During the college years — when you most likely are paying out way more than you are taking in — getting a few financial breaks on services you are using anyway can make a substantial difference in your monthly budget.
As a college student, you qualify for significant discounts on a variety of services — such as the half-price student version of Amazon Prime and Spotify Premium with Hulu and Showtime at 50 percent the regular monthly price — and to sign up, you just need to show you’re enrolled in a school, either with an .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID and Unidays.
Beyond these deals, ask at your student bookstore for discounts on devices and software. And if you live on campus, check with your school’s housing department to see which streaming services — such as HBO Now — may be available to you at no additional charge.
In the meantime, we’ve assembled a list below of some of our favorite services that are available at a discount. And be sure to check out our suggestions for best apps for college students to save money and time.
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Student discounts on entertainment
The popular music streaming services give you break on subscriptions.
In addition to hardware discounts (see below), Apple offers its Music subscription service at half price for students. That subscription nets you access to some 50 million songs, and of course, it’s accessible on all your Apple devices.
Arguably the best student deal in the history of student deals, Spotify offers a $5 ad-free plan that includes both Hulu and Showtime. Nonstudents pay a minimum of $10, $6 and $11 per month, for a grand total of $27. That’s an awful lot of entertainment for $5. if you already have a premium account, it’s easy enough to convert to the student version. If you are part of a family plan, however, check if it would be cheaper for the family to keep you on the $14.99 plan or have you break off.
Student discounts on money management
If there’s one thing most students could use a hand with, it’s managing money.
You Need a Budget (YNAB) offers a wealth of tools and classes to that end. It normally costs $84 per year, but as a student you can get the first year absolutely free.
Financial institutions may offer student deals as well. Bank of America, for example, will waive monthly fees if you do all your banking through its banking app and ATM……….Read More>>