Food stamps: reductions granted in Colorado

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If you receive SNAP EBT, otherwise known as food stamps, in Colorado, you may qualify for discounts on fun family attractions, museums, and even driving lessons and internet service. In addition to the attractions that participate in Museums For All, the Explorer Pass is exclusive to Colorado and integrated with your EBT card. Read on to find out how to access discounts at nearly a dozen Colorado attractions with your SNAP card.

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It is important to check the company or attraction website or call ahead to find out if the discount is still available. It’s also a good idea to ask about SNAP EBT discounts wherever you go, as new names are added frequently. Also, it’s important to note that you cannot use your SNAP EBT card to purchase tickets, but you can claim the discount by presenting your Colorado SNAP card at the entrance in most cases.

Discounts on the Explorer Pass

The Colorado Explorer Pass is integrated with your Colorado SNAP EBT card, according to the official website for the city and county of Denver. It offers discounts at many Denver attractions, including:

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • denver zoo
  • Colorado History Center
  • butterfly pavilion
  • Colorado Women’s History Center
  • Denver Children’s Museum at Marsico Campus
  • Clyfford Stills Museum
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanical Gardens
  • Molly Brown House Museum
  • Wings over the Rockies – Air and Space Museum

Admission to most of these attractions is only $1 per person. The Molly Brown House Museum and the Butterfly Pavilion are $2 per person.

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Museums for all Discounts

There are many other museums and attractions across Colorado that participate in a program called Museums For All, which offers free or discounted tickets for up to four people using your SNAP card. For example, you can visit the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and the Garden of Gods Visitor & Nature Center in Colorado Springs.

Not all of these museums are tied to your Explorer Pass, so you may need to find out about discounts and how to purchase discounted tickets.

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Free driving lessons for teens

The Colorado Department of Social Services works with DriveSafe Driving Schools to provide free driver education to teens whose families receive SNAP EBT benefits. As part of the program, which was introduced in a press release on September 14, 2022, DriveSafe is offering a 30-hour online driving course to the first 1,000 qualified families who apply. Once the first batch of teens have completed the course, DriveSafe will begin accepting more applicants, the statement said.

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Discounted Amazon Prime

As with SNAP recipients in other states, Colorado residents get a $6.99 monthly Amazon Prime membership. Get free next-day and second-day delivery, Amazon Prime music and video, free photo storage, and plenty of prime-day and year-round deals.

Discounted phone and internet service

Through the Affordable Connectivity Program, Colorado residents with SNAP benefits can receive a $30 per month discount on high-speed Internet service. You may also be eligible to receive a one-time $100 discount on an internet-connected device.

Through Lifeline, an FCC program, you can also get a $9.25 discount on phone, broadband, or bundled services.

Free Android smartphone and data plan

If you qualify for Lifeline or ACP — or both — in Colorado, offers a free Android smartphone as well as monthly wireless service. The free plan includes at least 12.5 GB of 4G/LTE data as well as Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.

Other Colorado carriers may offer similar deals, but some may charge up to $50 for the phone.

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Taking advantage of these services in Colorado can help stretch your budget further, even as prices rise in Colorado and across the country. It can be easier to pay for the necessities your household needs, and even some fun family outings, when you search for discounts using your SNAP card.

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