Is the Flatiron Meal Plan Right for You?
by Danielle Meltz, Student Blogger
The Flatiron Meal Plan is a prepaid dining card that allows student to buy food and groceries from over 100 close-to-campus locations. It’s been the craze lately with a ton of students getting it, but what does a Flatiron Meal Plan really entail? And is it right for you?
The idea behind the Flatiron Meal Plan is that parents can put money on a card knowing that it is going towards food, groceries, and now gas or laundry too. It takes away the hassle of withdrawal or transfer charges when students are running low on money and are desperate for a meal.
For students who pay for food themselves, it comes in handy too. The Flatirons plan is more than just a debit card for food. It has exclusive deals making buying food more cost efficient. Every week one restaurant on the Flatiron plan is 25% off. (Sneak peak, next week’s deal is Foolish Craig’s one of the best breakfast places in Boulder)
There are STEALS too, which are random flash deals throughout the semester. In the past they have had free subs at Half Fast Subs, or $1 Rush Bowls.
How does the actual Plan work?
When putting money onto the card, you can choose the custom plan and decide to put as much as you want. Or, you can choose a plan which is an estimate of how much food will be spent per week.
The different plans are just an easier way for students to estimate that if they want 7 meals per week, at $7.5 a meal, meaning their parents can start them off at $735. If you buy a slice of Boss Lady Pizza for $4, it will just take $4 off of your card since it operates like a debit card.
Getting a Flatirons card in 5 easy steps
1) Go online to http://www.flatironmealplan.com/signup.html
2) Choose whether you want to pay with credit card or check
3) Fill in your information and how much you want to put onto your card
4) Pick up your photo ID card from their office on the Hill (1310 College Avenue Suite 475)
5) Test it out on the hill on your way home
Plans to allow parents to estimate how much to put on the card each semester
|18 meals a week
|14 meals a week
|10 meals a week
|7 meals a week
|5 meals a week
|3 meals a week
Fall advice- If you start your card at $525 or more, before you September 30th
, you will receive $250 in exclusive deals and coupons.
The Flatiron Meal Plan also keeps the money you’ve put on it till you use it all, the same as a regular debit card works. With over 90 restaurants, two grocery stores, a gas station and a laundry mat, it’s no wonder more students are jumping onto the Flatiron meal plan.
After looking into the flatiron meal plan, I am definitely looking into getting one. As anyone who tries to balance school, a job, and clubs will know, cooking isn’t exactly something you always have time for. And having discounts to make food cheaper is always a benefit to a starving college student such as myself.
September 26th, 2014