November 25, 2008

Discounts for students with StudentAdvantage card

StudentAdvantage.com sells discount cards that students can use to save on various vendors. The card costs $20 and there are a lot of opportunities for students to save much more then that through discounts.

T-mobile discount of 12% on recurring charges. So if you have T-mobile cell phone you get 12% off your bill. For a basic $40 monthly service that would be an annual savings of $57.60.

Amtrack and Greyhound both give 15% off fares. So if you spend $100 to take a bus home for Thanksgiving then the StudentAdvantage card would save you $15.

Target.com offers 10% off online purchases. Drugstore.com gives 15% off. Office Depot also gives 10% off.

You can see the full list of discounts StudentAdvantage offers here.

2 comments:

  1. Jim, the Student Advantage card sounds like a great way to save some cash and I wish that as a college student (I recently graduated) I had purchased one of the discount cards. You mentioned how the Student Advantage card allows you to save money on T Mobile bills. There is an additional way to further savings on cell bills through a company called Validas that is becoming increasingly popular and works for customers with plans by Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. Students with T-Mobile who use Validas in conjunction with the Student Advantage card potentially stand to slash their bill significantly.

    I discovered Validas while looking for a way to chop my own inflated Verizon Wireless bills. The name of the Validas website, http://www.fixmycellbill.com, gives a good idea of what they do. Validas analyzes your online cell bill and calculates how much money you could be saving on your plan. In my case, Validas saved me over 19 bucks every month on my Verizon plan–or over 230 dollars per year. For me, that almost works out to getting a free month of my plan annually! Apparently the average Validas user saves over 21 percent on their cell bill. If you choose, for a nominal fee of $5, Validas will provide your personalized cell bill adjustment report that is emailed to your wireless provider in industry specific format so you can actually implement these cash saving changes. If Validas can save you more than $5 on your bill (the average customer saves $340 annually through Validas), this obviously provides a very cost effective solution.

    I was personally so impressed with the company’s operations and the cell savings Validas got for me that I jumped at the chance to work for Validas when the opportunity presented itself. It's a great company that is rapidly becoming considered an advocate for the wireless customer. Just read the profile on Validas from the Big Idea with Donny Deutsch here http://www.cnbc.com/id/22782456/. Any cell subscriber who wants to cut costs should check out this service. It’s free to consult and you only stand to save.

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  2. Jim - I think the key take away here is that this card can be helpful, but it's certainly not for everyone (as it is marketed). Unless you use a lot of the vendors Student Advantage offers discounts to, the subscription may cost more than the amount you save. I'd encourage people to look at free services first. www.studentrate.com is a great example (free w/ .edu) of the fact it doesn't always take money to save money.

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