The perks of being a college student

Nicole King

Ah, the privileges of being a college student. Things like sleeping until noon, days off in the middle of the week and hanging with friends every day aren’t missed until they’re gone.

It’s a mix of stressful studying and partying pleasure that end up as an experience to remember for the rest of your life.

However, the other thing no student can forget about is the constant expenses from tuition, books, etc. It is becoming more common for students to find themselves in a black hole of debt. It seems like the one thing all students share within their school experience is balancing and managing their finances.

Luckily, many companies, franchises and websites are offering their help by providing students with some special saving deals and discounts. Here’s a list of student steals that offer some very nice advantages.

1. Amazon
Students get six months of Amazon Prime for free with an .edu email address. After your free trial, your membership will upgrade to Amazon Prime for 50 percent off regular price and can be canceled at any time.

2. Apple
There are plenty of student deals going on at Apple. For starters, you’ll save up to $200 on your new Mac under the education pricing. If you buy a new Mac, you’ll get an extra $100 credit to spend on products from the Apple Store. If you buy a new phone, you get an extra $50 credit.

3. Car insurance
Insurance providers such as Allstate, Geico and State Farm offer between 15 and 25 percent off for drivers under age 25 with good grades.

4. Movie theaters
You’ll get a lower price on Thursdays at participating AMC theaters when you bring your student ID. Other theaters like Edwards and Cinema City offer $5 discount days and $4 movies before noon.

5. Best Buy
Just enter your .edu email address at bestbuy.com under their college student deals section to receive coupon codes sent directly to you. Promotional codes may be entered online or coupon’s may be brought to the store.

6. Clothing
Companies like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and J.Crew all offer 15 percent off discounts for students with a school ID or an .edu email address when shopping online.

Whether you’re gearing up for your first day on campus or counting the days until graduation, make sure to take advantage of your status as a student while it lasts.

Reach into your wallet and pull out your student ID and embrace it like it’s a long-lost friend. This little piece of plastic is your most useful ally for saving money until you walk on stage and snatch your diploma. And don’t forget about that .edu email which is your second form of student verification. Consider it a different form of financial aid.