Student Discounts: Where to Cash in With Your Student ID
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Student Discounts: Where to Cash in With Your Student ID

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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Are you a student? Do you have a student ID card? If you answered yes to these questions, then keep reading to find out how you can use your student ID card to save money. Many stores and businesses offer student discounts to students with a valid student ID, but they don’t always advertise these discounts. So, I’ve done a little digging around for you so you won’t have to wonder which stores offer student discounts. All the savings can really add up!

Retail:

  • J. Crew: 15% student and teacher discount on all regularly priced items.
  • Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft: 15% student and teacher discount on all regularly priced items.
  • Banana Republic: 15% student and teacher discount with school ID.
  • Club Monaco: 20% with valid student ID.
  • Pier 1 Imports: 15% with valid student ID.
  • Old Navy: Although they don’t offer a year round student discount, they do sometimes have special student sales so keep a look out for those. Back to school time (July though September) is a good time to watch for special student sales.

 

Food and Beverage:

  • Subway: 10% at participating locations.
  • McDonald’s: 10%  at participating locations.
  • Burger King: 10% at participating locations.
  • Dominos Pizza: Student discount varies. At Participating locations only.
  • Pizza Hut: 10-20% at participating locations.
  • Dairy Queen: 10% student discount.
  • Qdoba: $5  burrito meals for students.
  • Kroger: 5% at participating locations.
  • Sam’s Club:$40 student membership comes with a free $15 Sam’s Club gift card.
  • Local Restaurants and Cafes: If you live in close proximity to a college campus, it is more than likely that some local restaurants and coffee shops offer student discounts. Don’t be afraid to ask!

 

Electronics:

  • Apple: Up to 10%. This might not sound like much, but can certainly add up if you are purchasing a pricey computer for school.
  • Academic Superstore (Online): Discounts vary per item. Requires verification of student status.
  • Laptops: If you’re buying a laptop for school, be sure to ask about getting a student discount. Many laptop companies and retailers offer student discounts on laptops, so shop around for the best student discount. Computer manufactures that offer student discounts include Dell, HP, Sony, and Apple.
  • Software: Most software companies also offer varying student discounts. These include Microsoft and Adobe.
  • Cell Phones: Cell phone companies, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint also offer an array of varying student discounts from monthly bill discounts to phone accessory discounts. Check with your service carrier for more details on their student discount policy.

 

Entertainment and Travel:

  • Regal Movie Theaters: Up to 25% at participating locations (often near college campuses). Many other movie theater chains, as well as local theaters, offer varying student discounts as well.
  • AMC Theaters: Discounted student movie tickets on Thursdays.
  • Eurail: 35% discount for anyone under 25. If your planning a trip to Europe anytime soon, be sure to take advantage of this amazing discount!
  • Museum Admission: Most museums across the nation offer a student discount. Discounts vary.
  • Art Supply Stores: Many local art supply stores will offer student discounts, particularly to students taking art classes.
  • Magazines and Newspapers: Often offer varying student discounts.

 

Students can also purchase a Student Advantage discount card for a $20 annual fee and unlock even more student discount opportunities. Just a few businesses that offer Student Advantage card holder discounts are Target.com, Foot Locker, Amtrak, T-MobileBarnes&Noble.com, drugstore.com, Armani Exchange, Greyhound, Beauty.com, UbanOutfitters.com, and AT&T. See more participating businesses here. Using your Student Advantage card often can quickly pay off and start saving you even more money.

 

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.