Keep That Student ID

Everyone knows that college students tend to not be in the best financial situation as they attempt to further their education.  For this reason, there are literally hundreds of promotions run by all kinds of different companies in every area of the market, all designed to help those that are college-bound save money.

In fact, student discounts can sometime sbe such good opportunities, that people who are no longer students will go to great extents to obtain these deals- making fake IDs, taking a single community college course, or finding a way to get a .edu email address have all been tried.  While it's certainly not a good idea to lie about your current educational situation, if you truly are going to college, then it's a great idea to start taking advantage of the better prices and quotes you can get.  There are almost always ways for you to get better prices when you are a student, too many to list, however, there are a few consistent perks that it's always good to look into.


Every college kid these days has a laptop, and if you don't have one, chances are you want one.  Luckily, there are a bunch of different promotions available, whether you are a PC or Mac guy.  If you like Macs, then Apple generally runs an annual deal where if you buy particular Macbook models, you get a free $100 Apple gift card, which can be used for either various electronic products like an iPad or iPod, as well as for digital downloads from the iTunes store.  On the Windows side, the deals are a bit more spread out depending on what brand you are going after.  In 2012, there was a rather across-the-board promotion where the buyer was given a free Xbox 360 with select laptop models.  Similar deals tend to pop up annually.

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Amazon Prime

If you haven't looked into the awesome program that is Amazon Prime, then you're missing out big time, even if you aren't a student.  The list of perks associated with Amazon is both valuable and growing.  For instance, you get free two-day shipping on all Amazon orders, regardless of order size, a feature you didn't realize how much you would use until you have it.

Amazon Prime normally costs $79 a year.  However, if you are a student, you get six months free.  After that, you can pay 50% off that price, and get all the full benefits of a standard membership.  This means that you will also get access to Prime Instant Videos, a Netflix-like service where you can stream thousands of movies or TV shows, all without commercials.  At first Amazon took some absue about the poor selection, but that was mostly subsidized as their library of free content continues to grow.  Furthermore, you'll get a chance to rent one book a month for free from the Kindle lending library, a growing selection of books.

Adobe Software

Adobe software is known for being very expensive.  Recently, they have made the switch from being $600-700 per product (as in just for Photoshop or whatever you may want) to being a flat monthly fee called the Adobe Creative Cloud.  The Adobe Creative Cloud gives you access to all of the new Adobe products, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, etc. for $49.99 per month, per person.  However, if you are a student, this price is reduced to $29.99- a 40% discount on perhaps the best, most advanced bundle of professional software!

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