From the bare minimum costs of tuition and housing to the packets of Ramen for last-minute dinners, students’ wallets tend to be stretched as thin as possible. However, many businesses, both national and local, have special discounts and coupons in place to make things a little easier for students.
A pay-by-month subscription to Amazon Prime normally costs $12.99, but the Prime Student discount provides the first six months free of charge with the following rate of $6.49 per month. By simply using a student email when signing up, and Amazon Prime will apply the discount for free streaming, discounted two-day shipping, photo storage and more.
“I’m always on the hunt for the best deals, and student discounts are basically a necessity for us college students,” junior Rachel Walle said.
Another discount highly applicable to and well-loved by college students is the bundled deal from Spotify which includes Hulu and Showtime. Students can enjoy all three streaming services for $4.99 a month after a free three-month trial.
“I probably wouldn’t subscribe to Spotify Premium if it weren’t for the student discount, and I use it a lot now,” sophomore Everett Kirkman said.
A lot of auto insurance companies, like Nationwide and Geico, offer students discounts, or discounts that parents can use for having a student on their policy. Requirements for these vary from company to company, but many grant them for students who achieve high grades. Nationwide and Geico require a student to uphold a “B” average, but Esurance expects students to have a 3.0 overall GPA.
Software programs can be extremely beneficial for students’ educations and preparation for the workforce, but they are often pricey. Yet again, discounts are available. College students have free access to Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and Microsoft Teams. Similarly, there is a 60% discount available for Adobe Creative Cloud for the first year, which includes programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator, for $19.99 a month rather than $52.99. On top of that, some departments — such as Harding’s Department of Communication — offer the full suite to their students for free.
“I’ve been able to grow my design knowledge and skills with Adobe,” junior Jared Heyen said. “The student discount makes it a lot more affordable than it would be otherwise.”
This list scratches the surface of student discounts that are available. When in doubt, students should check into discounts created specifically for them to save a few — or more than a few — dollars.