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The secret to college deals & freebies

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Adna Tabich, Staff Writer

Being a college student can get expensive from the high-priced textbooks to the extra spending it takes to live on your own. Many students in college are on a tight budget whether it be because they pay tuition or because they finally have to pay their own rent. Luckily, many options are available for students that do struggle or just want to save some extra cash.

For starters, one thing every college student needs which tends to be the priciest is textbooks. Textbooks are always a cause of stress before the actual stress of classes even begins. But the good news is that there are ways to reduce that stress. Websites like Chegg and eBay help students find textbooks for a fraction of their original price because they are either rentals or used. These websites are also helpful for students when they want to sell or rent their own book after a class is over.

Amazon is a big hit for college students. Amazon, similar to the other websites, offers rentals and used books. However, Amazon also offers a special student membership. If you are a college student, you’re eligible for six free months of Amazon prime. That’s equivalent to an entire semester. After the six free months, your membership price is lower than that of a non-student for the years you are in school. This is a great way to try out all of its benefits, including two-day free shipping and unlimited movie streaming for free without commitment. These small tips can actually make a world of difference when it comes to getting your textbooks for the semester.

Like textbooks, school supplies can be as much of a burden, if not more. Every semester without fail college students are in need of supplies. Luckily, stores such as Sam’s Club offer college memberships at a discount from the original, which help with supplies savings.

However, financial struggles likely follow students everywhere, not just in school related items. Often students have to deal with extra spending on food, clothing, and whatever else may be needed when away from home. Fortunately, retailers understand the struggle for students to spend money and offer plenty of discounts. Many restaurants and fast dining chains offer a discount for meals or a free drink when a student shows their college ID. This may seem like a small thing, but it creates a bigger impact when buying food and coffee almost every day. Similarly, plenty of clothing stores will offer a discount for your purchase when shown a college ID.

Although it may be easy to justify spending your money on these important items as a student, it may not feel as easy to spend it on leisure and entertainment. Yet Hulu, Spotify, and Showtime make it possible. For a college student, all three streaming services are offered for only $4.99 a month. Now students, for half the price of most streaming services, get music, tv, and movie streaming for practically nothing. It can be hard living the life of a student, but somehow all of these deals and advantages make it a little less stressful. And, chances are, if you search online or ask wherever you are, some sort of discount will be offered. After all, the worst they can say is no.