Discounts and deals may be hailed as two of the greatest perks that accompany being a student. Unfortunately, the orientation handbook you receive in your freshman year is often missing this chapter. For your convenience (and the wallets of students all over) we've gathered a handful of tips to minimize your spending and maximize your satisfaction during those four years.
Carry Around I.D
It may seem like quite the hassle at the time but carrying around your student identification card is a pretty important step in the freebie receiving process. In ninety-nine percent of instances, a clerk or retailer will ask for your identification card to verify that you are, in fact, a student. Once you've managed to remember this vital piece of information you'll be primed to learn the tricks of the trade.
Inquire, Inquire, Inquire
What's that old saying-if you don't ask, you don't get? Well it turns out there's a bit of truth behind that statement. Companies like Apple love giving out discounts to students, who make up a large portion of their customer base. And as it turns out, it's as easy as the click of a button. If you intend to purchase a discounted Mac, do yourself a favor and get it online because when you do so, they'll allow you to get a hefty student discount without requiring you to submit proof of enrollment at a school. Now be careful though because this doesn't apply to the brick-and-mortar Apple Store.
Leverage Your Resources
There are apps available for your phone, iPad, and other mobile devices to help you score savings on-the-go. One of those really great apps is the Amazon Student App. This allows you to trade in textbooks, place an order wherever you are and score some nice savings on college essentials. It's free so you don't even have to worry about paying for it either. One last thing that's really great is you can use the barcode application to compare the price of those textbooks with the same ones found online. It's basically a comparison engine that fits in the palm of your hand.
Another useful tool for finding student discounts is StudentUniverse.com. This site makes it a breeze to get savings on technology, textbooks, restaurant vouchers, and more all over the world. You can also share the information you find through the site's blog.
If you're reading this as a recent graduate then you'll be happy to know that some discounts may still be available to you even post-grad. Try plugging in the .edu email address if a site asks you some personal information. Some sites have it set up to automatically apply special student discounts to customers with this type of web address.
Keep in mind these tips the next time you're out shopping or browsing the web. You may stumble upon some additional savings you didn't expect.