Attention students (and parents): Discounts abound at places other than museums. Yes, even big name retailers give students a break.
For students aged 16 and up, the $20 Student Advantage
card is well worth the money. For example, cardholders instantly save 15% on Amtrak travel, which cuts the price for an average Washington D.C. to New York City trip by nearly $22, to $122.40 from $144. The card also nets savings on more than 70 national brands, including Armani Exchange (15% off online purchases), T-Mobile (10%), Target.com ($7 off $70, plus free shipping when applicable), and 1800Flowers.com (20% discount). A complete list of national brand participants is available on the site.
Student discounts unrelated to the Student Advantage card are offered by other national chains, as well. Don't be shy about flashing your student ID card or .edu email address.
The best student discounts in technology.
Mac and PC users can find sweet deals on equipment and accessories. The Apple Education Store offers students, faculty, and staff discounts up to $200 on new Mac computers. Incoming college freshmen (or the parent of one) and teachers/professors are eligible for a $100 App Store gift card, while an iPhone or iPad purchase earns a $50 App Store gift card. (Look for participating Apple
stores before making a purchase.)
Dell offers a similar program. Students who spend $699 or more on a PC from a select list are rewarded with a $200 e-gift card. At Microsoftstore.com
, students and staff automatically save 10% on Microsoft products by providing their .edu email address.
The best student discounts in clothing. Take advantage of student discounts when updating your wardrobe. Show a valid school ID at J. Crew, Banana Republic, Madewell, and The Limited stores and watch 15% of the total magically disappear. Note, however, that only some stores participate (so check before setting out) and The Limited student discount cannot be used along with other coupons.
Ann Taylor stores shave 20% off the purchase price when checking out with a student ID. Club Monaco, a high-end retailer of men's and women's clothing, offers student discounts worth 20% for online and in-store purchases. A splurge here becomes manageable by entering an .edu email address in exchange for a code when shopping online or by showing your student ID at checkout.
Resale chain Goodwill, where many items are already priced in the single digits, offers 10% off. Be prepared to show a student ID or opt for a rewards card and indicate a student affiliation.
The best student discounts in food and entertainment. Although not highly publicized, many well known food chains, such as Burger King, McDonalds, Subway, Dairy Queen, Waffle House, Pizza Hut, and Domino's, offer student discounts in select areas (typically college towns).
In the mood to see a movie? Wait until Thursdays, when AMC Theaters cut prices for students with proper ID.
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