Using your Blugold for Bargains in College

Finding exclusive student discounts around Eau Claire

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Roy’s Barber Shop and Estilo Salon are two of four businesses on Water Street that offer hair cutting and styling services to students for a discounted price.

It’s a small piece of plastic, usually used to get some books and food, all while adorning that clearly flawless headshot.

A Blugold ID is a student’s all-access pass to college life. It opens opportunities to a variety of places and events, which are only available for a few years, so why not take advantage of them?

Sure, an ID can be used for cheaper tickets to games and concerts on campus, but there is also a plethora of bargains all across the city that UW-Eau Claire students are eligible for. From discounts at restaurants, to memberships, to automotive services, deals are everywhere.

Here’s what can be found just on Water Street:

. Roy’s Barber Shop – $2 off a haircut.

. Estilo Salon – 10% off your purchase.

. Saxy Salon – 10% off your purchase.

. Anytime Fitness – Discounts on monthly membership.

. Disc Golf 365 – 10% off your purchase.

. The Tannery – Up to 65% off tanning and spray tanning packages for new members with coupon available at the store.

. Hairbenders – 30% off any service with coupon available at the store.

. Mona Lisa – Buy a pizza, salad or appetizer, get the second one 50% between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Jen Humblet, owner of The Tannery and Hairbenders, likes to give these offers to students because she enjoys student customers and the high energy they bring. She said they have great attitudes and does this as a thank you to her customers.

“We are the tanning headquarters for the university,” Humblet said. “We value our clients. We want to show our appreciation.”

Anytime Fitness manager, Ben Foss, said he does it to ease some of the burdens that come with college life.

“It’s to give them a break,” Foss said. “They have enough on their plate already.”

However, Water Street isn’t the only place in Eau Claire for Blugolds to find deals. Sometimes adventuring off campus has its perks.

Here are the deals around Eau Claire:

. Pomp’s Tire – 10% off your purchase.

. Mighty Muffler Automotive Service – Oil change and tire rotation $29.95.

. Wagner’s Lanes – Buy one game, get one game free.

. China Buffet – 10% off your meal.

. Sammy’s Pizza – $3 off pizza and $6 lunch special.

. Stella Blues – Buy one appetizer, sandwich, or dessert, get the second one 50% between 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

. Action City – two hours of unlimited play on Tuesdays for $10.

. YMCA – Monthly passes $32 instead of $50.

. Charlotte Russe – 10% off until September 29th.

. Jo-Ann Fabrics – 10% off entire purchase.

The time at Eau Claire is short for most people. Take advantage of these offers because they won’t always be around. Just remember to not leave the ID at home.