By: Gisselle Venable
It’s a bit of a stereotype that college students often struggle with finances. Following the cost of school supplies, books, tuition and housing, it can be difficult to manage what remaining funds you have left. However, there are a number of ways to save money – online and in-person – as a college student.
Spotify is one of the many companies that offer student discounts with their subscriptions. While the regular Spotify subscription is $9.99 per month, with a student discount it would only cost $4.99. Additionally, you would get a free subscription to both Hulu and SHOWTIME, saving $22.98 per month altogether.
In order to get the student discount, confirmation of your student status is required. Upon signing up, you will be prompted to enter your school name alongside your first and last name in order to verify your student status. This is verified yearly in order to ensure you’re still a student.
Amazon Prime’s regular subscription price is $14.99 per month, but with Prime Student, it is only half the price, costing $7.49 per month. On top of that, the free trial is heavily extended to six months rather than the 30-day free trial you would be given without the student discount. Much like Spotify, verification of your student status is required.
UNiDAYS is a service specifically designed for students. Accessible as both a website and a mobile app, it provides numerous discounts from a variety of brands, such as Adidas, Samsung, Uber Eats and many more. If you’re browsing a popular brand, it’s likely UNiDAYS has a discount to offer you, so it’s always worthwhile to check it out. Student status verification is required.
Additionally, CrimsonCard is not only accepted as a form of payment on campus, but through certain businesses in South Bend as well.
Blaze Pizza, located on Eddy St., Bruno’s Pizza, located on E. Mishawaka Ave., and Subway, located on S. Ironwood Dr. all accept CrimsonCash as payment.
In addition to this, Grubhub, a food delivery service available nationwide, accepts CrimsonCash and even offers Grubhub+ for free to IU students.
As financially troubling as it can be being a college student, the resources are there and ready to be used. Even if only saving what you perceive as a small amount, any aid you can get will help you in the long run.