappuccino, or 12 ounce caffe americano
  2. Bagel with cream cheese ($2.39), a fudge brownie ($1.39), and any drink (under $3.70), such as a 12 ounce caffe americano, 16 ounce hot chocolate, or Sobe Lifewater
  3. 12 ounce soup ($2.19), Egg Salad Scoop ($2.39), and any drink (under $2.92), such as 20 ounce water, 20 ounce soda, or 12 ounce tazo hot tea

These aren’t the only options, of course. Keep these general guidelines in mind when grabbing meal equiv at the Education Cafe:

  1. Stick to the bagels and mid-priced sandwiches around $3.00 if you want to have more freedom in choosing your drink and/or dessert.
  2. Your choices are more varied here than in the Library Cafe, and the prices are low enough that you can still order a drink. 
  3. 12 ounce drinks in the Education Cafe tend to be slightly cheaper than the tall drinks in the Library Cafe, even though they’re essentially the same thing. For instance, a tall caffe latte is $3.39 whereas a 12 ounce caffe latte is $3.09. According to Starbucks’ website, a tall beverage is still 12 ounce.

This is the first part in a Lions’ Financial series, where Padma will explain how to get the best bang for your buck during meal equiv at different on-campus dining locations.