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One of the benefits of being a grad student is that I can still use my favorite student discounts – I may have graduated and started a full-time job long ago, but the habit to save a couple of bucks here and there has never left!
So many places these days offer a student discount – and if you don’t see it advertised, it never hurts to ask! I can’t even tell you how much I’ve saved over the years by taking advantage of these discounts. A word to the wise: don’t buy something just because you can save $5 with your student discount. It’s not “saving” money if you’re spending money you didn’t really intend to spend at all. So think carefully and only use your discount on things you actually intended to purchase, discount or not.
Here’s a few of my favorite student discounts:
- Amazon Student Prime: I loved my student prime account to death. It probably enabled some of my shopping habits rather than saving me actual money, but having 2 day shipping on my textbooks and access to Prime video was a little slice of heaven for what I paid. If you sign up via this link, you can get a FREE 6 month trial before you have to commit!
- J.Crew Factory: this definitely enabled my addiction to J.Crew, but when you make a purchase in store you just have to show your student ID and you’ll get 15% off your full price purchase. Many a shopping trips to the outlet mall are still being made while the program is still available!
- Car Insurance: my parents used this every year I was eligible while under their plan! I’m not sure if every car insurance policy offers a student discount (I used Progressive, FYI), but all I had to do was email in a transcript showing I earned grades B or higher for the semester and my parents saved a good chunk of change.
- Museum Tickets: every time I travel I make sure to pack my student ID because I’ve easily saved upwards of $20 on museum or attraction tickets!
So keep that student ID in your wallet and make good use of it at stores and when you’re out traveling. You never know when your student discounts could come in handy!