Summer Savings in Milwaukee

The beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum, the perfect location for a fun summer day!

If you’re spending the summer in Milwaukee, you’ll also be spending money in Milwaukee. You’ll have much more free time, and filling those hours can be expensive. Here are 9 ideas to help you save a little green this summer and beyond!

1. Any cinema lover worth their salt has been to a movie at the Oriental Theatre. But did you know that they have discounts for students? You can save $2 on admission at any time if you show your student ID. This deal is also valid at the Oriental’s sister theater, the Downer Theatre.

2. Take advantage of cheap tacos. Bel-Air Cantina has $2 tacos on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Order three, and you’ll get a complimentary order of rice and beans. And even though Taco Tuesday is their most popular deal, they have other specials that can help you save money. Mondays are 25% off burritos, making it easy to fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.

3. If you want to feel more cultured, take advantage of free days offered at Milwaukee museums. The Milwaukee Art Museum is free the first Thursday of every month for all visitors. The Milwaukee Public Museum offers free general admission for county residents on the first Thursday of every month as part of the “Thank You Thursday Program”. (As a Marquette student, you qualify as a Milwaukee County resident!) The Mitchell Park Conservatory (more commonly known as “The Domes”) offers free admission to Milwaukee County residents every Monday from 9am-12pm. All of these locations also offer students discounts on non-free days.

4. Download the Belly app. Belly is a loyalty rewards program used by all different kinds of businesses. When you enter a business that uses Belly, the business will have a tablet that you “check in” with. With a few visits, you’ll have earned rewards unique to each business, like free food or discounted spa services. For a complete listing of business that use Belly and the rewards they offer, check out the Belly website.

5. Take part in Milwaukee’s vibrant music scene for free with Jazz in the Park. Starting in June, enjoy the music every Thursday night in Cathedral Square Park. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

6. Summer is a good time to catch up on all the reading you didn’t have time for during the school year. Kletzsch Park is home to a tiny library with one simple rule: if you take a book, you leave a book. The rest of the park is incredibly picturesque, making it the perfect place to lie down on the grass and read for a while.

7. If you’re here for the summer, you won’t have a meal plan. Looks like you’re on your own for food, and ramen won’t cut it for three months. So when you get cooking, check out local farmer’s markets for fresh produce. Farmer’s market produce is typically less expensive than grocery store produce, and if you’re looking for organic, it’s always cheaper to get it straight from the source. The East Town Market and the Westown Farmer’s Market are both downtown, so they’re a good place to start.

8. You may have visited Value Village for a Halloween costume in the past, but you can also find clothes for everyday wear there. It might take a little bit of digging, but you can build an amazing collection of flannels and t-shirts for next to nothing. They also have discount days (they vary upon location), and you can get 50% off their already low prices.

9. Sign up for rewards with Colectivo Coffee. Register your card, and you’ll receive points for your purchases. Then you can redeem those points for free coffee! It’s free to sign up, and you’ll also get news about discounts available only to registered members.

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