College is one of the most expensive decisions a person can make. On top of tuition, expenses like housing, food and personal expenses accumulate. As a result, most college students aren’t exactly loaded with cash. Thankfully, there are plenty of businesses willing to cut students some slack when it comes to spending. Here are a few suggestions for anyone who wants to save a couple of bucks by flashing a student ID.
1) Retail Shopping
Plenty of businesses are happy to cut students a little slack when it comes to retail shopping. There are plenty of clothing options for students who want to look good while still saving money. If you are looking for a classy look for conferences or job interviews, check out stores like J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic or Brooks Brothers for a 15% discount. If you want to dress more casually, pick up some Levi’s jeans for 20% off. Register for a UNiDAYS account if you want access to even more discounts on all kinds of goods, including retail clothes. Another great option is to sign up for the Amazon prime student discount, which offers six months free and 50% off of the usual subscription price.
Every college student deserves to get out and have a little fun. Students dying to watch the latest cinematic blockbusters should look out for all kinds of student discounts at local movie theaters. Regal Cinemas and Cinemark both offer student tickets as does AMC (but only on Thursdays). If sports are your thing, check out your local sports teams for special student discounts. For example, Boston students can get nine dollar tickets for select Red Sox baseball games at the historic Fenway Park. If relaxing means a night in, students can take advantage of entertainment bundle packages. For five dollars per month, students can get Spotify premium, Hulu and Showtime. That’s music, television and movies all for an amazing price.
3) Art and Theater
College campuses have no shortage of art aficionados. If you’re looking to find your artistic side, stop by nearby museums for discounted student access. Depending on where you live, students can freely visit iconic art museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston MFA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) and more. There are also plenty of local theaters that offer student discounts. If you live near a major city, students can access discounted prices for professional productions including Philharmonic concerts, classic ballets and musical national tours. This is especially easy if you attend school in New York since many Broadway theaters offer student rush tickets to some of the hottest shows in town.
4) Technology and Software
In this day and age, technology has become a vital part of college life whether it’s for taking notes in class or writing a ten-page paper. Lucky for college students, many major tech companies offer student discounts that can help cut down on the cost of a new laptop. Apple offers various discounts on the latest Macs and iPhones. Discounts aren’t just limited to devices. Students can receive up to 60% of Adobe’s Creative Cloud software, a useful program for any aspiring filmmakers, illustrators and editors.
Without a doubt, the most important part of any student budget is food. If you need a quick snack fix, fast food restaurants like Burger King and Subway offer 10% off with a student ID. For students looking for a nice sit-down experience, stop by the Hard Rock Cafe for a secret student menu or Buca Di Beppo for an affordable Italian meal. If you feel like cooking instead, keep an eye out for a nearby Kroger’s for 5% off of groceries. Every student deserves a good meal.
College is expensive and staring wistfully at price tags does nothing to alleviate that stress. Thankfully, there are plenty of options that can take some of that financial strain off. 10% to 15% off may not seem like a lot of money, but for college students, every cent counts. Discounts are not just limited to this list. Local stores, museums and theaters can offer great deals for their residents. When in doubt, never be afraid to ask if stores offer a special student discount.
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