By Katie Scott National Online Journalist, Smart Living & Entertainment Global News
We all know that a great way to reduce debt is to keep a budget. But another way to save some money and cut expenditures is to take advantage of discounts.
“Many businesses, stores, and restaurants offer a discounted student rate with proof of enrolment (student card, student discount cards/apps, etc.),” notes the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan, “which can turn into big savings for you.”
That’s especially true for some of the biggest retailers across the country. Many outlets offer deep price cuts on everyday items, even if they don’t broadcast them.
So what’s a student to do? If you’re not sure whether or not a store offers a discount, go ahead and ask. You may end up finding more deals than you were bargaining for. And always carry your student ID.
You may also want to peruse the below list of discounts available to students across Canada. From clothing to tech toys, just about every necessity is covered.
Adidas: Adidas.ca offers 30 per cent off full-price and an additional 15 per cent off sale merchandise online to all university and college students.
Banana Republic: Save 15 per cent on full-priced, in-store purchases only.
Club Monaco: Both full-priced and sale items are 20 per cent off with your valid post-secondary ID. If you’re shopping online, submit your email to receive a code.
H&M: Valid ID must be presented to receive 15 per cent off entire in-store purchases.
J.Crew: The store offers 15 per cent off when you’re shopping in-store and show a valid school ID at checkout. The offer is only valid on purchases made in J.Crew, J.Crew Factory and J.Crew Mercantile stores.
Kate Spade: Show your student ID and receive 15 per cent off your purchase.
Levi’s: This store offers 15 per cent off for students. Register to receive the same 15 per cent off for online purchases.
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Roots: Students save 20 per cent with their student discount on regular-priced items. You can purchase anything on sale and you’ll still be able to receive 10 per cent off.
Sally Beauty Supply: Save on products with your Beauty Student Card from Sally Beauty Supply. You’ll get monthly specials and special email offers to take advantage of.
TOMS: Students can get free shipping on all orders of TOMS Shoes; the company donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair you buy.
TopShop: Students get 10 per cent off. Visit their website for more information.
Urban Outfitters: Save 10 per cent off on specific days with your Student ID. Sign up for their Student Program to be told when to use your discount.
Travel and Transportation
Air Canada: Air Canada and StudentUniverse teamed up to provide the best student discounts on airfare. Check out their website for the features of flying Air Canada, as well as baggage information. Air Canada also offers the Student Pass, which is a prepaid package of four or six one-way flight credits for one student. You can fly anywhere within Canada or between Canada and the U.S., starting at $134 per flight credit.
GO Transit: You can get a GO-approved Student ID card through GO Transit or at your school, then pick up a re-loadable PRESTO card wherever you buy GO tickets. Set up your PRESTO card for Student Fares to save at least 17 per cent.
Greyhound: A student ID will save you 10 per cent and an ISIC card will save you 25 per cent on a regular adult fare.
StateFarm: Student car insurance is available for post-secondary students looking to find the cheapest auto insurance available to them.
TTC: The Post-Secondary Monthly Metropass is available from TTC collectors in subway stations or at participating TTC fare sellers for $116.75.
VIA Rail: Travel between major Canadian cities with an Unlimited Semester Pass starting at $499.
Zipcar: Zipcar has partnered with many schools to offer discounted membership rates to students. Search for your school on Zipcar’s website and register with your school email address. Sign-up rates are usually around $20 for students.
Restaurants, bars and food
Arby’s: Students save 10 per cent off their entire meal when they use their ID.
Buffalo Wild Wings: At many locations across Canada you can receive 10 per cent off your meal. Just ask your server to see if the deal is available at your location.Bulk Barn: Students receive 10 per cent off on Wednesdays with valid ID.
Burger King: Students can receive 10 per cent off their meal by showing their student card.
Dairy Queen: Students receive a discount of 10 per cent off their purchase.
Dominos: Students receive 50 per cent off all orders with the promo code “UNI.”
Hard Rock Cafe: Hard Rock Cafe locations worldwide offer a 10 per cent discount for students with valid ISIC.
Metro: Get 10 to 15 per cent off your groceries on student discount days at participating locations.
Spring Rolls: Save 15 per cent off your meal with valid student ID.Subway: Students receive a discount of 10 per cent with valid ID.
St.Louis Bar & Grill: Use your SPC card to get a free upgrade to poutine at any location. Guelph locations offer 10 per cent off to students and Toronto’s 595 Bay St. location offers 20 per cent off to Ryerson students.
Zehrs: Every Tuesday, Zehrs offers 10 per cent off on groceries for students with valid student ID.
Sobeys: Every Tuesday and Thursdays offers 10 per cent off on groceries for students with a valid student ID.
SPC Savings Card: If you’re a student all you need to do is show your SPC Card at thousands of participating locations to receive instant savings every time you shop. Offers vary but most are 10 per cent to 15 per cent off.
Spotify: Get Spotify premium for $4.99 for students.
Student Saver Card: This is Canada’s only student owned and operated national student discount program