4. Substitute Drinks
Just as desserts can be substituted, so can beverages. If you aren’t in the mood for soda—or if you are at the hotel and can use the Rapid Refill mug that comes with the dining plan—ask for a side in place of the soft drink.
There are often side choices that are perfectly suitable as snacks later in the day, meaning you get a meal and a snack with a single meal credit. Additionally, that extra side may allow you to split a meal with someone else, thereby giving you the option to save the other meal credit later.