Let's get rid of the phrase, "broke college student" and turn it into "frugal college student."
This is an important lesson. You can save money with discounts just for being a student, and don't forget to always keep your student ID handy because that's your badge for the perks.
Like Lloyd Christmas in "Dumb and Dumber" rushing the plane gate saying, "It's OK! I'm the limo driver!" Now, it's your turn to show your school ID and say, "It's OK! I'm a college student!"
About 60 percent of bachelor's degree recipients graduate with student loan debt, according to the Project on Student Debt, a report from the Institute for College Access and Success that relied on data from 2015. The average debt was $30,100 per borrower, according to the study findings (ouch!).
Help yourself by using these tips and ideas:
Dorm Registry: College students can create "registries" at Target for things like extra-long twin sheets and dorm decor.
Amazon Prime: Have you heard of Prime Student? This gives you a free, six-month trial of Amazon Prime. Prime members get free two-day shipping, access to Amazon streaming and free books and magazines. Students will also get special student discounts. After the six-month trial period, if you decide to stay enrolled, you score 50 percent off your Amazon Prime subscription.
Food: Never forget this three-letter word — ask! Be sure to ASK restaurants if they have a student discount. Now, those discounts may not be advertised, but you can find several right here from RetailMeNot.
Clothing: Check with retailers to see if they offer a student discount. Many stores are willing to offer 10 percent off or 15 percent off your purchase. For example, J. Crew offers 15 percent off for students and teachers. Be sure to have your ID on you in store, or shop using your school email address online.
Software: There are all kinds of options for software discounts. One example is Adobe offers 60 percent off Creative Cloud to students and teachers. There are two different plans you can choose from.
Insurance Plans: Many students part ways with their cars to use public transportation while in college to help save. There are several free options, one being the Orbit shuttle around Arizona State University. Riding bikes can be another option as well. However, if you keep your car, get good grades! Insurers will offer discounts for good students. Allstate offers up to 20 percent off for good report cards!
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