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The Fine Arts Center  a perfect study break.
  • The Fine Arts Center a perfect study break.

Every student needs a break. While student discounts can sometimes be fleeting, here's a list of 10 of the best deals around:

1. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

If you need a quiet study break a dose of culture or--more likely--have an assignment, the Fine Arts Center is eager to help students out. All students get $2 off the $5 admission fee. Those with a valid Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado College or UCCS ID get in free.

2. Car insurance

Nothing can eat up funds while you're in school quite like a car. Most insurance companies offer student discounts, though they vary, depending on when you sign up and your driving record. Many can also require a minimum GPA to qualify for a markdown. But the savings can be dramatic -- as much as 40 percent even with a spotty driving record. It's definitely worth the headache of shopping around for a half-hour or so.

3. Montage Salon and Spa

The perfect place to pamper yourself after a rough exam or a hectic finals week. The Montage Salon and Spa offers a 10 percent discount on all services for full-time students with valid ID.

4. The Denver Post

Every September, representatives from the Denver Post visits registration at local schools offering subscription deals for students. While they keep their rates under raps until registration day, last year a daily subscription was just $5 a semester.

5. Running stores

The most generous student discount at local running stores is exclusively for Colorado College students, where all students can save 20 percent on their purchases at the Colorado Running Company. However, student athletes from all schools can save 20 percent at the Colorado Running Company and the Boulder Running Company. Student athletes can save 15 percent at Runners' Roost.

6. Gyms

Keeping your butt in shape can be cheaper for those pursuing a higher education. World Gym, like most other private clubs, has membership rates that vary from week to week (one recent quote indicated a student could save about $100 per month off the usual nearly $200 membership due). The YMCA offers a special young adult rate for 19- to 25-year-olds: only $28 per month with a $51 start-up fee vs. their usual fees of $39 and $75 respectively.

7. Banking

Most local banks are eager to bribe students into becoming lifelong customers and offer some pretty enticing deals. First Bank and Wells Fargo both offer special student account packages that include perks like free checking and ATM and check cards. Wells Fargo also has a special exclusively for Colorado College students who sign up for their College Combo account: a free two-for-one pass to Winter Park.

8. Car repair

Attempts to find a car-repair place that had a student discount set in stone were fruitless; however, several mechanics say they are willing to work something out. So, bring your student ID and some tough negotiating skills and you could find your car fixed for less than the average Joe.

9. Plays

Most local performances offer student discounts and students can even get in free to most on-campus venues at PPCC, CC and UCCS.

10. Movie Theaters

The classic student discount is on the wane. Carmike 10 doesn't have one and Kimball's Twin Peak Theater recently chucked theirs. However, the two local giants--Cinemark 16 and Tinseltown--still offer a dollar off to anyone with a valid ID. Not much comfort for movies that are regularly $7.50, but a definite perk.

--Lola Garcia

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