Man's Incredibly Sneaky Hack Allows Him to Eat All His Meals for the Year for Just $150

Everyone seems to have their own hacks when it comes to saving money—especially as a young adult. From apps to coupon clipping to cashback reward cards, consumers have choices when it comes to pinching pennies.

One man in California came up with a hack to save money that is especially creative—and fun.

A man, only identified as Dylan, told MEL magazine that in 2014 he started using Six Flags Great Adventure's Meal Pass for his daily meals.

"You can pay around $150 for unlimited, year-round access to Six Flags, which includes parking and two meals a day," he told the outlet. "If you time it right, you could eat both lunch and dinner there every day."

He started this tradition as an intern when his offices were just a few short minutes away from the park—he could see the coasters from his window.

"That entire first year, I don't think I ever went to the grocery store," he said. "I timed it so I was able to go there during my lunch break, go back to work, then stop back for dinner on my way home."

After doing this for seven years, Dylan has paid off his student loans, bought a house and got married.

Six Flags Magic Mountain near Los Angeles offers various options when it comes to season passes and extra add-ons for enthusiastic park goers.

A two-meal season dining pass is offered for $109.99 and comes with two meals, a snack and drinks for each visit—with taxes and fees it adds up to just over $122 per year.

The 2022 season passes, which start now and last for the entire 2022 season are listed as $94.99 which grants visitors unlimited access to the park and Hurricane Harbor, the water park, as well as parking. This pass, though, does not include the dining pass which needs to be purchased separately.

Day passes start at $45 per person.

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One man in California found he could spend around $150 a year on food if he ate his meals primarily at his local Six Flags amusement park. Six Flags Magic Mountain was closed as the coronavirus spread across the United States on March 14, 2020 in Valencia, California. Rich Fury/Getty Images

Dylan said during the first year the options were mostly standard carnival food: Pizza, burgers or "a pathetic sandwich." After the first year he "pulled back" on his meal frequency, eating three or four lunches at the park during the week.

"My wife moved in and I stopped doing dinners—and weekends, too, since she's not as big into roller coasters as I am," he told MEL.

He says now though, the options have expanded.

For people who are not thrill seekers, or who prefer to get their food in more conventional ways, Chris Dong, a reporter at The Points Guy, told Newsweek in an email that he recommends what he calls the "50 percent rule.

"When it comes to food delivery services and apps, I use a 50 percent rule, meaning I'll add 50 percent to the actual cost of the items," Dong said. "There are delivery fees, service fees, taxes, and tip that can quickly increase the cost of takeout or even grocery delivery. So the takeaway here is that if you're ordering out, try to pick up from the restaurant and for groceries, shop at the store."

He also added that if a large portion of someone's budget goes toward dining out, it is helpful to use a rewards credit card that offers a category bonus on food-related purchases.