With gas prices hovering just below $4 a gallon, and the cost of living becoming steeper and steeper, many Top of Utahns are looking for ways to save money.
Brown-bagging lunch and ordering off the Dollar Menu at fast-food joints are two ways to make cuts to the weekly budget, but with all of our great local eateries, there's no reason to suffer through bad meals to save a buck.
A dollar doesn't buy what it used to -- neither does $5, for that matter -- but to put my money where my mouth is (see what I did there?), I've mapped out a weekly menu for Ogden that will run you less than $20 a week.
You still might not be able to fill your gas tank, but at least you can fill your stomach.
The Sand Trap steak dinner comes with a 6-ounce steak, a salad and your choice of fries or chips.
A bar or pub is the last place I think of when I have steak on the brain, but The Sand Trap has made a name for itself with more than just pitchers of beer and mixed drinks. The menu is filled with great bar-food favorites like wings, burgers and sandwiches; however, it's the Monday steak special that gets it on this list.
Location: The Sand Trap, 2851 Washington Blvd., Ogden
The Lucky Slice is growing in popularity among those looking for a quick pizza fix in the Ogden area. The New York-style slices are easily bigger than two slices from any other pizza joint in town, and the crispy crust and the ingredients are always fresh. Add free water to your lunch and walk away completely satisfied without hurting your wallet one bit.
Bonus: Lucky Slice has a frequent-eater card that gets you a free slice after 10 purchases. Get the trivia question at the cash register right and you get double credits for your next slice.
Location: The Lucky Slice, 200 25th St., Ogden
Price: $2.75 a slice, for one topping
Two-for-one tacos aren't new to many Ogdenites, but there are still those who shy away from the 50-cent tacos downtown on Wednesdays because they're afraid of eating from a food cart. Why? Take it from a kid from South Texas who spent many a summer in Mexico, the tacos you get from Taqueria La Tapatia are not only safe and delicious, but better than anything you will ever eat at Taco Bell or Del Taco.
Bonus: If you don't feel like tacos, order two tamales for $2. The chicken wrapped in masa will fill you up for sure.
Location: Taqueria La Tapatia, 26th Street and Kiesel Avenue, Ogden
Price: Four tacos for $2
Sure, it's just a sandwich (and you are more than capable of making a sandwich at home), but the quality of the ingredients at The Old Grist Mill blow your bologna and Miracle Whip on Wonder Bread out of the water. I like the roast beef on sourdough bread with horseradish sauce. You can tell the bread is baked that morning, the meat is fresh and that extra kick from the sauce makes it so much better.
You can get a full-sandwich combo that comes with chips, a drink and giant cookie for $5.25, or you can more than stay within budget with a homemade sandwich for less than $4.
Location: The Old Grist Mill, 460 2nd St., Ogden
Price: $3.89 for a full sandwich
Rancho Market, a grocery store catering to the local Hispanic community, is the perfect place for lunch because everything you eat comes straight from the shelves. The meat and produce sections are only 50 feet away, and homemade corn and flour tortillas are made on-site. You can order tamales, tacos and other Mexican dishes from the kitchen, but what puts Rancho Market on this list is the carne asada burrito with rice and a salad. It's huge and it's loaded with beans, rice, meat and your choice of veggies.
Bonus: If you don't feel like a burrito, try the tortas (sandwich) for only $4.25.
Location: Rancho Market, 404 Washington Blvd., Ogden