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Using Your Student Status to Save Money

Every penny counts in this economy, especially when you are a student trying to cover the cost of tuition and everyday living expenses. Your education is an investment in the future, but it can start paying off before you even earn your degree or certificate.

Being a student makes you eligible for savings from a number of retailers on things ranging from candy to computers to cars. Many will not advertise their student discounts, so be sure to ask wherever you go and always keep your student ID handy. Here is a list of just a few of the discounts available to students:

Amazon: Student discounts include free Amazon Prime shipping benefits for six months, free two-day shipping on millions of items, and free release-date delivery on video games, DVDs, books, and more.

Academic Superstore: You will find discounts on thousands of top hardware and full-version software, including Adobe, Microsoft, Sony Media Software, Sibelius, and Wacom.

Apple: Apple offers special education pricing on Apple computers, software, and select third party products.

Microsoft: Microsoft also offers special discounts and savings for student and educators.

Having a Student Advantage Discount Card can also save you a lot of money. For just $20.00, students can buy the card and get deep discounts to many retailers and businesses. Here is a list of businesses that have student discounts. Many are only granted with the Student Advantage Discount Card. – 20% OFF

1800Baskets – 20% OFF

Alamo Rental Cars – Up to 20% OFF

Alltel – SAVE up to $100 on cell phones

AlX Armani Exchange – 15% OFF Online

AMC Theatres® - Up to 40% OFF pre-paid tickets

Amtrak – SAVE 15% on Rail Fares

Apple Online Store – Save up to $100 on a New Mac and printer

Barnes & – SAVE up to 45% – SAVE 10% – $15 OFF purchases of $75 or more – Additional $20 OFF a three night stay – Additional 10% OFF

Champs Sports – $10 OFF Purchases of $50 or More

CheapTickets – Up to $40 OFF qualifying flight + hotel packages

Cheryl's – 10% OFF

Choice Hotels International – 15% OFF participating hotels – 15% OFF your order (exclusions apply)

Dollar Rent A Car – SAVE 5%-25% on car rentals – SAVE 10% at – 10% OFF plus FREE shipping

EF College Break – SAVE $95 on tours

EMS – 15% OFF In-Store

Fannie May Chocolates – 15% OFF

Foot Locker – $10 OFF Purchases of $50 or More

Footaction – $10 OFF Purchases of $50 or More

Greyhound – 20% OFF Standard Fares: Walk-Up and Online

Greyhound Package Express – 40% OFF Nationwide Package Shipping – 20% OFF

Karmaloop – 10% OFF orders of $100 or more

Lady Foot Locker – $10 OFF Purchases of $50 or More

Lenovo Thinkpad – SAVE 35%

Liftopia Additional – $10 OFF Lift Tickets

National Car Rental – Up to 20% OFF

Nextel – SAVE up to $100 on cell phones

Orbitz – Up to $40 OFF qualifying flight + hotel packages

Pearle Vision – Up to 25% OFF

PEOPLE Magazine – Over 30% OFF

Rugby Ralph Lauren – 15% OFF + Free Shipping

The Sharper Image – $10 OFF online orders of $100 or more – 15% OFF plus Free Shipping – 10% OFF

Sprint – SAVE up to $100 on cell phones

Student Travel Services (STS) – $120 OFF Caribbean pck & $10 OFF Florida /Hotel only pck – Up to 85% OFF over 800 Magazine Titles – Up to 10% OFF

The Popcorn Factory – 10% OFF

T-Mobile – 10% OFF recurring charges

Topman – 10% OFF

Toshiba Direct – Up to 25% OFF list price – 20% OFF TuitionCoach annual subscription

Verizon Wireless – SAVE up to $100 on cell phones – Get 10% OFF all orders

Whether you're heading back to school or traveling with friends, the Student Advantage® Discount Card is your ticket to discounts on a number of items, including travel and shipping.

Michelle Knoll

Michelle Knoll is a freelance writer based out of the Twin Cities with more than 15 years experience writing for local media outlets and other various organizations. She can be reached at

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