College may bring the first time in your life when you are looking out for your own finances. Sometimes this leads to a diet of noodles and fast food but it can also teach you how to save money in whatever way you can. One way students have an advantage in money saving endeavours, is the cornucopia of discounts that are available to them. They key to unlocking this bounty of discounts is given to you at every university. Your student ID is your exemption from paying full price at many different kinds of establishments. Here are 7 places you can use your ID card to its full potential.
Many restaurants and bars offer discounts to students who bring their ID cards. Look for promotions around campus and in your area. Restaurants within a few miles of your school are most likely offer discounts to students. You may even be able to get free food if you take advantage of certain promotions.
Movie theaters seem to raise the price of movies every few years. Luckily they are another common place to find discounts with your student ID. Students can get anywhere between a quarter to a few dollars of the typical ticket price. However, you should ask about your theaters policy. Some theaters only offer student discounts during the week when they get less business.
Banks often offer all kinds of special promotions to students in college and even in high school. They may have student checking or savings accounts. They might also have student credit cards with cash back on college related purchases. For instance, the Wells Fargo College Card lets you get 3% cash back on gas, groceries and drugstore purchases and 1% on everything else. However, always be careful when signing up for deals with banks. Make sure you do your research before you sign anything.
If you feel like going out and changing up your typically free time activities, a museum can be an interesting experience. Plus, your ID card might get you in for less. Many museums offer discounts to students in an effort to get younger people in the doors. Some even allow students in for free, call ahead to see what your ID can do for you.
Gyms are a popular place for many college students and there are many ways your ID can get you in for cheap or even free. First, find out if your campus has a gym that is to your liking; your student ID may actually be all you need to get inside. Since gyms can cost anywhere from $10 to $50 dollars a month plus annual fees, a free membership is pretty attractive. Also, places like the YMCA offer discounts to students.
In a generation with so much technological prowess (and dependency) it is important to save as much money as you can on electronics purchases. Look for back-to-school deals around august on things like laptops and tablets.