For many students, college is a juggle of time and money, with money being less available than time. Fortunately, there’s help for the cash-strapped student. Many businesses offer student discounts that help take the edge off for food, entertainment and essentials. Here are some of the best.
Note: As discount offers frequently change, please double check with the business before you go.
Sometimes you just need a break from studying and testing and note taking. What better way to relax than at the movies? Particularly when, just by showing your student ID card you get a discounted ticket price. Shows start most mornings after 11 a.m. and continue playing until 11 p.m. The theater has luxury recliners, an eclectic selection of food, plus IMAX and Dolby Cinema.
Buying clothes can quickly send a budget off the rails. But when you buy a couple of pairs of Levis, the jeans that almost last forever, you can keep that budget in check. Students regularly receive a percentage discount here on all merchandise, and that includes more than just pants. You can also pick up tops, trucker jackets, and other accessories.
For a small yearly fee, Greyhound’s Student Advantage Discount Card can save student passengers 10 percent on the cost of a walk-up fare or online ticket purchase for any destination in the United States. Great for going home on breaks. You also get 15 percent off package shipping if you send it through Greyhound Package Express. Makes moving in or moving out of school a whole lot easier. The card is also good for discounts at many local and national retailers. There’s a 30-day money back guarantee if you don’t like the program, too.
Nowadays, using a computer for school work has all but replaced the three Ps: pens, pencils and paper. Apple helps support student needs by offering a discount to current and newly accepted college students, plus faculty and staff of all grade levels. The special pricing is applicable to laptops, iPads, and desktop computers. Stop by the store with proof of enrollment to take advantage of this offer.
A computer isn’t the only electronic a student needs. That’s where Best Buy comes in. Signing up for a Best Buy account opens the door to all kinds of student deals. Discounts apply to tablets, networking, and wireless components, printers, ink and toner, plus flash drives or external hard drive and walls and walls of accessories. Redeem coupons sent by email to access all deals.
Amtrak connects the country. There are more than 30 train routes throughout 46 states. Getting on the train to head home or get away during school breaks is easy, efficient and relaxing … and you see the countryside. Students up to the age of 25, with a valid id, receive a 15 percent discount on each trip. A little planning is involved. To receive the discount, you must book three days in advance. Get on board!
If you can’t get home on a bus or a train, you can call home for sure. The Sprint discount program offers students unlimited data for an additional $10 per month. Plus, Sprint partnered with Best Buy in their My Way Student Promotion which gives students 12 months of free talk, text and 1GB of data with the purchase of a smartphone. Now there’s no excuse for not staying in touch with family and friends