With the fall semester just a little more than a month away, now
is the time to take advantage of back-to-school deals for yourself
or your college student. All deals, however, are not equal.
Computers and Gadgets
Personal preference and brand loyalty play a role in most purchases
of laptops, desktops, and tablets, but almost every big brand
offers student discounts for those operating on a college budget.
Until September 6, students purchasing
) iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro will receive a $100
gift card. For purchases of the 4, 4S, and 5 model iPhone and the
iPad 2, Mini, or current-gen iPad, students receive a $50 gift
Only college students may take advantage of these deals, but
faculty, teachers, and staff at any grade level are also eligible.
) deals are only accessible with a .edu email address, but the
variety here is far greater than Apple's offerings.
For touchscreen PCs and tablets from the likes of
), and more, students receive an $80 discount. Add in the $20
discount on the accompanying 4-year subscription to Office 365
University and savings total $100.
The 49 applicable products range in price from $359 to $2,249,
making the $100 savings from Microsoft a greater percentage
discount than Apple's in some cases, and a lesser one in others.
Additionally, those with a .edu email address can redeem a code for
10% off a Surface RT, which could amount to $49.90, $59.90 or
$69.90 depending on storage space and the inclusion of a cover. A
32GB Surface RT without a case will get knocked down to roughly
$449, while a current-gen, Wi-Fi, 32GB iPad will run students $599
less the $50 Apple gift card received in return.
(OTCMKTS:LNVGY) Academic Purchase Program offers discounts of up to
35% on computers, and the Sony Education Store also offers up to
10% discounts on select cameras, PCs, and its Xperia Tablet Z.
Ultimately, there's plenty of cash to be saved when it comes to
stocking up on tech for the upcoming school year.
Cell phone providers tend to offer deals on a varying basis for
partnering schools. If your school is partnered with a specific
provider, cutting a couple of bucks off each monthly bill can
certainly add up over time.
(S) student discounts vary by school, but roughly 10% is discounted
from monthly bills.
(VZ) student rate offers 8-10% off monthly charges and $35 back for
new customers. At Vanderbilt, for example, a partnership with
Verizon enables students to receive a 10% discount and employees to
get a 20% discount on monthly bills.
(TMUS) offers a discount at a going rate of 6% at participating
(T) rates differ from campus to campus.
If you utilize a family plan, changing wireless providers for the
student in the family in order to receive one of these discounts
may not be worth the hassle. However, if you'll be footing your
personal phone bill while at school, verifying which companies your
school is partnered with should only take a matter of minutes.
If you'll be taking a car to school, or are shopping for one to
bring on campus, there is also money to be saved.
(GM) offers hundreds or even thousands of dollars off select Chevy,
Buick, and GMC vehicles for current students and recent graduates.
And when it comes time to insure your set of wheels, there are
plenty of options to choose from.
If you're confident in your academic abilities, maintaining at
least a "B" average will get you up to 15% off from Geico, up to
(ALL), up to 25% off from State Farm, and a reduction in costs from
(TRV) and Esurance.
Food and Clothing
Everybody eats, and nobody does it better than college students.
At participating Subway,
(BKW) restaurants, benefits ranging from free drinks to a 10%
discount off your bill are available with the presentation of a
valid student ID.
With all those food deals, some new clothes may be in order.
Luckily, stores like J.Crew, Banana Republic (GPS), and
(ANN) offer student discounts of up to 20%.
If you only take away one money-saving strategy from this article,
let it be this: Absolutely, positively do not buy textbooks from
the on-campus store. The convenient ordering and pickup system is
not worth the hundreds of extra dollars that will be spent.
Searching your required textbooks by title or ISBN number will
likely pull up a number of retailers that offer them at
substantially lower costs than the student store.
Barnes & Noble
(AMZN) are safe bets, but with sites like
offering textbook rentals, there are more deals to be found.
Some textbook publishers also allow you to rent digital copies of
books (the text will disappear from your library at the end of the
semester), which often cost less than the print version anyway.