The Best App for Finding Deals on Campus


It’s really been a crazy week getting back into the swing of things! Classes at the University of Illinois have officially started. I forgot just how exhausting it is when you spend all day on campus going from class to class.

Now that I’m not living in the dorms or participating in a meal plan, I’m on my own in terms of feeding myself. Sometimes my busy schedule doesn’t allow me to come back to my apartment in between classes to grab a meal. Even though I can easily pack a lunch, sometimes I just want to pick something up on campus.

I also try to meet up with different friends during my longer breaks and sometimes we may want to grab coffee or a snack. Unfortunately, being on a college budget restricts the amount of times I can eat out. As someone who enjoys finding good deals, I found the perfect solution for saving money on eating out! I wanted to share this awesome app with all of you that has tons of great deals for the various places on campus.

Hooked is a food app that streams a live feed of exclusive deals at restaurants on campus. It doesn’t have every campus, so be sure to check if yours is one of them.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 1.40.08 PM

Once you download the app and enter your school, simply scroll through the feed to find the different deals. If you find a deal that you want to use, just select and show it when you go to pay. It works just the same as a regular coupon because you pay the business directly (not via the Hooked app).

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 1.38.21 PM

I was just scrolling through my feed now and how can you pass up buy one get on 50% off on froyo and free small fries from Mcdonald’s?

IMG_0635 IMG_0634

It’s a great app and now I can get deals whenever I eat out so I can save a bit of cash. Be sure to check it out and see if Hooked is on your campus!


5 Cheap Eats Near University of Pittsburgh


U Pitt Basics

An awesome university set in a fantastically dynamic city the University of Pittsburgh is nestled in Oakland, one of the classic neighborhoods typical to the city of Pittsburgh. The university has a student body of around 25,000 students with 10,000 staff and faculty to support them. Pittsburgh is widely renowned in the world of medicine and the largest hospital in the region, UPMC, is near the university so there are tons of people looking for good food at reasonable prices.

Great Neighborhoods

Pittsburgh is well known for its diverse neighborhoods all around, they make up the basis of a forward moving town with numerous universities and corporations. These neighborhoods are all pretty close together in a town full of bluffs, tunnels and bridges so it’s pretty easy to locate and get to a number of great places to eat. These dining establishments can range from cheap to really expensive, with a wide range of menus so even the pickiest eater can find something to fill them up!

Check These Eateries

Okay, so we have established there are tons of places to grab a bite, including your typical nationwide chains, some of which are better than others. However, these dining places are exclusive to Pittsburgh, holes in the walls and more typical restaurants, all doing a decent job of putting food in front of you at a reasonable cost:


  • Lulus Noodles: this is one of the best known and happening eating locations in the Oakland neighborhood. Good selection, cheap prices make everyone happy.
  • Pamela’s:Β  go early because they are only open for breakfast and lunch but boy do they excel at those!
  • Union Grill: outstanding location to give you the food you love in huge portions so take your best appetite.
  • Original Hot Dog Shop: you know what they are serving here, great dogs and heaping mounds of fantastic fries!
  • Primanti Brothers: those of you who watch Food Network may be familiar with this place, pretty famous for a special sandwich only they serve.


Alright, there you go, no excuse not to eat well during your time in Pittsburgh! Of course there are many other restaurants to try but if you are a student or traveling on a budget these five are a great place to start!