Heavy homework and terror teachers aside, there are lots of things that get students excited about going back to school, from discovering your calling in the hallowed halls of the academe to discovering the hottest heartthrobs your campus has to offer. Here's another thing we know you'll be looking forward to: that age-old tradition of barkada bonding over budget-friendly treats that, thankfully, won't eat into your entire week's allowance.
You'll have plenty of options for chowing on the cheap this back-to-school season. Check out these 15 affordable snacks and meals that give just the right bang for your buck.
Chowking puts a spin on the traditional mantao bun and stuffs it with Chinese fillings, sautéed vegetables, and some lip-smacking Chinese Sweet Soy-based sauce to give birth to its latest snack: the Chowking Chow Pao. It comes in four yummy variants: Chinese Sausage, Chinese Sausage Special, Braised Chicken, and Chunky Beef. It's a budget-friendly snack meal that costs only P25 to P49 pesos.
Dripping with the sweet-style spaghetti sauce that Pinoys love, the Jollibee Spaghetti is filled with chunky slices of ham and sausage, loaded with ground beef, served over premium quality noodles, and topped with lots of cheese. From P57, an order of Jollibee Spaghetti with regular drink is now only P49, while the Jollibee Spaghetti with a Regular Yum and regular soft drink is now P75 from P85. Delicious and filling yet easy on the pocket, the Jollibee Spaghetti with 1-piece Chickenjoy and regular soft drink is now priced at P105 from P109.
Have a little more moolah to spare? Bring your friends and family to 4 Fingers Crispy Chicken at the ground floor of SM City North Edsa, where you can munch on choice chicken treats for less than P200 per head. Choose from a selection including Crispy Chicken Wings, Chicken Burger, Chicken Chops, Chicken Drumsticks, Battered Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Katsu Sandwich, French Fries, Rice Boxes, and Chicken Wrap. Just for kicks, have your barkada photo taken with the restaurant's graffiti wall as your background.
Here's a refreshing bonus! NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto now offers its latest Nestea Peach Iced Tea variant to the market, perfect for hustling students who want a quick thirst-quencher. It comes in handy iced tea capsules that you don't have to stir or shake; just pop, lock, and plunge in the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto multi-beverage machine. Flip the lever on your machine to blue to enjoy your drink cold. Need a stronger energy boost? Choose a coffee capsule instead for an instant caffeine fix.