Double Dining Discounts for Students, Employees Using Black Bear Bucks

University of Maine Dining is promoting double dining discounts for the fall semester for UMaine students, faculty and staff who use Black Bear Bucks for food purchases in the Memorial Union.

A total of 18 percent savings will be offered when MaineCard funds are used. Black Bear Bucks always grant students and employees state sales tax exemption and an automatic discount of 5 percent, saving the student 13 percent off their total purchase year round. This fall, the dining discount doubles to 10 percent plus the sales tax savings.

The savings apply to purchases made at the Bear’s Den, previously known as the Marketplace; Going Bananas frozen yogurt shop; the Cafe and Pub; as well as the Oakes Room in Fogler Library. Discounts do not apply to alcohol purchases.

“Hundreds of thousands of dollars go to the banks because of credit card purchases,” says Daniel Sturrup, executive director of Auxiliary Services. “There are only minimum costs for UMaine when using Black Bear Bucks. The university keeps more of that money on campus and the students save money on meals. It’s really a win-win situation for everyone involved.”

Funds now can be transferred into Black Bear Bucks at dining registers in the Union, as well as through the MaineCard website and at several MaineCard kiosks around campus.

For more information on Black Bear Bucks, ask a dining cashier or visit the UMaine Dining website or the MaineCard website.