Aside from writing the occasional freelance article, I am completely unemployed. Unless you’ve been in those well-worn shoes for some amount of time, you don’t know how hard it can be to get by.
Everything costs money, and Temple is just one of many corporations that have no problem taking yours.
So as a “hep cat” just trying to survive, you have to work with the bare necessities.
To quote a beloved fast food restaurant: “You gotta eat.” That’s my philosophy, too — at least until I get a half-decent job.
Since last semester’s Lunch Truck Awards article in the Temple News is still a fine reference to the best campus food, I won’t go into where to eat when you’ve only got a few bucks in your pocket.
But there is one place that somehow failed to be mentioned in that particular TN run-down: Tastykake Thrift Outlet.
Located in Progress Plaza (1501 N. Broad Street), the Thrift Outlet sells a wide assortment of goods for 40 percent to 70 percent off the regular price.
You could by your French Apple Pie at the 7-11, but you’d be spending at least 50 cents more for it. That’s money you could spend on cigarettes and alcohol!
Even cooler is Wednesday’s “Temple Day.” Show your ID to the cashier and they’ll take an extra 10 percent off. It’s the perfect opportunity to get 10 pies, 12 iced cupcakes, nine full-sized donuts, a classic crumb cake and a huge box of mini donuts for $3.57.
Sure, Progress Plaza isn’t as “modern” as the Student Center, but the former isn’t afraid to give you a true deal. With Payless Shoe Source, Popeye’s and Dollar World, it’s the perfect shopping center for the eternally broke.
Still, despite Helen’s Wig Fashions’ Convenience, no store feels as magical as Tastykake Thrift Outlet.
Everyone raves about Philadelphia’s cheese steaks, but Tastykake’s heavenly treats are the real pride of this city. Go ahead and indulge.