Here’s the situation: you’re working part-time to pay for college tuition, student fees, a ton of textbooks, your meal plan, and spending money so you can have some fun with your friends.
Yep, student life can be expensive, but look on the bright side. You’ve got a few years to put your Student ID to work and grab as many discounts as you can!
As you begin to settle in to your new school year, check out these strategies for finding college student discounts. We highlight some particularly great discounts for 2013, as well.
Give saving the ole college try
When you’re searching for great discounts for students, narrow down your search by looking in categories that retailers know are important to you. Computers and phones are essential to daily life, so check out the discounts that companies like Dell, HP and Apple are offering directly to college consumers. You should also check out the deals that retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Target can bring to the table.
Entertainment is another thing students want a lot of: movies, games, music. It’s easy to use your Student ID to get a break on movie tickets at the theater, but you can also find deals online. Food discounts go hand in hand with entertainment, so be sure to ask your favorite restaurants whether they offer student discounts or special deals, like a college student night. (Sometimes they won’t mention it unless you ask!)
Finally, travel is a big category where students qualify for deals. Think spring break, holiday travel back home, or a graduation trip around the world. Airlines are known for offering student discounts, so be sure to inquire next time you are booking a trip.
Top 2013 discounts for students
Here are some of the real deals. Keep your student status in mind as you shop for important items like these this season.
Apple’s Education Pricing – save up to $200 on a new Mac
Microsoft Student Store – 10% off Surface, software and accessories
HP Academy – offers special student pricing on HP products
Dell University – discounts on Dell products plus a $200 e-gift card towards an Xbox
AMC Theaters – discounts with your Student ID every Thursday
Regal Cinemas – check to see if your local theater has student discounts
Cinemark – visit your box office to ask about discounts for students
STA Travel – great discounts for all kinds of student travel including flights, hotels, Eurail, tours and more
American Airlines – flight discounts for college students
Lufthansa – offers student deals via its Generation Fly program
Fashion, food and more!
Brad’s Deals – great site with links to a variety of student discount offerings
studentrate – clearinghouse for college student discounts in a variety of categories
Gift Card Granny – silly name, but offers great deals on many gift cards
The big takeaway here (besides college student savings) is that if you want to get a discount, do your homework. There are plenty of student discounts available when you uncover them with a little research.
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