By Martha Karn
Being a student offers a lot more benefits than just a great education with the promise of a great career. While you are a student, your student ID card is your ticket to a lot of awesome discounts, not to mention tons of free stuff. Never be afraid to ask if there is a student discount, because if you have that ID card, you might be able to save a lot of money on books, clothing, and even groceries and other things you use every day. Here are eight cool things you can get with your student ID.
- Anything on Amazon
The Amazon Student program lets you get free two-day shipping on eligible items, unlimited digital photo storage, and other awesome offers. This is a free trial period. If you want to upgrade to Amazon Student Prime, you can do it for 50% off the normal price.
Many of the most popular clothing stores offer discounts to students who show their student ID cards. Get discounts at Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Club Monaco, Madewell, and more. Discounts usually range from 10 to 20 percent. Some are online or in-store discounts, while others are online only.
As a student, you need your tech gadgets, and tech manufacturers and retailers want to make sure that you can afford the gadgets you need. Companies such as Apple offer a variety of student discounts. You can also get better deals on software when you are a student, such as 60 percent off Adobe Creative Cloud (great if you are a design major).
- Phone Plans
Chances are that your cell phone is never more than a few feet away, and you likely use it frequently. You need to have an affordable phone plan. Students at eligible schools are eligible for discounts from Sprint and AT&T, with discounts ranging from 10 percent to 23 percent, which can add up to a lot over time.
There is likely going to come a time when you need a prescription, and you might be surprised to find out just how expensive most medications are. “Many pharmacies do offer student discounts for prescriptions and other items. There may also be special plans you can get on through your school that will make it cheaper to have prescriptions filled,” says Dr. Pedram Bral.
If you love takeout food, but don’t like the prices, you can still enjoy your favorite treats, and save money by showing your student ID. Many franchises offer student discounts, and you will also find that many locally-owned and operated establishments also offer discounts to their student clientele.
Just because you are a student on a tight budget, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t feel entitled to go out and enjoy yourself once in a while. There are many entertainment venues that offer student discounts. Often, you can find discounts on concerts, plays, etc., and of course, there is often free entertainment happening around campus. Keep your student ID handy when you go out so you can spend less and still have fun.
If you own a car, you can use your student ID to get discounts on everything from gas to insurance. To get a discount on insurance, you will need to show proof that you are a student, which generally involves sending in a copy of your transcript. If you are considering buying a car, visit a General Motors dealership and ask about their student discount program. If you don’t want the expense of owning a car, your student ID will save you money on public transportation.
Martha Karn develops online educational courses and writes for students.