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Secret Savings for College Students

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at CNU chapter.

Student IDs are a lot more useful than you might think.  They aren’t just for a meal plan and to get into your room; they can be the secret key to savings.  If you, like me, try to penny pinch every day and find yourself wondering if even the $2 fries at Chick-fil-A are too much, then check out these places you can get a discount when you flash your student ID. Thankfully, society sympathizes with us broke college students. It never hurts to ask the cashier if they take student ID; you’d be surprised how many will actually say yes. Always carry your ID with you. You never know when it might come in handy.


1.     Ann Taylor: 15% off in store or online

2.     ASOS: Stay updated on the latest trends with 10% off at ASOS

3.     Banana Republic: 15% off for those of you who are trying to dress to impress

4.     Charlotte Russe: 10% off at participating locations

5.     Goodwill: At participating locations, you can get an even better discount with an additional 10% off

6.     J.Crew: Get preppy for less with 10% discount in stores

7.     The Limited: 15% off in store

8.     Madewell: 15% off

9.     Topshop: Get fashion for less with a 15% discount in stores or online

10.   Toms: FREE shipping

11.  Kate Spade: 15% off

12.  Vineyard Vines: 15% off preppy college boy (and girl) essentials



13.   Arby’s: 10% discount at participating locations

14.   Buffalo Wild Wings: Wings are good, but they’re great when they’re 10% off

15.   Burger King: 10% off your favorite burger and fries

16.   Chick-fil-A: FREE small drink with any meal

17.   Chipotle: Chase down those burritos with a FREE drink at participating locations

18.   Dairy Queen: Most locations offer 10% discount for those essential ice cream runs

19.   Domino’s: Check with your local Domino’s to see if they have discounts

20.   McDonald’s: 10% off your next McFlurry or meal

21.   Papa John’s: Nothing makes college students happier than discounted pizza.  Check with your local restaurant for the discounts

22.   Subway: Eat fresh with 10% off your sub

23.   Waffle House: Your breakfast is now 10% cheaper



24.  Apple: Students can enjoy big savings on MacBook and iPad.  Promotions vary by location

25.  Dell University: A program through Dell that offers all sorts of discounts for students

26.  Microsoft: 10% off in stores

27.  RadioShak: 10% off in stores

28.  Sony: For that new TV you and your roommate want, be sure to flash you student ID and get 10% off

29.  Spotify: Stream the greatest hits on Spotify Premium for only $4.99 a month (that’s half of the regular price!)



30.  Amtrak: Catch a ride home for less with a Student Advantage Card

31.   Amazon: FREE six month trial of Amazon Prime, FREE two day shipping, and $10 credit when you refer a friend

32.   AMC: There are always great student deals on Thursday’s

33.  Cinemark: Discounts vary by location. Check your local theater!

34.   Jo-Ann: For the crafty ones in the bunch, enjoy a 10% discount when you sign up for the Student Discount Program

35.  Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum: Meet (wax) celebrities for less with a 15% discount

36.  Regal Cinema: Discounts vary by location. Check your local theater!


Always be on the look out for secret savings and always carry your ID with you.  You never know what surprises you might find.