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Workshop helps students save money

Workshop helps students save money

January 14
19:44 2013

Olivia Sylvain/ Intern

The Student Money Management Center will host a workshop called Deals for Steals at 5 p.m. today in Wooten Hall to educate students on finding entertainment around the city for affordable prices.

The only workshop of the semester for getting deals will give students information on food and entertainment available at affordable costs in Denton and in the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth area. Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management senior Paul Love, a student assistant at the money management center, and staff will present information on finding deals.

The workshop is targeted to all students and is open for 10-15 students to attend.

“I think the event is important because we’re all college students and we’re all on tight budgets,” Love said. “Deals for Steals is an opportunity to see how to have fun without having to spend a lot of money.”

Rachel Grimes, who works for the center, said this opportunity is helpful for residents new to Denton to learn more about the “free things in the Denton community.”

There are various discounts for students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but many students are uninformed about the resources available to them, Love said.

Certain deals include Cinemark Movie Theatre and the Movie Tavern offer discounted tickets to students on Thursdays. The National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars team also has special offers on tickets with proof of a student ID. And provides a variety of coupons for businesses throughout Denton both online and through their smartphone app.

Love and the center staff will also cover how newsletters such as The Campus Pages and College Guide Magazine have coupons that students can use on food and services such as haircuts and car maintenance.

Love also stressed the importance of students being able to have fun while they are in school instead of not making time for entertainment because they lack the money to do so.

“Being able to actually get out while you’re in school without having to spend an arm and a leg is something that’s beneficial,” Love said. “One of the perks of living in Denton is you have more time to travel and explore as opposed to being a commuter student.”

For students who without time or transportation, restaurants near Fry Street offer student discounts with the show of a student ID. Many businesses offer free memberships where frequent customers earn rewards and text alerts with coupon codes and special offers.

“I like using my discount at Yogurtland on Fry Street,” sophomore Joshlyn Hayden said. “They asked me if I was a student and I got a discount right away.”
Throughout the semester the center provides free money-saving resources to students. Students of all classifications are encouraged to attend the workshop.

Today’s workshop will be followed by the Make Your Refund Last workshop on Jan. 16. The staff will discuss how to make financial aid refunds last until the summer.

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