We've all been there. The time in the year where your thoughts ask, "That number is supposed to represent my bank account?" Like many others, I'm already here... And it's only October. Luckily, there are numerous ways to save money as a broke college student. You just have to know where to look.
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College students are employed all summer so they can head back to school with a stocked bank account. Yet, they are quickly reminded that the fall season entails spending their hard earned money. Sometimes, the money is spent on the essentials: football tickets, class books, tutors. Yet, the other half of the time our money is spent on late night food runs, on campus meals and coffee. The worst part: we work all summer to raise the money that we blow before heading home for Thanksgiving in November.
This is when you have to take advantage of college student discounts.
Believe it or not, random deals are all over Norman. Restaurants and fast food chains from Highway 9 to Campus Corner provide deals that can help you save money, if, like me, you have to give in to your fast food pleasures every once in awhile.
For example, Sonic Drive-In on Chautauqua and Imhoff has a number of deals all day long. Anytime in the day, you can get Sonic's 99 cent junior breakfast burritos. Before 11 a.m., Sonic serves 99 cent large drinks. And if you're a late night junky, Sonic has buy one get one boneless chicken wings after 5 p.m. You heard right... That's $5 for 12 wings. These are examples of deals for everyone. However, there are college specific discounts around Norman.
Discounts specifically for college students are normally not on display. But, just like everyday deals, they are everywhere from food to the movie theater.
According to the University of Oklahoma website, here are just a few of the many discounts students can acquire:
Chipotle on Campus Corner offers a free drink with a student ID.
Papa John's often offers $2 pizzas to students.
Ann Taylor offers 15% off in stores for students.
Even Best Buy gives college student discounts.
In addition to OU's list of student discounts, the University of Oklahoma College Coupons offer numerous discounts to students. And like all others, all you have to do is present an ID.
My advice to broke college students: ASK ABOUT STUDENT DISCOUNTS. Most of the time these discounts are hidden, but they can save you money a dollar or two at a time.