The Member Services Office desk in the lobby of the Student Centre is where students flock to get discounted tickets and metro passes. PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL

D is for Discounts

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Tuition costs a lot to begin with, so as a university student you will most likely find yourself scrounging for change under couch cushions weekly.

You may even go the “out of sight, out of mind” method and resort to hiding increments of money from yourself around your dorm or apartment in order to save for special occasions or “emergencies”. We can’t promise that these will help you finance your blossoming social life but we can tell you a more efficient way of saving money: take advantage of discounts. In a city with so much to offer one must keep an eye out for deals, although sometimes it will take a bit of searching to find ones that will prove useful. So to save you some time, here are a few to get you started. Aren’t we nice.

Entertainment •At the Art Gallery of Ontario, students can get in for $11 and Wednesdays are free between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. •The Royal Ontario Museum is free every Wednesday between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. •The Ryerson Student Union sells various tickets at their desk in the lobby of the Student Centre, including discount TTC passes, comedy show, ROM, the Science Centre, Wonderland and Cineplex movie tickets, as well as Bixi Bike memberships.

Food •Lou Dawg’s at the corner of Gerrard Street East and Church Street offers a 10 per cent discount for students. •Spring Rolls on Dundas across from the Eaton Centre offers a student discount of 15 per cent. •The McDonald’s in the Atrium on Bay offers a 15 per cent discount to students. Unfortunately, this is the only location we know of that gives the discount. •Take a chance, flash your student card whenever you go out to eat. You may get lucky and find a place that offers a student discount. Another great way to take advantage of discounts is to purchase a Student Price Card (SPC), a card that gives you 10 per cent – 15 per cent discounts at over 100 retailers. It costs $9 and is sold at a variety of stores, the closest to Ryerson campus being Shoppers Drug Mart. It definitely pays for itself with all the discount opportunities it gives you.

Apps that save you money

Bargainmoose This app is geared at Canadians, offering only Canadian deals and discounts. It rates each discount on a heat scale to show their popularity.

Foursquare This app will show you places to grab a bite to eat on a handy map while giving you access to recommendations and reviews. Some of the restaurants listed also offer discounts called “Check-in Specials”.

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