New York Times and Spotify are half price with the discount. If you need a new computer, you can get a big student discount on that almost anywhere. Namecheap gives free domain names to students.
If you’re a business student the Wall Street Journal is $15 for 15 weeks. For a daily paper that could get you this much further in your career, it’s a pretty sweet deal.
DQ offers a 10% discount with student ID. I think there are a few stores that do that. Microsoft has some good student deals, and best buy will email you specific deal coupons. Last year they sent me a coupon for $100 off a surface pro 3. Pair that with a moving book from the post office and you get up to $200 off. JoAnne fabrics also offers 10% off with ID.
There are hundreds of these, so more to follow!
-Don Jacfree, UMU
Android users can download Cashpirate to earn money playing games, watching videos, downloading apps and taking surveys. You’ll get “coins” for these activities, which you can then cash out through PayPal or for gift cards. New activities are added throughout the day, so it’s worth checking whenever you have free time. For a more detailed explanation, check out this reddit thread.
-Cody Powers, Ithica
Two of the biggest problems in college are building experience and making money. Mindsumo is one of the more legit online solutions to this problem. They offer challenges to solve, and winning ideas receive payments ranging from $50 to $200. Although they have a $100 minimum payout, they give away a lot of money for doing simple things like creating a profile and participating in a challenge. They give $30 for signing up and verifying your email, plus another $5 with the promo code TRYIT.
Which is my advice about mindsumo.com: just try it.
The earlier you develop smart money habits and begin to save and invest, the better off you’ll be. That’s a fact that most college students don’t think about.
But it’s never too early to start, and here’s a tool to help. Mint is a completely free budgeting website/app that will help you make sense of your financial situation.When you sign up with Mint.com you’ll simply link up your banking and credit card accounts and Mint will pull your statements, organize them into budget categories, and show you where all of your money is going. There’s also a useful app.
This is a super simple way to make sure you’re staying on budget. I treat it like that friend who’s kind of a pain in the ass, but in the end is always looking out for you. Like us at College Cheat Codes.
-James M., Collegecheatcodes
One of the dumbest ways to save money was suggested to me by one of my smartest friends. He called it “The poor game”. How to play: See how many days you can go without spending a penny. My record is 5.
It’s impossible to tell exactly how much I’ve saved, but it’s at least $50 saved from burritos.
-Jessica Melman, BYU
When online shopping, begin the check out but do not complete it. They’ll send you coupons to encourage the sale.
This works especially well for clothing sites. When filling out your information, put an email address down that you don’t mind getting a shit ton of emails on, and continue with your business. Within a couple days, the site will end up sending you an email with a coupon for your shopping cart to encourage you to checkout. Its usually only 10-15%, but it covers a bit of the cost. I don’t think it works on amazon, but it should work on apparel sites.
As a college student, you will occasionally encounter a company looking to win your business. This means they just might give you a free trial of their products. I’m actually planning on writing a lot of these cheat codes because there are SO MANY that we can take advantage of. But I want to start with one of the big fish: 6 months of free Amazon Prime.
Amazon Student is the Amazon Prime service which caters to students and only available for current students. If you do not attend a college or university and do not have access to a valid .EDU email address then you will be unable to join Amazon Student. Those who do qualify simply need to visit this link and submit a completed sign-up form. Once it is submitted, you will receive an email with a verification link which you need to confirm to complete the sign-up process. 2 Day shipping, tons of deals, it’s all at your fingertips.
As of right now, you can get free 6 month trial for new Amazon Student signup before being charged the $39 per year fee.
Like I said, there are plenty of deals that are just as sweet as this for college students, but the Amazon Prime deal is one that every college student should take advantage of.
Apply for every scholarship imaginable. Seriously, every single one you qualify for, even if your GPA isn’t good or you have no extracurricular activities. It only takes up an afternoon of filling out applications and could potentially net you thousands of dollars. It’s surprisingly likely that you will get at least one or two simply because no one else applied for them. I won $5000 one year on top of the academic scholarships I already had because I was the only person to apply. And I’m an idiot with a 2.6 gpa and 200 hours logged on Skyrim.
This website is a pretty good place to start:Scholarship and Grant list
-Ryan Manzetta, University of Illinois
Most schools offer a buttload of services, but don’t bother to advertise them. Does your school have a lawyer you can go talk to? You probably said no, but the answer is probably actually yes.
This is so true and important when it comes to money. Your school probably has a person to advise you on money matters. A financial adviser can look at your own situation and make goals that are realistic for you. If you haven’t talked to one yet, set up an appointment to make sure your loans and money are in control for your major. It will help tremendously, trust me.
-Emma Foster, Assumption College
At some point in your college career, you will be approached by someone offering a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity. No, seriously, people have totally become millionaires from it. Some guy just bought a car with the money he made. One thing though, you have to put in a couple hundred dollars to get started…plus a monthly fee.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the guy who sits next to you in BIO or your best friend, DO NOT AGREE TO ANYTHING. Don’t sign up to try it out; don’t even go to the meetings. This structure is set up so people have to aggressively recruit to even get their money back. And they only get paid from suckering in other students.
At my school, the popular pyramid scheme was an energy drink. They made their “sales people” purchase a minimum amount of drinks each month to sell. I worked in the mailroom, and we had a large room dedicated to storing the crates of these. People didn’t even bother picking them up.
While it is true that you can hustle your way to some money, it comes at the price of alienating your friends and ripping people off. Chances are you might become one of the people who has to cut their losses. If it seems too good to be true, chances are it is.