Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The beauty of being a student

So apparently there's good things about being super poor and making yourself poorer for the sake of an education?

Back to school means back to all kinds of fun stress. Worrying about getting reading done, writing papers, studying for tests, and of course how you're going to pay for things. One of the simultaneously best and worst things ever is when that loan check arrives. Suddenly your bank account has fluxed and you can pay for things, and then you remember that one day you'll be paying back that check with interest. Until you're 40.

But there are some good things about being a student too. Like not having to get up super early every day if you can help it, having summers and winters off, and of course all the student discounts you can get. Like Amazon Prime for students, cheaper admission to museums and some movie theaters (as well as live theaters), there are even theme parks that give student discounts. A lot of software companies give student discounts or have student versions of their programs (like SPSS, virus protection, and Microsoft Office). The Apple Store also gives students discounts on most of their products. Any time of the year you can get money off of a computer with a free printer, and during the summer you get the added bonus of a free Ipod. Other retail stores are also getting in on the student discount, like TopShop and JCrew (each give 10% off your entire purchase with a student ID). Sometimes you can even get a good discount on plane tickets and a lot of buses have student prices.

Here are a few websites that list some great student discounts all around town:

So dig out your old student ID. As long as it doesn't have an expiration date on it, why not flash it around and see what you can get? I don't think I'll ever get rid of the one I have right now...until of course I'm old and I can get a Senior Citizen discount.

Student Buying Guide - Various discounts listed as well as financial advice.
Student Advantage - Buy a card, get discounts at lots of name brand stores.
Student Rate - Search for student discounts everywhere!
Globe Student Discount - Discounts plus tips.
Sta Travel and Student Universe - Two travel websites.
Student Discounts - Cheap software.


Patty said...

I love the amazon prime! I have been using it all year. I've saved the student airfare sites for the future. Have you used them specifically?

Young, Broke, and Married said...

I personally haven't used them (Nick has a Continental Credit Card and is a One Pass Member), but I have friends who have.

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