Man pays off student loan and buys a house by eating all his meals at theme park

A millennial engineer paid off his student loan, bought a house and got married with the money he saved eating lunch and dinner at a theme park.

California graduate and life genius Dylan, 33, paid just $150 (£110) a year for unlimited visits to Six Flags Magic Mountain near LA.

That paid for parking, two meals a day and entry to the huge theme park, where Dylan proceeded to eat lunch and dinner most days for more than seven years.

He told Mel Magazine : “You can pay around $150 for unlimited, year-round access to Six Flags, which includes parking and two meals a day.

"If you time it right, you could eat both lunch and dinner there every day.”

After beginning an internship nearby in 2014, he could see the peaks of the huge coasters from his office window.

Not planning to save money at first, Dylan used to stop off at Magic Mountain to eat lunch and dinner for the thrill of it.

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He explained: “That entire first year, I don’t think I ever went to the grocery store.

“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.”

But it wasn't all positives for Dylan, whose heart and waistline took a knock during the early avalanche of fried, starchy trash food.

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Dylan said: “The first year, the menu was kind of lame — all you could get was a burger and fries, or a pizza and breadsticks, or this pathetic sandwich and a refillable soda cup.

"They’ve got decent options now – stuff like tri-tip sandwiches and vegan options like blackbean burgers and meatless meatball subs.

“I stay away from the snacks and stick to healthier options — there’s a pretty decent carne asada salad, so I usually do that now.

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"They also have a chipotle chicken salad that’s pretty good, too.”

Dylan's wife doesn't eat at the park nearly as often as he does.

Dylan explained: “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 has, therefore, taken down his Six Flags obsession a notch.

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Still, he total number of meals he has eaten at the park numbers around 2,000.

He added he won't be going too far, though.

Dylan said: “We just bought a house here, so I’m not really going anywhere.

“As long as they keep changing the menu, I’m happy.”

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