I get what I enjoy eating, which is usually no where close to the most expensive item on the menu; however, we "splurge" by getting desserts, which we wouldn't normally do. It's been worth it to us to get the dining plan because we've done a good number of character meals, and the kids are all still kids. Once the kids aren't Disney kids anymore, I'll reconsider the dining plan. So, while I want to get "bang for my buck", I try to make sure that the bang is worth it the way we'd normally eat. If that makes sense.