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1. Free disc golf
Also known as Frisbee Golf or Frolf, Columbians can choose from among three courses and play anytime, in any weather. One round takes about two hours depending on skill and walking pace. The Web site has information about location, description and restroom availability.
2. Free movies on campus
Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union, MU
Forget paying for tickets at the movie theater and head to MU’s Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union for free movies such as “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” The site stufftodo.missouri.edu has full showtime listings.
3. Hikes at Devil’s Icebox
Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, 5901 S. Missouri 163
Here’s a great outdoor activity for springtime. Wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes if you plan to venture off the boardwalk and into the cave. It costs nothing to walk around, or you can take a cave tour today through May 16 for about $25.
4. Cheap date at Generic Nightclub
Bar on Broadway, 1025 E. Broadway
On Thursday nights, Generic Nightclub is the best and cheapest place to dance in Columbia. The club caters to those ages 18 and up, and there is no cover before 10 p.m. Combine that with drink specials like $1 wells and you’re set. Generic is located above The Penguin Piano Dueling Piano Bar.
5. Bargain concerts downtown
The Blue Fugue, 120 S. Ninth St.
The Blue Fugue is a live music venue that’s open six days a week. For $5 to $8 you can stand, sit or dance to a local band, DJ or rapper. Most nights the venue is open to all ages.
6. Great deal on breakfast
Ernie’s Cafe & Steak House, 1005 E. Walnut St.
The No. 11 breakfast combo is the best deal on a menu of great deals. You get two eggs; bacon, sausage or veggie sausage; hash browns; French toast or a stack of pancakes for $6.72.
7. Pancake platter for under $7
Lucy’s Corner Cafe, 522 E. Broadway
According to Lucy, the best deal on the menu is the pancake platter with two large hotcakes, two eggs, hash browns and sausage, bacon or ham for $6.60.
8. Super stretch at the diner
Broadway Diner, 22 S. Fourth St.
The stretch is the most popular deal on the menu. It is a combination of hash browns, chili, cheese, eggs, peppers and onions. A super stretch is $6.50.
9. Waffles, eggs, sausage and more
Waffle House, 2701 S. Providence Road
The all-star breakfast is huge. A waffle, two eggs, sausage or ham and toast is only $7.15. You can also substitute biscuits and gravy for the waffle.
10. Lunch for 5 bucks
Subway, multiple locations
Get $5 foot-long subs at all Subway locations until the end of April. Subway also offers subs-of-the-day deals.
11. Soup and sandwich for $5.75
Uprise Bakery, 816 E. Broadway
Get Uprise’s signature sandwiches on a roll instead of bread and a cup of soup for $5.75.
12. Sandwiches for $3.99
Pickleman’s, 2513 S. Old 63
Turkey, ham, veggie and pizza sandwiches all cost $3.99. Add a 21-ounce drink for $1.39.
13. Half-price burgers
Boone Tavern & Restaurant, 811 E. Walnut St.
All gourmet burgers are half-priced on Sundays from 4 to 10 p.m., which means Boone Burgers are only $3.
A topping bar lets diners choose what exactly goes on their burgers.
14. Free wings and nachos
Gauchos, 10 E. Southampton Drive
On Tuesday nights, free nachos and wings are served.
15. 99-cent dinner specials
Fazoli’s, 1114 I-70 Drive S.W.
Every Tuesday night, kids’ meals cost $1.
16. Unlimited trips to the grill
HuHot Mongolian Grill, 3802 Buttonwood Drive
You get unlimited trips through the Mongolian barbecue where you choose the meat, veggies and sauce plus soup and salad for $11.49.
17. Chinese for a buck
China Kitchen, 503 E. Nifong Blvd.
Egg rolls are $1 apiece, and a small chicken dinner is $4.25.
18. Cheap pizza from Shakespeare’s
Shakespeare’s Pizza, 3304 Broadway Business Park Court
Bake Columbia’s trademark pizza at home. Buy a large dough ball for $1, a sauce cup for $2 and toppings for $2.50 each. Take it home and serve your own Shakespeare’s pizza for $5.50.
19. $21 feeds a crowd
Domino’s Pizza, 3102 Green Meadows Way
Entertaining a large crowd for dinner? Domino’s offers a large Brooklyn-style pizza with one topping, plus another one-topping large pizza, plus cinna sticks for $20.99.
20. Pizza and Bud for $8
Gumby’s Pizza of Columbia, 1201 E. Broadway
This is a great deal if you carry-out or dine in. A large one-topping pizza is $6.99 and pints of Budweiser products are a buck. Add medium pokie sticks for $3.
21.Take-and-bake pizza for $4.99
Papa Murphy’s Take & Bake Pizza, 3103 W. Broadway
You get to watch them make it, then you take it home and bake it. A large one-topping pizza $6.99, and the thin-crust pepperoni is $4.99.
22. Discount martinis on Mondays
Quinton’s Deli & Bar, 124 S. Ninth St.
On Monday nights, martinis are $2.75 with daily specials.
23. Cut out the cover
The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar, 1025 E. Broadway
No cover on Wednesdays or Thursdays, and no cover for ladies on Fridays. Other than being just another bar, the Penguin brings in piano players weekly to play whatever is requested. Wednesdays $12 tophats.
24. Two-for-one ice cream cones
Cold Stone Creamery, 904 Elm St.
Buy one cone and get another for a quarter every Tuesday night. The deal targets college students with a valid ID.
25. Two bills for homemade treats
Coffee Zone, 11 N. Ninth St.
Find a variety of desserts from coffee cake to cheesecake and baklava. Cookies and scones run $1.50 to $2.