By Dejanique Calloway, reporter


Dining out is convenient but can be expensive, and busy students on a budget need fast, convenient meals without breaking the bank.

“I spend about $80 on an entire meal for two children and two adults,” says PPCC work-study, Susan Knight.

“Do you know how expensive it is to dine out with three children?” Says PPCC student Travis Hollingsworth. “Even if we all get $5 boxes, it adds up.”

In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that households spend an average of $3,008 per year on dining out, and some spend more.

“I never cook!” says Maria Luna, a student at PPCC’s Centennial Campus. “I have so much homework, I’d rather just buy something that’s ready to eat.”

Whether you have children or not, you can enjoy a meal away from home several days of the week on a student budget in Colorado Springs without draining your pockets.

For those looking to enjoy good food at a low cost with children:



Texas Roadhouse: Kids 12 and under eat for .99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 4:00-10:00 p.m. (Warning: Not recommended for those with peanut allergies.)



Applebees: Kids 12 and under eat for 99 cents all day


Captain D’s: Kids 12 and under eat for .99 per adult meal. (2 kids per adult, no coupons). Dine in Only.


Steak N Shake: Kids eat FREE Saturdays and Sundays per $9 spent on an adult meal. Dine-in Only.

Dickey’s Barbeque: Kids eat FREE every Sunday per adult purchase of $10 or more. Dine-in Only.


Also for those of you looking to dine out without children, several restaurants offer great happy hour deals:

Chili’s Bar and Grill: Enjoy $5- 7 appetizers and drinks throughout the lounge and bar; Monday – Friday 3-7 p.m. and 9-2 a.m.

Old Chicago: Stop by any day of the week for $3 – $6 food and drinks between 3 – 7 p.m. and 10-2 a.m.

Life for students is expensive, but enjoying a meal away from home doesn’t have to be.


Deja Calloway at