by Kelly Kretschmar
As a college student you get a student ID and an .edu email address that entitles you to all kinds of discounts in life and on the web. We’ve searched long and hard to bring you a list of where you can save the most money, so next time you shop at any of the following, flash your student ID to save cash:
- RadioShack - get a 10% discount online and in stores.
- BestBuy – sign up for coupon codes with your .edu email address.
- Apple – Students, faculty, and staff can get discounts on Mac computers, Apple software, and select accessories. Right now, with a .edu email address, save up to $200 on a new Mac.
- Sony – Save up to 10% on select products.
- Microsoft – 10% off and free shipping.
- Adobe – find student and teacher discounts on Adobe Creative Cloud.
- AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile – offer student discounts for participating schools.
Food (many restaurants will not advertise these discounts)
- Burger King – 10% off – ask your local restaurant if they participate.
- McDonalds – 10% off – ask your local restaurant if they participate.
- Dairy Queen – 10% off.
- Qdoba – $5 student burrito meals.
- Chipotle – Receive a free drink with purchase and student ID.
- Subway – 10% off.
- Waffle House – 10% off.
- General Motors – discounts on Chevy, Buick, and GMC cars.
- Sam’s Club – Collegiate Annual Membership for $40, plus a free $15 Sam’s Club gift card.
- Pier 1 Imports – 15% off in store at participating locations.
- AMC movie theaters – discounted tickets every Thursday.
- Regal theaters – up to 25% off tickets for select shows and dates.
- Ski passes – many mountains offer discounted passes for students.
- Museums – many museums offer free admission for students.
- Theaters – many theaters allow students to attend concerts/shows for free or discounted rates.
- Public transportation – get discounted monthly passes.
- Major Newspapers – The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal offer discounted subscriptions for students.
by Kelly Kretschmar
Facebook is both a blessing and a curse, so beware.
Social media is a mixed blessing, especially for students. Yeah, it keeps you connected with all your friends and family even if you’re far away or really busy. But it also turns much of your private life into a public spectacle. In light of that, never:
- Trash talk your professors. You never know who you might offend even if your social media profiles are private. What you can’t control is information other people remember and pass along. That means, even if you’re not Facebook friends with a professor, they could still hear about it.
- Trash talk or bully other students. Just don’t. Ever. It’s not cool and it’s not funny. Insulting people on the Internet has real world impact.
- Get emotional. This is related to the two points above. Using social media when you’re upset is a recipe for disaster—that’s when you say things you don’t mean and your entire social circle sees it. New rule: avoid technology unless you’re in a good mood.
- Trust your privacy settings. The privacy settings on Facebook and other social media sites are practically incomprehensible. If you don’t want everyone to see something, be safe and don’t post it at all.
- Post anything illegal. While the best policy is always to refrain from things like underage drinking, it’s important to admit many college students have these experiences. But don’t post pictures or discussions about it online. It could come back to haunt you.
- Post anything unprofessional—especially if you’re looking for a job. This goes back to your privacy settings. You just never know who will see it, even if your profile is private.
- Ignore school policies. Know what you can and can’t do on the Internet if you’re using a school computer (in the library, for example) and if your school considers your social media presence reflective of their reputation. If so, posting opinions on politically or religiously sensitive topics could get you in trouble.
by Kelly Kretschmar
If you’ve got more student loans than you can handle and a used iPhone that you don’t want anymore, you’re in luck! Sell it using ValoreBooks to convert your old phone into an extra student loan payment — then get out of debt faster and for less.
Here’s what you have to do:
1. Go to our iPhone sellback page and choose your phone to get your instant online quote.
2. Select SmarterBucks rewards as your payment option at checkout. You’ll get your payment in the form of rewards that pay down your student loans and a 5% bonus on your sale price — just for choosing SmarterBucks!
3. Ship your phone (for free!) within 30 days and we’ll automatically send your payment, and your 5% bonus, to the student loan you have designated in the SmarterBucks system.
Haven’t heard of SmarterBucks before? Here’s everything you need to know:
SmarterBucks is a revolutionary rewards program that’s helping students and graduates get debt-free faster. Signing up is free and earning rewards is easy. Not only will you get 5% back every time you shop at ValoreBooks, you can earn more rewards by taking surveys, shopping in the SmarterBucks Marketplace, inviting family and friends to get in on the action, and more!
At ValoreBooks, our highest buyback price guarantee means you always score more from us. See how our prices stack up:
by Kelly Kretschmar
If you currently have an iPhone, know this: the value of used iPhones (current generation and older) is expected to drop on September 10, 2013, when Apple is rumored to be announcing the latest iPhone model. If you’ve been thinking about selling your current one, now’s the time to lock in your sellback price—before its value plummets! Lock in your price today!
Check out what happened to iPhone prices when the iPhone 4S was announced:
Here’s how it works: at ValoreBooks, you get free and instant online quotes that tell you how much we’ll pay you for your phone. Then you ship your phone—for free!—and we cut you a check. It’s that easy. The best part? Your price quote is valid for 30 days, meaning you can get a quote now, keep your phone for a month, and ship it whenever you’re ready!
How to sell your iPhone using ValoreBooks:
- Get a free and instant online quote
- Print your pre-paid shipping label
- Ship your phone within thirty days
- Get paid!
Lock in your price today!
Let’s get down to brass tacks, or at least to business. We still live in a time where the economy is a little in flux. So if business is your thing, and if you sincerely enjoy it, then why not go into the field? Not only will you likely find some job stability, but you’ll always be in demand, and so probably financially comfortable—if you’re good at what you do, that is. To make sure that happens, here are some business schools that get a grade of A+:
- University of Pennsylvania. The name of UPenn’s business school is Wharton, which just sounds respectable from the get go. But beyond the name, the school lives up to its reputation, as it continues to deliver the best business minds to the best workplaces across the country.
- Harvard University. It’s the Ivy League, so of course there’s also some Ivy League business going on. What’s great about this swanky school is that it’s located in Cambridge, MA, which is basically a part of Boston. The news there? Boston is one of the nation’s great business centers, meaning if you stay close and play your cards right then you may walk straight into a job.
- New York University. Like UPenn, NYU’s business school has its own reputable nomenclature: Stern. Just say it again—“Stern School of Business”—and listen to how naturally solemn you sound. But really, it’s a good school.
- Indiana University at Bloomington. Though a rural campus, this school packs a big-league punch when it comes to Wall Street business. In other words, don’t let the location fool you. It’s the real deal.
- Dartmouth College. This is another school that’s not necessarily located in a business metropolis, and yet it serves its students better than any school out there. You’re not making any kind of mistake if you head up to Hanover, New Hampshire.
- Bentley College. Located in Massachusetts, this school focuses primarily on business, offering an array of opportunities to its students. Here, it’s business all the time, so you get used to what it takes to be in the world of commerce.
- LaSalle University. The exceptional thing about LaSalle is that it offers a co-op program, meaning its business students gain a great amount of real world experience before they graduate, making them that much more likely to score a job after gradluation. Cha-ching.