The school year has started, and the related expenses add up fast! After buying your textbooks, supplies, parking pass and whatever else you may need, you might find yourself having to tighten up your budget. Shopping the sales and using coupons are great ways to save, but many people forget that their student IDs can help them save money as well. There are a number of places that offer a student discount. Whether you’re shopping for clothes, going out for dinner, watching a movie or buying school supplies, your ID may save you money.
My favorite perk when I was a student was using my ID to get a free six-month trial of Amazon Prime. I was able to get free two-day shipping on all of my orders, and I got a $10 credit whenever I referred someone to Amazon. On top of that, I had access to all of the Prime television shows and movies! Just be sure to opt out of Prime once your trial is up, or you’ll be charged.
I never took advantage of using my student ID at a movie theater while in college, but I wish I had. I loved going to see the newest movies, and all those ticket prices added up. Cinemark, Regal Theaters and AMC Theaters offer discounts to students! If you prefer watching movies on your laptop (and likely, you’ll need a laptop for your schoolwork too), Apple offers students $200 off MacBooks!
So many restaurants have perks for students. Chipotle offers free drinks with a student ID. Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King and Dairy Queen are a few examples that all offer 10% discounts. My friends and I would all chip in for a pizza from Domino’s or Papa John’s when we got sick of the dining hall. They both offer discounts, but they vary based on location.
Some places might let you combine your student discount with sales or coupons, so always have it handy. Also, don’t be shy about asking a place if they offer discounts for students. The worst that can happen is that they’ll say no. On the other hand, they could say yes, and you could be walking away with some amazing savings!
Where do you use your student discount? Let me know!