College Discounts and Saving Tricks

By The Elm - Sep 23,2015@6:57 pm

By Sabrina Carroll

Student Life Editor

As college students, keeping a close eye on spending is nothing new. The cost of tuition is increasing every year, and that does not include the money students need for supplies, dorm decorations, books, and student trips. Even that list is a small sample of the vast number of things students need to pay for. Knowing where to make purchases and how to save on those purchases is key to making sure you’re having fun and satisfying your needs in college without breaking the bank. Here are some establishments around Chestertown that offer student discounts. Just show a valid student I.D., and you’ll be on your way to big savings.

Emily’s Salon:

6344 Church Hill Rd, Chestertown, Md. 21620

(410) 778-2686

Deal: 10 percent off tanning

Gabriel’s of Chestertown:

207 S. Cross Street, Chestertown, Md. 21620

(410) 778-2123

Deal: 10 percent off

Rita’s: 

504 Washington Ave, Chestertown, Md. 21620

(410) 778-0825

Deal: 10 percent off

Plaza Tapatia:

715 Washington Ave, Chestertown, Md. 21620

(410) 810-1952

Deal: 10 percent off

Empty Hangers: 

114 S Cross St, Chestertown, Md. 21620

(410) 778-1300

Deal: 10 percent off

Other tips and tricks:

– Compare needs and wants. Ask yourself if the item you’re buying is a necessity.

– Open a Walgreens Savings Card. It’s not a credit card, and you gain rewards in the form of points with every purchase to lead to discounts on future purchases.

– Put all change in a jar and watch it accumulate over time. At the end of each month or so, cash it in for some extra pocket money.

– Try to eat on-campus as much as possible if you have a meal plan. Does it really make sense to order Domino’s multiple times a week when you’re already paying for meals?

– Don’t pay for general medications or therapists. There’s no reason to buy your own bottle of Advil when you can get it from the Health Center or your RA. The Health Center also offers free counseling for as long as you need whenever you need it.

– When shopping, go with friends so that you can have a second opinion regarding your purchases. Sometimes it helps to have a friend point out what you do and don’t need.

– Whether shopping at a store or eating out at a restaurant, ask if the establishment gives student discounts. There may be some places that do that you don’t know about.

– Get an on-campus job. While it seems obvious, many students don’t think they can handle one on top of the amount of schoolwork and clubs they take on. Surprisingly, there are a ton of jobs that do not require working crazy hours where the pay is reasonably good.

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