One of the best money-saving ideas I suggest for college students is, “Don’t take a car to college.”
Most college campuses provide easy access to safe public transportation—and when a student really needs a car she can always call Uber. (Anyone, anywhere, can use this promo code to get $20 off of their first Uber ride: jeannieb105ue.)
Worried about your daughter’s safety on campus?
She may be safer walking with a campus security escort than trying to locate her car in a dark parking lot.
Students who don’t take cars to college save big.
They save thousands on gas, oil, parking fees, insurance, and auto maintenance over four years, plus they greatly decrease their potential for being in auto accidents or getting career-crippling D.U.I.s.
But what do students without cars do when they need to shop?
Nobody wants to lug four large Target bags back to the dorm room on the bus.
Fortunately, students can order almost everything they need on Amazon.com, and get their purchases shipped to them for free in two days using Amazon Prime Student. The best news? College students pay only half what I do for Amazon Prime. Plus they get a 6-month free trial when they sign up. Join Prime Student FREE Two-Day Shipping for College Students now, or read on to learn more.
Here are the official details about Amazon Prime Student, straight from Amazon itself:
“As a Prime Student member, you receive a 6-month trial that includes FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible purchases. You’ll also receive unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows through Prime Video, access to unlimited photo storage through Prime Photos, as well as Student-exclusive deals and discounts. In addition, you get access to Twitch Prime, a collection of benefits on Twitch.tv including free game content, exclusive emotes and ad-free viewing; you also receive one free Twitch channel subscription during your no-cost trial, and one every 30 days as a Prime member.
After your 6-month trial ends, your Prime Student membership makes you eligible to receive 50% off Amazon Prime, including all Prime benefits, for four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first. Prime benefits include: FREE two-day shipping on millions of eligible items, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows, access to hundreds of playlists through Prime Music, access to unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos, and the ability to refer a friend to Prime Student and receive $10. Unless you cancel, after you graduate or at the end of the fourth year of your Prime Student membership, whichever comes first, your subscription will automatically renew on its anniversary date into a full paid subscription for Amazon Prime at then-current rates.”
I, Jeannie, love Amazon Prime.
It saves me not only shipping fees, but hours of time I don’t have to spend searching for what I need in malls and discount stores.
You can sign your son or daughter up for a free trial of Amazon Prime Student here:
Join Prime Student FREE Two-Day Shipping for College Students. (It makes a great high school graduation gift.)
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Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free, ready to jump directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.
This article was most recently updated on May 23rd, 2022.