Financial Fridays: Student Discounts

Because being broke ain't no joke

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Between astronomical tuition bills, piles of textbooks to purchase, foods costs and supplies, being a college student is definitely not cheap.

Lucky for you, there are loads of companies out there that think you deserve a budgeting break.

Here are five of the best student discounts out there.

1. Amazon

Amazon’s got it all – textbooks, supplies, gadgets, you name it! And, as a college student on a strict schedule, you want to get it all as soon as possible.

But who wants to shell out a hundred bucks a year for Amazon Prime?

Fortunately, you can have your super-speedy delivery service at half the price! Amazon Student offers all the perks of Amazon Prime for just $49 a year, providing you with free 2-day shipping, access to Prime Video streaming, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and various other student discounts.

You can even try out Amazon Student free of charge, for a full six months.  When your six months are up, Amazon will ask if you want to join the student program at just $49 a year, and all you need to cash in on this bargain is a valid .edu email address. Doesn’t get much easier than that!

2. Spotify

You need your favorite tunes at your fingertips when tackling your schoolwork, but those Spotify ads take “annoying” to a whole new level. And, as a buck-watching student, you’re not paying the steep price for Spotify Premium.

Luckily for you, Spotify is happy to join the ranks of companies trying to save you money. Just for being a student, they’ll slash the Spotify Premium rates in half, to just $4.99 a month, for up to a year.

You’ll need to submit a recent transcript showing that you are currently enrolled in a school and attending classes, but then it’s hello ad-free jamming sessions!

3. Microsoft Office

Are you a fan of Microsoft Office? As a college student, you can download it for free! Just log onto Microsoft’s webpage and  input your valid student email address to download Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Your coursework just got a whole lot easier!

And it’s no free trial – once you’ve downloaded Office, the program is yours to keep.

4. Adobe

Are you pursuing a career in graphic design? Want to learn how to navigate Photoshop? It just got easier and cheaper for you! Adobe is offering eligible students access to Lightroom and Photoshop for just $9.99 a month! If you want to explore Adobe’s apps, you can do that, too, for just $19.99 a month. It’s more than just spare change, but when stacked up against the usual price for Adobe’s full package at $49.99 a month, it’s a true bargain!

5. Amtrak

Traveling home for the holidays and summer break can get expensive. Choose Amtrak for your next visit home and save big!

The transport company’s 30 train routes run through 46 states, making them a super-convenient choice for those who’d rather not fly. And lucky for you, they offer student discounts, too! You can save up to $155 on every Amtrak trip you take, as long as you’ve got a valid student ID. Make sure to book your trip three days in advance and to bring your ID – you’ll save big with every trip!