One great way to avoid the student loan debt crisis is to take full advantage of student discounts and freebies. In a world of rising tuition and housing costs, your student ID is so much more than your college access card. It’s a plastic gold mine of discounts and freebies if you use it properly. Companies like Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have discounts exclusively for students on tons of great products.
Discovering how to stretch every penny you have as far as it can go while in college is so important. I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage that a penny saved is a penny earned – well it’s quite true.
Take a look at our round-up of student offers and start stretching your pennies today!
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Student Discounts on Retail
Clothing is one of those essential items that nobody can really go without. Between food
and school expenses, it can be hard to justify spending money on clothes. While
it’s a not good idea to be frivolous about expenses like this, you shouldn’t feel
guilty about spending a bit of money on something that you can’t live without.
Adidas – Get 15% off your order + free shipping
Aeropostale – Save up 15% off your order
Amazon Prime Student – 50% off Amazon Prime (+ 6 months FREE) + $0.99/mo Amazon Music Unlimited
Banana Republic – 15% off your entire order
Champs – 10% off any purchase over $50
Express – 15% off in-store and online
Forever21 – Save up to 25% off your order
Groupon – Get an extra 25% off extra local deals for 6 months, then save 15%
Hanes – 10% off your entire order
ModCloth – 25% off your entire order
Pottery Barn Teen – 15% off your entire order
Toms – 10% off your entire order
Top Shop – 10% off your entire order
UGG – 10% off your entire order
Vineyard Vines – Get up to 15% off your entire order
Student Discounts on Technology
Technology is a must for the modern student. All of those phones, computers, printers and their associated software and apps can cost a small fortune. A small fortune that most students don’t have or can’t afford without finding themselves strapped to pay other bills.
Thankfully, plenty of companies have stepped up to make it easier for students to afford the tools that they need to get the most out of their education.
Adobe – All Creative Cloud Apps for $19.99/mo the first year
Apple – Full-time students save 5% on most purchases, or up to $200 on a new Mac or iPad
Best Buy – Students save on a variety of products, varies by brand
Dell – Save up to 10% on your purchase
Evernote – Premium note-taking software at 50% off
GitHub – Student Developer Pack is free for students
Lenovo – Save up to 5% on products
Microsoft – Save up to 10% on products and get Office 365 for Free
Samsung – Save up to 30% on products
Student Discounts on Finance Related Products and Services
Plenty of financial institutions offer a break for students. These typically come in
the form of breaks on fees or welcome incentives. Depending on where you see
the greatest benefit, it isn’t hard to find a bank willing to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
Bank of America Student Banking – Enjoy no monthly maintenance fees.
Chase Student Checking – Get a $100 bonus for signing up + no monthly service fees with qualifying activities.
US Bank Student Checking – Enjoy no monthly maintenance fees + free checks.
Wells Fargo – Waived maintenance fees for students between the ages of 17 and 24.
You Need A Budget (YNAB) – Take advantage of 13 months free + get 10% off off your next year
Student Discounts on Entertainment
Time for entertainment is hard to come by when you’re in college. Luckily these companies have stepped up to give students discounts on activities that can give them a break from their studies. They’ll be able to enjoy themselves knowing that they aren’t blowing their budget.
Student Discounts on Travel and Transportation
Whether you need to catch a flight home for the holidays or you’re going on a spring break adventure, you’ll want to make sure you maximize your savings. Thankfully there are student discounts on every travel method available. So, make sure you take full advantage of them – trains, planes and automobiles!
Amtrak – Save up to 25% on select rails
Budget Truck Rental – 20% off local moves & 15% off one-way moves
Cheapoair – Discounted flights for students
Eurail – Save up to 23% on select rails in Europe
Greyhound – Save up to 10% on qualifying trips
Hotels.com – Save up to 10% sitewide
Penske – Get 10% off on all truck rentals
Sixt – 5% off any car rental for students
StudentUniverse – Cheap student flights, hotels and tours
Uber – Get $2 off each of your first 3 rides
Zipcar – Discounted rental car rates at participating universities
Student Discounts on Books & Magazines
Textbook prices can be crazy expensive. Be sure to shop around for the best deal available on whatever textbooks you may need.
We suggest emailing your professors to ask if the latest edition of the textbook is actually required for their class. You may be able to use a previous edition of the book as an alternative or do without it.
Amazon – Sometimes renting your textbooks is cheaper than buying
Book Outlet – 10% off your entire order
Campus Books – Get up to 90% off on textbooks
Guilford Press – 40% off books, videos, newsletters and journals + free shipping
Project Gutenberg – Online library with over 60,000 free ebooks
The Economist – Get up to 20% off your subscription
The New York Times – Get up to 50% off your subscription
The Wall Street Journal – Get up to 75% off your subscription
Student Discounts on Insurance
Many insurance companies offer discounts for student drivers. Some require you to have good grades while others just require you to have a clean driving record and meet the age requirements.
Allstate – Offers three different ways to receive a student discount
Farmers – Discounts offers vary by state
Geico – Offers several ways for students to receive discounts, varies by state
Liberty Mutual – Discount offers vary by state
Nationwide – Offers discounts to students with good grades
Progressive – Offers several ways for students to receive discounts, varies by state
State Farm – Discount offers vary by state
Travelers – Offers several ways for students to receive discounts, varies by state
Having to pay for tuition, housing, books, and other supplies is an incredible financial burden in and of itself. The added cost of clothing, food, and incidentals is a breaking point for some students. While facing your education with a frugal mindset is an essential strategy, it doesn’t hurt to get some help in the form of student discounts and freebies.
There is no shame in getting a helping hand, and it never hurts to ask either. Many
places offer unadvertised discounts on products and services to students. This
is a classic example of never getting what you don’t ask for.
Keep these savings in mind as you make your everyday purchases, but don’t use them as an excuse to buy more things that you don’t need.
Think of your student ID as your passport to savings, and use it as often as you can.
Let us know in the comments which student discounts and freebies you have taken advantage of!