4. Decide if the dining plan will be worth it for you
The dining plan is worth it if you would end up spending more out of pocket for food than what the plan costs. Figuring this out can take some time, but it's actually quite easy. Look up some menus and estimate what you and your family would be spending on food from those locations, add in some extra for snacks and compare this amount with the cost of the plan. Once you've done this, simply choose the cheaper option.