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Consumer Reports: Save with student discounts

Posted at 3:00 AM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 08:37:27-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Like many students on a fixed budget, Nadine Schiefer is always on the hunt for bargains.

“When it comes to student discounts, I usually use them on clothing purchases," says Schiefer.

If you’re shopping for clothes at stores, like Banana Republic, Madewell and Club Monaco, there are special student discounts as much as 15%. Club Monaco will give you the same 15% with online purchases. As will J. Crew, and Levi’s.

“Of course, you have to prove you are a student, either by producing a student ID at the register or an EDU email address," says Consumer Reports Money Editor Tobie Stanger.

Apple computers rarely go on sale, but the company offers an education discount that’s open to all students, faculty and staff! And for mobile phones, ring up savings at Sprint and AT&T which offer students from certain colleges special savings.

“Of course, students have to eat. Chain restaurants typically do not offer student discounts. But, a local franchise might. So, it doesn’t hurt to ask," says Stanger.

Students can also save on transportation. 15% or more off on Amtrak for students 13 to 25 traveling on certain lines. And don’t forget apps and memberships like Amazon Prime Student, Unidays, and I-D-dot-ME. Some are free to join and careful research on their sites can uncover some gems.

And here’s a discount which can benefit parents of students buying a car that’s if the parents are thinking of helping with the purchase or lease. General Motors offers thousands off on a new car purchase, reduced lease prices and deferred payments for 90 days on Chevrolets, Buicks and GMC vehicles if the student makes the purchase.