College is expensive enough, why not take advantage of the student discounts offered? These are easy to gift to your student. Since I’ll be starting grad school in the fall, I’ve wasted no time in taking my .edu email for a test drive. You’ll need one in most cases to be verified for eligibility to receive the discounts. Here are a few of my favorites.
I had quite a few books to order for my MFA in Creative Writing – talk about a long reading list – the prices on Amazon were very competitive and the free two-day shipping sealed the deal. No lines at the college bookstore for me. The Prime Now feature delivers food from nearby grocery stores or items from the Amazon store within a matter of hours for free (you are expected to tip). I like their Instant Video offerings but since I have Netflix and Hulu, I don’t use it as much. You can sign your student up for a free six-month trial to try it out with no obligation and can cancel anytime. I’m on month three of my free trial and have used it more than I expected. If your student is out-of-state without a car on campus, could come in handy to get those items not stocked in the campus store.
Amazon Prime for Students = $49/year (50% off Prime)
Apple Music and Spotify for Students
The two music streaming giants are priced the same for students at $4.99/mo as opposed to $9.99/mo without the discount. Which one to get really depends on your student’s preference. My daughter likes Apple Music because she can purchase music on iTunes that isn’t available on Apple Music and integrate it into her Apple Music playlist. If it’s not available on Spotify, it’s not available. I tend to like Spotify because they offer a free version and you can keep your playlist whether you have premium service or not. I tried the Apple Music 3-month free trial and once it was over, so was my playlist. When I tried a month at the student discount rate, I had to recreate my playlist all over again. You don’t get the three months free promo with the Apple Music student discount, you’d have to do the promo, cancel and then purchase the student membership.
If you’re in the market for electronics, you’ll want to have your student sign up for Best Buy’s College Shopping Deals. It’s a newsletter that sends out coupons, I haven’t figured out the frequency yet, seems like it comes every month or two. Recent deals included 10% off calculators (although I have to say, I had to buy my daughter a graphing calculator and found Target had the best price), $125 off certain Macs, etc.
The Apple Store also offers education discounts to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels. They have a promo for free Beats wireless headphones with the purchase of any Mac or iPad Pro.
Evernote for Students
Evernote is a great app for organizing notes and your thoughts. It’s app that is available across platforms, web, phone and tablet. Your student will definitely want to check it out. You can clip articles from the web, dictate notes, create to-do lists, save photos and pdfs and organize them into notebooks. My favorite feature is the ability to set a reminder on a note. I use it to remind me for scholarship deadlines.
There’s a free version (basic) and they also have a student discount of $35, 50% off the premium version. Some of the features of premium version include more memory and access on unlimited platforms. The free version only allows two access on two platforms.
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