5. Use the dining plan wisely
If you do choose to go with the dining plan, using it wisely can really increase the overall value of the plan. As you probably already know, the more expensive the restaurant or the entrée, the greater the value of the plan. So if you're ever torn between steak or fish, and there's an option that includes both go for the surf and turf. You can also maximize your snack value by purchasing items that are closer to the $4.99 limit with the plan, and paying out of pocket for less expensive items.