How to Save Money with Student Discounts

Financially speaking, your college years are tough. Because you spend the majority of your time studying instead of working, it seems like you never have enough money. It’s a constant struggle. Fortunately, there are a number of ways for you to save a few bucks here and there. One of them is to take advantage of your status as a student by purchasing items at places that offer a student discount. Here are a few tips on how to save money with student discounts.

Air Travel
Student discounts for air travel are available through a number of airlines. Everyone needs a break from studying now and then, and taking a trip to someplace far away is bound to renew your energy and prepare you for the rest of the school year. Fortunately, the fact that you’re a student will entitle you to discounts on airline tickets. All you need is a student ID card and a ride to the airport. Overseas flights are especially attractive, depending on the time of year you intend to travel.

Rail Passes and Other Travel Savings
Your student ID will also allow you to purchase a rail pass if you’re traveling throughout Europe. In the United States, you can get a discount if you travel by bus, subway, or railroad. Those traveling overseas can get an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) that will entitle them to discounts on trains and planes, as well as at various hotels and hostels.

Technology
That same ISIC card, thanks to a partnership with Microsoft, will allow you save up to 90% of the retail price on Microsoft software. The card can also be used to access Wi-Fi sites at more than 220,000 places worldwide. Being a student also lets you purchase Apple computers and software at discount prices. Adobe has jumped on the bandwagon by offering discounts to students of up to 80% off the retail price of Student and Teacher Editions of their products. Dell computers also offer discounts for students, as does Hewlett-Packard. By visiting websites, such as www.Journeyed.com or www.Onthehub.com you may be able to take advantage of special student discounts.

Entertainment
Because college can be stressful, most students welcome the chance to watch a movie now and then. Fortunately, the fact that you are a student will work to your advantage because a number of theaters offer student discounts, especially those that are located in the immediate vicinity of a college campus. Other forms of entertainment that may offer student discounts are sporting events or a trip to a local museum.

Reading Material
Although a lot of students prefer to limit their reading to classroom assignments, others can’t get enough of the written word. Various periodicals, such as the Wall Street Journal, offer student discounts. You may even be able to get discounts on reading material at book stores close to college campuses, or for newspapers in nearby towns. Contact the subscription department at your favorite newspapers and magazines and ask if they offer student discounts.

Retail Stores
Many retail stores, especially department stores, offer students a way to save a few bucks by supplying them with their store’s dedicated credit cards. The card can be used to purchase items in that particular chain of stores, and many times you will be rewarded with discount prices. Having the store credit card can serve the dual purpose of saving you money while helping you to establish a credit history. Stores such as Staples, Banana Republic, or Old Navy, frequently offer reduced rates for students by using their dedicated credit cards or on special ‘sale’ days.

Restaurants
Many restaurants, especially those near college campuses, offer discounts for students. It’s a good deal for you, and for the restaurant. You’re able to enjoy a meal away from home or the dorm cafeteria at reduced rates, while the restaurant has the privilege of feeding more patrons than they ordinarily would. Of course, it’s to their advantage to make sure you enjoy the meal at reasonable rates so you’ll return regularly and maybe even bring your friends along.

Cell Phone Service
Most cell phone service providers, especially those in close proximity to a college or university, offer student discounts for cell phone service. If you are paying full price for your service, it would be a good idea to contact your provider and update your contract.

Guest post from Taylor Harris. Taylor writes about online colleges and universities for BestOnlineColleges.com.

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