Being a broke person sucks, but being a broke person who loves food is even worse. The worst part about being a crazy foodie is that food is expensive. Especially in Calgary. And if you're a bougie foodie like me and the value menu at McDonald's doesn't cut it - you probably find yourself in a dilemma quite often. A hangry dilemma.

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I learned the hard way that spending $15 - $20 per meal almost every day will cause your chequing account to eventually file for divorce... and your savings account will do the same... and don't even get me started on my credit card... he ghosted on me and changed his number. I'm sure most of you are thinking "stop eating out." Which all of us foodies have heard time and time again. But one cannot possibly tell a foodie to stop "eating out."

I'm here to tell you not to stop eating out but to start eating smart. The goal is to get a good amount of food and food that'll fill you up for almost half the price so you won't be spending the equivalent of a tank of gas every single day on food. Whether you're a broke and busy student or just don't want to spend a bunch of money on food anymore, Calgary has so many options that'll get you delicious food without having to sell your soul to pay for it.

NOTE: Prices do not include tax.

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Peter's Drive-In // 219 16th Ave NE

What you can get with $9:

  • 1 Single Cheeseburger, 1 Small Fries, and a Fountain Drink
  • Peter's Milkshake and Onion Rings
  • Hot Dog, Fountain Drink and an Ice Cream Cone

Dickens Pub // 1000 9 Ave SW

What you can get with $9:

  • 8" Pizza with 2 toppings.
  • "Fry Bar" Fries
  • Chicken Bites

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Juliet's Castle Sports Lounge // 440 16th Ave NE

What you can get with $9:

  • 16 perogies and a fountain drink
  • 10 - 20 wings and an alcoholic beverage (prices vary) - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday.
  • Chicken fingers and fries

Watchman's Pub & Eatery // 1109 17th Ave SW

What you can get with $9:

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Blue Star Diner // 809 1 Ave NE

What you can get with $9:

  • Thai Curried Yam Bowl and Garlic Toast
  • Single Pancake, Farm-Fresh Egg, 1/2 Avocado or Grapefruit
  • Dirty or House Cut Fries

Swigs Pub & Grill // 11213 30 St SW

What you can get with $9:

  • Daily Soup and 2 slices of Garlic Toast
  • Poutine with 1-2 non-meat add-ons.
  • Chippers, Basket o' Fries or Onion Rings

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Kanpai Sushi // 110-1414 8th St SW

What you can get with $9:

  • Miso Soup and House Green Salad
  • Nigiri Sushi
  • Steamed Shrimp Dumplings and Miso Soup

Limericks Traditional Public House // 7304 Macleod Trail S

What you can get with $9:

  • Big Pub Breakfast
  • Rosemary hashbrowns, 2 pieces of toast, 3 pieces of bacon, 1 egg
  • Fries, Gravy and Dip

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Double Zero Pizza // 100 - 751 4 St SW

Second Location: Chinook Centre

What you can get with $9:

($5 Happy Hour on Monday-Friday from 3-6pm)

  • Calamari and a Virgin Lemonade
  • "00" Meatballs and a fountain drink
  • Fried Purple Potatoes and a San Pellegrino Soda

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Cibo // 1012 17 Ave SW

What you can get with $9:

  • Bruschett
  • Arancini
  • $5 Happy Hour Pizza (3-5pm)

Pho Huong Viet // 1829 Ranchlands Blvd NW

Second Location: 3855 17 Ave SW

What you can get with $9:

  • Beef or Chicken Pho
  • Beef & Chicken Vietnamese Sub
  • Wonton Soup

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