100 great deals for students in 2018

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August 28, 2018
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100 great deals for students in 2018

Children aren’t cheap: As of 2015, it’ll cost about $233,000 to raise offspring to the age of 17. Tack on $25,000 to $50,000 a year on average for college expenses and things really start heating up. In fact, getting an education can be expensive for everyone involved, including parents, students, and educators. Thankfully, companies often give academic discounts on useful products and services. Students, and sometimes faculty and parents, can get discounts on everything from food and clothing to furniture and laptops.

Some places only require a valid student ID—think movie theaters, restaurants, and some retail stores. Companies online often validate student status with an .edu email or with registration through identify verification sites like UNiDAYS, Student Beans, or ID.Me. UNiDAYS and Student Beans also list partnered companies to make it easier for students to find discounts.

To find the best deals, Stacker scoured back-to-school sales from Amazon, Target, and office supplies sites. We also checked lists from news organizations, museums, and travel sites for student discounts. Click through to find places to save for parents, teachers, and students from kindergarten to college.

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Free Beats headphones

Purchase a Mac or an iPad Pro for college and get free Beats headphones. Beats Solo 3 Wireless, Powerbeats 3, or Beats X headphones come with the purchase of a Mac. The Beats X or the Powerbeats 3 headphones come with an iPad purchase. The deal ends Sept. 25.  

While Apple doesn’t ask for verification to prove eligibility for the education discount, if someone is audited they will have to provide evidence.

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Apple education discounts

Apple education pricing is available to recently accepted or current college students, parents buying for college students, faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers. The discount includes up to $200 off a qualifying Mac and 20% off AppleCare, among other deals.

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Apple Music

College students can get a monthly subscription to Apple Music for $4.99, 50% off the standard monthly fee. The subscription gives users access to 45 million songs.

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Washington Post

With a valid .edu email address, current K-12 teachers along with full-time and part-time U.S. college students, graduate students, faculty, and staff can get an academic rate of $5 per month for a digital subscription to the Washington Post.

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The New York Times

Students and educators can get discounts on digital and home delivery from The New York Times. A basic subscription for students is available for $1 per week and educators get up to 50% off. The discount is available with a valid education email address.

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The Wall Street Journal

With a verified academic email address, students can get a 15-week digital subscription to The Wall Street Journal for $1 per week. An annual subscription is $49.

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Microsoft Office

With a valid school email address, students and educators can use Office 365 Education for free. Access includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, and other classroom tools.

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Retailers are discounting products and shipping to court back-to-school shoppers. Jet has a detailed back-to-school section with deals under $5. Customers get free shipping on orders above $35.

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Best Buy

Until Sept. 1, Best Buy is offering a bevy of tech deals geared toward students. Get $150 off a MacBook or $100 off an HP or Lenovo. Students of all ages can sign up for discounts.

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The shipping giant has a whole section dedicated to back-to-school items with suggestions for and from parents, teachers, and students. Pick from featured items or scroll through based on price.

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Amazon College Bookstore

College students can get deals on new or used textbooks through Amazon’s College Bookstore.

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Amazon Prime discount

College students get a free six-month trial to Amazon Prime. After the trial runs out, students continue to get a discounted rate of $6.49 monthly for four years.  

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Staples: backpacks

Get 25% off certain Staples-branded backpacks.  

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Staples: supplies

Staples has also lowered prices on products like glue, notebooks, and rulers.


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Target: uniforms

Target offers $4 polos and $8 pants for student uniforms. Shirts come in 12 different colors.


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JC Penney: school clothes

Until Sept. 15, JC Penney is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more for kids’ clothing and accessories.

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Get a 24-pack of crayons by Up&Up for $0.25 at Target.

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A 10-count set of Up&Up washable markers are $0.50 at Target.

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2-pocket folders

Stock up on 2-pocket folders at Target. Pick from 10 different colors for $0.50 each. Office Depot is selling its 2-pocket folders for $0.15.

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Pencil holder

A 12-pack of wooden pencils is $0.75 at Office Depot. A box to store them in only costs $1.

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Crayola products

Get a 12-pack of Crayola colored pencils for $1 at Office Depot. A 24-pack of Crayola crayons are only $0.50.

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3-prong folders

Office Depot-brand 3-prong folders are $0.35 each.

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Spiral notebooks

Grab a 140-page spiral Just Basics notebook for $0.25 from Office Depot.

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College students and teachers get 15% off until Sept. 10 at Tom’s, which donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased.

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Zipcar provides vehicle services at more than 600 universities. Using Zipcar can also help students get around without having to cover a car payment and insurance. Students 18 or older just need a valid driver’s licence to join. Through UniDAYS, students can get a $25 driving credit, apply for a $15 student membership, and pay no application fee.

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Students can get discounts on services that can help them advertise. For those preparing for a job post-college, Moo offers a 15% discount on business cards and other products.

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Sam’s Club

Get a $15 e-card when you set up a Collegiate Membership with Sam’s Club. The account is verified through UNiDAYS.

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After registering with UNiDAYS, college students can get 15% off online orders at Levi’s. Until Aug. 27, order online and get men's 511 Slim jeans from $42 and women's 700 Series jeans from $36.

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Lenovo offers up to a 10% discount on your entire order for actively enrolled college students, teachers, and administrators. The site verifies academic status through ID.Me. Shop for student bundles on the site and receive a $100 Southwest voucher until Sept. 19.

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Students can get up to $65 off of cyber security software from Norton on their first year’s subscription. Register with Student Beans to verify status.

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Teachers and students 13 or older get more than a 60% discount on Adobe’s Creative Cloud, which includes tools for graphic design, photography, and video editing. Those with a school-issued email address are instantly verified. For those without an official email—like home-schooled students—additional verification is required.  

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StudentUniverse is a travel site that works with companies to negotiate deals geared toward those aged 18 to 25. The site will also help organize trips for groups of 10 or more. Sign up with an email and a college or university name to verify student status.

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College students can save 10% on Greyhound bus fares with a $20 Student Advantage card. Children traveling with adults never pay full price.

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Amtrak: Midwest

Amtrak ended its general 10% discount for students earlier this year, but those traveling in the Midwest still get a deal. With a valid student ID, those aged 13 to 25 can get 15% off an adult coach fare through March 31, 2019.

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Amtrak: New York

With a valid student ID, New Yorkers aged 13 to 25 are also eligible for 15% off the lowest value or flexible fare when they book a ticket at least three days in advance for travel within the state. Some travel days are excluded.

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International Student Identity Card

The International Student Identity Card is recognized around the globe. Check the ISIC website for deals from bike rentals in Central Park to art museums in Amsterdam. The card costs $20 and delivery when ordering online can take up to a month. To qualify, students have to submit a digital photo, a scanned copy of proof of full-time student status that shows the date of issue—like an enrollment letter—and a scanned copy of proof of identity—like a passport or driver’s license.

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Those 27 and younger can get a 20% discount when riding the train through Europe with the Eurail Youth Pass. Use the discount to travel through a single country or explore up to 28.

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Students who register with UNiDAYS get $5 off a Megabus ticket. The bus service isn’t offered everywhere in the U.S., so check routes to see where to travel.

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Bed Bath and Beyond

Sign up with an .edu email and get a coupon for 20% off an entire purchase from Bed Bath and Beyond with its College Savings Pass through Dec. 31, 2019. Online orders get free shipping.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering 25% off select backpacks and bags. For school athletes, the site is taking up to 50% off select cleats.

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High Sierra Loop Backpack

Pick from 26 different designs and pay less than $35 for the High Sierra Loop Backpack on Amazon. This pack, recommended by the Chicago Tribune, is great for college students who also might take a weekend camping trip or those who have a lot of different supplies to lug around.

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SanDisk 128GB USB Flash Drive

The Chicago Tribune also added the SanDisk Ultra Flair 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive to their Amazon deals for back-to-school. This external hard drive offers the added security of password protection and is currently $50 off the list price.  

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Discover Books

Use the code APPLE18 until Aug. 31 and save 20% on online purchases of four or more books at Discover Books. Shipping is free.

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Better World Books

For students who want to buy used books for school, check out Better World Books. Get classics like “The Great Gatsby” for less than $4. Use the code BACKTOSCHOOL18 to get 10% off a purchase of two or more books. Shipping is free in the U.S.

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AddALL.com doesn’t offer a specific deal for students, but it compares more than 40 websites to show users the best price on books, magazines, movies, and more. It shows if books are new or used, when an item will ship and how much shipping will cost based on location.

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Children 16 and under are always free at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and some area college students get in for a lower price. Check with the museum to see which schools and universities get discounted admission to MoMA.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

New York offers a variety of deals for students, including a discounted rate at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. With a valid ID, students 12 and older can walk among the greenery for $8, almost a 50% discount. Children under 12 are free.

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California Academy of Sciences

Students on the West Coast who want to walk through a rainforest, peruse an aquarium, or learn about space in a planetarium can get a discount at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Students aged 12 to 17 and college students with a valid ID can get $5 off the regular ticket price of $39.95. Children 4 to 11 get $10 off.  

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Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago offers children and student discounts for day entry or passes for regular visits. Children under 14 are free, while those 14 to 17 and college students with a valid ID get $6 off the $25 regular price. Students who are residents of Chicago or Illinois get an additional $5 and $3 off, respectively.

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Some AMC locations give a discount to students, so check local theaters before buying a ticket. Children ages 2 to 12 always get a discount, though rates may vary. The theater’s best deal is $5 tickets on Tuesdays for everyone with an AMC membership.

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Discounts vary by location, but Regal often gives a lower rate to students with a valid ID. Check individual theaters to see if they offer a deal. Don’t forget about checking with local independent theaters too.

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Epic Pass

Those planning to ski or snowboard more than four days out of the year should sign up for one of the college Epic Passes. Pass holders get unlimited skiing at Vail resorts like Breckenridge in Colorado and Park City in Utah. Some cheaper passes—with restrictions—are also available.

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Aspen Snowmass

Those aged 7 to 17 and college students 18 to 24 can get a season pass to Aspen Snowmass in Colorado for $679, which is $1,220 off the standard price. Students must be enrolled in an accredited four-year university to qualify for the college pass.

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Copper Mountain

Want to go to a smaller resort? At a price of $369, college students and teens get a $100 discount on a season pass to Colorado’s Copper Mountain. College students verify their eligibility by providing an academic email and university name.

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Students get 20% off plus free shipping with a $60 purchase after verifying with UNiDAYS. Customers can also get a voucher from H&M when they bring in a bag of any brand of clothing to recycle. Deals vary from store to store, so ask the cashier for details.

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North Face

The North Face also offers deals for clothing recycling. Bring in used clothing and footwear, no matter the brand or condition, to get a $10 reward towards a purchase of $100 or more, which isn’t a difficult amount to spend at the outdoor shop.

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People Tree

The sustainable and fair-trade fashion brand People Tree offers a 15% off discount with verification through Student Beans. The clothing company offers dresses, activewear, footwear, and more.  

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Students get 10% off all year at clothing retailer Topshop with a Student Beans registration. For a limited time, students can get 20% off.

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While it might seem strange to ask for a discount at a thrift store, Goodwill offers 10% off to those with a valid student ID every Thursday. The store is great for finding used housewares and furniture for a new dorm room or college apartment.

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For lovers of second-hand items who don’t want to peruse the used goods themselves, sign up for a “Goody Box” from the online used clothing store ThredUp. Customers deposit a non-refundable $10 to get a box with 10 customized options starting at $20 per piece. The deposit goes toward anything purchased.

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College students get discounts at a lot of restaurants, including the home of the $5 footlong. Subway takes 10% off for students with a valid ID.

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Home Chef

Get 55% off the first meal order kit with Home Chef by registering with Student Beans. The weekly meal delivery kits include prepared recipes, fresh ingredients, and detailed instructions.

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Students get a 15% discount off their first box with HelloFresh, another meal kit delivery service, through UNiDAYS. The company offers meal plans for vegetarians and larger groups as well.

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Banana Republic

A lot of retail stores give students a discount, so it’s always worth a try to flash a student ID before making a purchase. For a guaranteed discount when in person, Banana Republic offers 15% off to students and teachers with a valid ID.

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Chrome Industries

Students who are into urban cycling can sign up with Student Beans to get 25% off at Chrome Industries. Chrome offers rugged, comfortable backpacks that are great for commuting with laptops and books. Shoes and clothing are also available with the discount.

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L.L. Bean

Until Aug. 29, L.L. Bean is offering 25% off packs along with kids’ clothing and shoes. Get 40% off deluxe book packs.

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Little Critter backpack

These personalized packs are good starter bags for kindergarten students. Personal Creations is currently offering them for $19.99, a $25 discount.

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Plastic pencil case

All kids need a place to store their pens, pencils, and other school supplies. Get a personalized plastic case for $9.99—a $5 price cut—at Personal Creations. 

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Get pants, sneakers, and tops for a discount during the back-to-school sale at kids clothing store Gymboree. Shipping and returns are free.

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JC Penney: backpacks

JC Penney always offers backpacks for $7, but they’re discounting these even further for back-to-school.

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JC Penney: lunch bag

The department store also has low prices on lunch bags. Pick from several different designs and score a $5 pack.  

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JC Penney: backpack and lunch bag

Want a backpack and lunch bag combo? Some are discounted 50% or more for back-to-school.  

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Old Navy

The clothing store is offering polo shirts online at more than a 50% discount. Girls shirts start at $4. Boys can also get deals starting at $4. Shop their uniform section to see more discounts.

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Finish Line

Athletic clothing and footwear are up to 50% off as part of the back-to-school sale at Finish Line. Shoes and clothing for adults and kids are all on sale.

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Google Pixelbook

For students who are doing most of their work in the cloud, Wired recommends getting a Google Pixelbook. Get a $250 discount on Amazon until Labor Day on Sept. 3.

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Bose noise-canceling headphones

For those who need to study in loud spaces, try blocking out noise with the Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Canceling Wireless Headphones. Wired acknowledges their steep price tag, but the headphones are currently $50 off and cost $299 on Amazon.   

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Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Until Aug. 25, Amazon is knocking $20 off the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet. The kid version is on sale for $79.99. That’s $20 more than the regular Fire 7, but it comes with one year of FreeTime Unlimited—which gives kids access to 15,000 apps and games, videos, books, and content from educational sites like PBS Kids—plus a two-year warranty that allows parents to return broken tablets, no matter the cause.

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Verified U.S. college students, K-12 staff, or college staff can get $100 off smartphones and tablets when they sign up for a new line with T-Mobile. The offer excludes products under $300.

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Until Aug. 31, students verified with a UNiDAYS can get up to 25% off certain sale items at Motorola. The site is also offering other back-to-school deals. Get $200 off an unlocked MotoZ Play or $320 off a MotoZ 2 Force Edition.

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For a limited time, students with a verified UNiDAYS account can get 15% off at ModCloth. The retailer sells women’s sizes from 00 to 28.

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Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters also partnered with UNiDAYS. Get 10% off when shopping online after verifying your student status.

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American Apparel

The ethically made, sweatshop-free clothing at American Apparel online is 20% off for students with a verified UNiDAYS account.

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Members of Samsung’s Student and Teacher Discount Program get an extra 15% off tablets and PCs. Just register with a valid .edu email, or sign up with Student Beans to get up to a 20% discount.

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Lonely Planet

For those planning to travel, get a 20% discount at Lonely Planet with a Student Beans account. The site offers guidebooks, maps, and magazines for those who want to explore.  

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Hotels.com offers students 10% off sitewide with their UNiDAYS account.

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All students need snacks. NatureBox can send food boxes suitable for vegan, gluten-free, keto, and sugar-free diets. Get free shipping with the first order and apply a 10% student discount with a registered UNiDAYS account.

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Websites are a great way to showcase work or resumes, or sell products. Website hosting and design company Squarespace offers students a 50% discount on their first year. Register with a valid .edu email.  

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While students can’t use this discount in person, Illy does offer a 20% online discount with Student Beans verification. The coffee chain sells everything from beans to espresso machines.

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Budget offers discounts for students moving across the street or across the country. Use the discount code TRUKU to receive 20% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves. Additional charges may apply for those under 24.

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Students 21 and older can get 15% off cars and 20% off vans with a discount through Hertz.

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Avis Upromise

For parents, grandparents, or anyone else who wants to contribute to a college savings account for a future college student, sign up with Avis Upromise and the company will contribute 5% of whatever a member spends with Avis to a Upromise college savings account.

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Enterprise car sharing

Enterprise partners with colleges and universities to offer car sharing and hourly car rentals. Finding alternative ways to get around is often cheaper than owning a car.

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Amazon Dash button

At the push of a button, students can reorder essentials like paper towels, toilet paper, and dish detergent. They can even get refills on coffee or soylent—a meal replacement popularized by the tech industry. Parents who want to pay for the items can register the buttons with their accounts. For orders through Dec. 31, 2018, Amazon Prime members can register their Dash buttons and get a $4.99 credit—the cost of the button—after the first use.

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Texas Instrument Graphing Calculator

Most stores that sell school supplies are running back-to-school deals. Staples has a 16% discount on the popular Texas Instruments TI-84 Graphing Calculator, with a $99.99 price tag.

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Standard calculators

For students who need to do simple math, Staples is selling standard calculators for $3.99.

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To get a deal on makeup or skincare products, register with UNiDAYS to get a discount on brands like Ren Skincare and Sigma Beauty. Both offer students a 15% discount.

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The Art of Shaving

With a UniDAYS account, students get a 10% discount when they shop at The Art of Shaving online. Get razors, shaving oil, or brushes from the site.

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Dollar Shave Club

This isn’t a deal unique to students, but it’s a great way to save on a pack of razors. For $5, customers get a starter kit from Dollar Shave Club with a razor handle, four razor cartridges, and samples of shave butter, body cleanser, and wet wipes.

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Facebook Marketplace

Once settled in, students typically need additional items to fill their dorm rooms and apartments. Facebook Marketplace lets users search within their location to buy or sell products within any location.

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For those who don’t want to go through Facebook, the LetGo app offers a simple way to buy or sell items. Scroll through the app to find products, or snap a picture and upload to sell to neighbors.

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