When you’re in school, whether you’re going at the ripe age of 18, or later in life as a non-traditional student, your budget is tight. The bulk of your hours have to be devoted to classes and studying, leaving little time for income-producing work. Hopefully you have grants and scholarships that help make ends meet while you’re in the halls of scholarship, but odds are even with those you’re living on the edge.
The good news is that there are lots of ways to score steep discounts as a student. In most cases, all you need is a student ID or .edu email address. Here are some of our favorite ways to save as a college student.
Save on Clothes
Many retailers have little-known about student discounts. Be sure to ask every time you check out. The worst they can do is say, “No,” and the best they can do is say, “Yes! I’m going to save you a ton of money!”
When you’re shopping online, you don’t have to ask a person. You can check out coupon data bases, like ours, to find the best student discounts on the cutest threads. One of our favorites du jour is this 10% off student discount for Apricot, where they’re already gearing their line up for Spring.
Save on Professional Tests
If you’re entering a field where you have to get certified, you’re likely getting certified by a regulating agency or authority. Odds are that there is a community built around that regulating authority that requires membership. They likely have trainings for their members, and members likely are required to pay a fee.
Most regulating authorities with communities will have a student membership option. This allows them to prime you for the field, and allows you to save serious costs over a certified membership. Membership benefits often include discounted admissions to trainings, and a discount option when you sit for your certification test. An extra perk? Membership is going to look amazing on your future resume.
When you’re preparing for that test, there are high odds you’re going to be obtaining training materials. These are usually super expensive, so be sure to check for student discounts when you’re shopping for them. For example, if you’re training to be a CPA, Roger CPA Review offers a college student discount for their prep materials.
Save on Fun
One of the best ways to find a discount on entertainment is to check out your student life office. Offerings will vary from campus to campus, and they’re likely to be more exciting if you’re in an urban setting. But you can find things like ballet tickets, zoo admission, amusement park passes, and more for free or a serious discount just by popping your head in. These are typically first come, first serve, though, so if there’s a really popular event or attraction you want to visit, be sure to take a stroll down to student life at the beginning of the semester.
Another option is to see which places offer student discounts at the door. Think local restaurants, museums, and student rush tickets at sporting events. With a little research, you can have a vibrant social life on the cheap in between classes and hitting the books.