Heading back to school this fall? Many students struggle to keep their bank balance in the black, but there are a few student discounts that can help to soften the blow of big expenses like textbooks and tuition.
If you're a student (or a parent of a student), then this list of student deals and discounts is a must-read. Our list includes the best student deals for tech, travel, food, and much more.
Student Discounts on Tech
Apple is a perennial feature on roundups of the best deals for students. Although the official back-to-school sale is MIA this summer, Apple still offers year-round educational savings for students and educators. In 2015, Apple will offer savings of up to $200 for Macs, and up to $20 for iPads for qualified students. Education pricing is available to college students, students accepted to college, parents buying for college students, faculty, homeschool teachers, and staff at all grade levels.
Microsoft's featured deals for students in 2015 are a bit less impressive, but students who were planning on getting a new Surface 3 tablet can save 10 percent off the list price. Students can also get Office 365 and Visual Studio Professional 2013 for free.
But arguably the coolest student tech deal this year is Dell's back to school promotion. Students can get a free 32" LG LED TV worth $279.99 with the purchase of select PCs costing $699.99 and up. If you need a TV to bring to your dorm room, this might be the right deal for you.
Travel Deals for Students
Students often have the need to travel. Whether you're traveling home for the weekend, leaving for a semester abroad, or getting a head start on Spring Break planning, one of the following travel deal sources might help.
For air travel, students should check out the exclusive student deals from American Airlines. The discount is generally five percent, which isn't huge, but it can be a big help for cash-strapped travelers.
For students taking the bus, check out Greyhound. The Greyhound student discount card entitles the bearer to 20% off unrestricted walk-up fares, plus 40 percent on package shipping via Greyhound.
Traveling abroad? One great deal to know about if you are heading to Europe is the Eurail Youth Pass, which can save students and travelers under the age of 26 a whopping 35% off the adult fare.
If you prefer to travel by car, it might surprise you to know that student discounts can even apply to automobile purchases. GM offers a college discount program that can save you thousands. The promotions vary by region, but student discounts can usually be combined with any ongoing promotional offers for even greater savings.
Student Discounts for Clothes
Lots of big name retailers offer a student discount. When in doubt, just ask about any discounts at the register, and be prepared to show your valid student ID. One notable retailer that offers a student discount is Banana Republic, which offers a flat 15% off full-priced purchases.
If you love clothes (or just need to start buying some "grown up" clothes in anticipation of graduation), you should also check out UniDays, a student-only rewards program that offers varying discounts depending on where you shop. Popular brands that offer UniDays student discounts include ASOS, Levi's, ModCloth, Dockers, and Ann Taylor.
Student Discounts on Groceries & Dining
If your college or university happens to be near a Sam's Club, you should definitely sign up for a membership and take advantage of bulk deals on essential items. Students are entitled to student membership for just $45, and can immediately score a $15 gift card to spend in-store. Between the free gift card and the bulk savings, the membership pays for itself pretty fast.
Another money-saving grocery tip for students is Amazon Student, a free six-month trial of Amazon Prime. This is a great way for students to get free two-day shipping on Amazon Pantry items like ramen, snacks, Pop-tarts, textbooks, or pretty much anything else Amazon sells.
If you don't have a car on campus, Amazon Student makes it easy to get your groceries delivered to you. Plus, you can take the time you would have spent driving and shopping and devote it to studying. You'll also be eligible for sweepstakes, giveaways, and contests that are limited to Amazon Student members. You can sign up here. Students can also receive a $10 credit for referring friends to Amazon Student via email and social networks, with no limit on the number of referrals made.
One last tip for dining on the cheap? Look out for Restaurant Week in your city or town, whenever that may fall. Local restaurants will generally offer a fixed price menu with three courses for much less than a meal would normally cost. It's a great way to dine out on even the tightest student budget. For example, Seattle's Restaurant Week returns this fall, with 165 participating restaurants offering three course meals for $30.
Student Discount Cards
To get student-only discounts at various retailers here and around the world, there are a couple of student discount cards worth checking out. One of the most well known is Student Advantage. Founded in 1992, Student Advantage saves students between 10 percent and 20% on travel, top national brands, and even some restaurants in select markets. Partners include Lyft, Lenovo, Sports Illustrated, Target, and Foot Locker.
Another cool student discount card is the International Student Identity Card. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the only internationally recognized proof of full-time student status issued in over 130 countries. Cardholders can get discounts on travel, dining, entertainment, school supplies, or even educational expenses.
Readers, have you ever used a student discount card? Was it worth it? Dish about your best student discount finds in the comments section below!