Ask, and you Shall Save!
The last thing you want to worry about while cramming for mid-terms is money. Yet no matter what you do, money plays a part someway, somehow. But maintaining a full-time job while also keeping up with your studies and your ever expanding social life seems impossible. Lucky for you, being a college student comes with its own monetary perks. You will be surprised at how many stores, restaurants, and leisure activities offer up discounts for college students. All you have to do is ask!
Lets break it down by the essentials: food, clothing, electronics and software, books, and leisure activities. The obvious way to save money on food is to eat from your colleges cafeteria, but if you need to go to a grocery store Safeway and Peapod offer $10 discounts for college students when you order food delivery from their website. Target also offers student discounts for in-store purchases. If you feel like eating off campus sometime, log onto Groupon.com or Restaurant.com to receive gift certificates to local restaurants for a small fee.
Some of the clothing stores at your local mall offer 10-30% discounts for students if you show your college ID. The best way to find out which stores offer discounts is to simply ask! Stores with online shopping, such as Delias, Khols, Rampage, Old Navy, Shoebuy and Gap also offer various college student discount codes for additional savings on sale items and shipping.
Textbooks can add up to more than your food and clothing tabs combined! Lucky for college students, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Buy.com offer discounts on textbook orders. eCampus.com also offers students the opportunity to make money by selling their used textbooks at the end of the semester. Students can save up to $200 on a new Apple computer or laptop and qualify for combination package deals that can include a free printer or even an iPod! Do not hesitate to maximize your sales experience at Apple. The team that works there is more than happy to explain any discounts you are eligible for.
When it comes to entertainment, travel, and other leisure activities, every student should obtain their International Student Identify Card (ISIC). This card is extremely handy when studying or traveling abroad but can also be used in the United States for thousands of discounts on travel and transportation, hotels, museums, theaters, books, sports events and equipment, clothing, electronics and software, etc. (Go to www.ISIC.org for more information on where you can obtain your ISIC card).
There are thousands of ways that a college student can save a little money on everyday items. StudentBistro.com has more information and links on participating companies and makes it easy to print out coupons right off the computer! However, the best way to learn more about college student discounts is to just ask. Youll be surprised at how much money you can be saving!