7 Secret Discounts for College Students

7 Secret Discounts for College Students
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    After spending thousands of dollars on tuition, fees, and books, college students may have little money left for other things.

    But there is an advantage to having limited funds: numerous retailers offer college students discounts, including deep price breaks, in a bid to win new business.

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You can save money on thousands of purchases.

We’ve uncovered bunches of money saving deals for college students including the following seven “secret” discounts.

1. The Wall Street Journal — How secret is a subscription deal to the Wall Street Journal? Perhaps not so much if you’re a business major. Even so, if a subscription is required for your business class, then you’re going to have to get one. Fortunately, the WSJ offers several short term plans for both print and digital subscriptions. The nice thing here is that you’ll save 75 percent off of the standard price for the best deals available.

2. New Computer — If you’re in the market for a computer, you’ll pay at least $500 for a laptop, much more if you choose a Mac. Speaking of Mac, you can enjoy a discount of up to $200 on various Apple products — MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac — and each can each land you a nice, fat break. Shop Apple’s online education store to find out what breaks are available to you and how to get them.

3. Amazon Prime — If you regularly have items shipped to you and you use Amazon for that service, you can get a free six-month subscription to Amazon Prime. Under this arrangement, you get free two-day shipping on most items and special deals and promotions exclusively for college students. Moreover, if you refer a friend, you get a $10 credit per referral, good for other purchases. Once the trial subscription is over you can enroll for a 50 percent discount. That move adds two more features: free borrowing of Kindle books and unlimited instant streaming of tens of thousands of movies and television episodes.

4. Intel Developer Tools — If you own a PC, Intel has programs for student, classroom, and academic researchers alike, offering discounted pricing on Intel Software Development Products. For students, you can obtain heavily discounted or even free developmental tools that are not functionally different from standard suites. You can also try Intel’s tools for free before signing up.

5. AntiVirus Software — Another discount that should appeal to college students with PCs is obtaining a break on the price of Norton AntiVirus. Sure, discounts of up to 50 percent are available for first-time buyers, but if you are recurring user, then you’ll pay full price unless you are a college student. Keep your computer protected and pay 50 percent less than the going price for Norton AntiVirus.

6. Smartphone Plans — Discounts for smartphone plans are hit or miss. That means you need to do some digging to find out what plans are out there and the discounts available for students. Sprint, for instance, offered a plan where students could receive up to 12 months of free talk, text and 1GB data by purchasing a smartphone at Best Buy stores nationally. That represented a $70 monthly value for free. Alas, the deal has ended, but there are other programs from various cell phone networks and retailers that are offered from time to time.

7. Art Museums — Getting a discount for an art museum visit can be difficult to come by, but they’re available. And not always on certain days or with many restrictions, mind you. The Art Institute of Chicago, for example, normally charges $90 per year for membership, but for college students that price drops to $50 annually. Other cultural destinations that offer deep discounts on single visits or annual memberships include the Houston Ballet, Carnegie Hall, the New England Aquarium, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Your Student ID

You can also gain discounts on hundreds, if not thousands of events, retail deals and other purchases simply by flashing your student ID card. Many businesses provide at least a nominal price break of five to 10 percent while others are much more willing to go further and offer you a deeper discount. So, show your student ID card and politely ask if a price break is possible, then share that “secret” deal with your fellow students.

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