Companies help students with discounts

College students often are broke and rushing to find ways to save every penny they can. Between tuition, books, transportation and rent, they may have only a few handfuls of change left over for morning coffee. Each Tuesday morning, the 806 offers a 15 percent off discount for students when they provide a student ID. Both local and national chains recognize this daily struggle. Many businesses have taken it upon themselves to offer student discounts. However, many of the deals go unnoticed and unused for various reasons. “I have heard of a few deals for students, but not a lot. I just don’t see it advertised very much,” said Cassie Massengill, a general studies major. If you are looking for some new clothes to wear around campus, Charlotte Russe offers 10 percent off with your ID. Eddie Bauer offers 15 percent off regularly priced items. In need of a cheaper book option? Amazon Prime gives students a six-month free trial.
That provides you with two-day free shipping on your items and an option to earn $10 if you refer your classmates. If you feel like you’re going to be too sick to take that big exam coming up, The Cross Medical Clinic also offer discounts for college students with tight budgets. They have deals, such as flu shots for $20, $60 office visits and discounts offered to AC students. “The staff at The Cross Medical Clinic understands that Amarillo College’s purpose is to help every student succeed,” said Ginny Coppock, a nurse practitioner. “We also understand that acute and chronic illness can hinder a student’s ability to be successful in school. We offer affordable health care with a caring approach. “We would like to extend our services to all Amarillo College students and offer a 10 percent discount on all services offered with a current student ID.” Cell phone companies know that it would be difficult to stay in close contact with your fellow classmates and teachers if you can’t afford your bill, so using your AC email online with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T, you can save on your phone bill. “Sprint offers 17 percent off for Amarillo College students,” said Naomie Hague, Sprint lead consultant at Radioshack.

If you find time between those long study sessions to grab a bite to eat at fast-food restaurants, you can get 10 percent off by showing your college ID at Arby’s, Subway, Waffle House, McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings or and Dairy Queen. Your ID also can be used to get a discounted SAM’s club membership, and you can use the $15 gift card you’d receive for joining to stockpile ramen noodles. If you have a moment to yourself on the weekends, the local theaters will give a discount off of movie tickets with your student ID. In need of a new laptop for those research projects? Apple offers up to $300 off a MacBook for students. Dell has Dell University, which offers discounts to students, and students will save 10 percent in Microsoft stores. Amarillo College also partners with to offer computer programs at a discounted price for students. Best Buy gives various student discounts. Need some tunes to keep you awake during your all-night study session? Spotify gives students 50 percent off their monthly fee to become a premium user. AC offers 10 percent off housing on its East Campus homes. The homes are located in the Highland Park School District and offer a safe, cost-effective, and roomy place to start life on your own. If while moving, you find out you have more personal belongings than room, U-Store-It offers discounts for AC students as well. When you’re not enjoying the latest copy of The Ranger, The Washington Post offers free digital access with your AC email as well.

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