Amazon Prime Day – the day of extreme discounts offered to core members, or at least those who sign up for a 30-day trial – is almost upon us, and the hype is already in full swing.
The annual frenzy about Prime Day made us think: What discounts can you get just to be a student, or even a recent graduate, with an e-mail address. Edu?
The answer? So, so much. Here is your definitive guide to the most useful discounts available for anyone who has a student email or even a valid student card.
Manuals. Groceries. Clothing. Toilet paper. Amazon has everything to please, and clearly wants students to order them as often as possible: The company offers a free six-month membership to Prime Student to anyone with an active .edu email.
The program is similar to standard premium membership: free two-day delivery, access to premium video streaming, unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos and special discounts for students.
When your six months are up, Amazon will invite you to join the Prime service with a discount: $ 49 for one year, 50% less than the standard price. Pay for the full service Prime you will get additional benefits, including access to the Kindle library.
While the offers target current students, they are available to anyone with a valid .edu email. If you graduated in May and do not want to pay for this two-day expedition, do not feel guilty about signing up now.
Spotify ads are a special type of terrible, interrupting your mid-song jam sessions and taking you out of the moment. Spotify Premium, the ad-free music streaming service, is a real relief. And for students, the bill should not break the bank.
The Spotify Premium student discount reduces the standard rate by half: $ 4.99 per month instead of $ 9.99. It is not as easy to bypass the application process if you are not a current student: the application process requires you to submit a recent transcript showing that you are currently in school.
The discount is active for 12 months after your registration, and Spotify verifies your eligibility each academic year. A public service announcement for freshmen: register now so you can enjoy the agreement for four years.
Many students use Google Docs to do group projects and share different classroom resources. But that does not mean that Microsoft Office has lost its value, and its free services for students should not go unnoticed. Students can access Office 365 for free (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) with a valid email address.
And this is not just a test – once you download the programs, they are yours. In addition, Microsoft offers a 10% discount on Windows devices for students.
Not to be outdone by Microsoft, Apple also offers significant discounts on its products and services. Apple Music is available for a reduced price of $ 4.99 per month, and the Apple Store for Education offers deals on new Macs and iPads. Good news for your parents: the discounted prices are at their disposal as well as the faculty members.
The Washington Post
It's a hectic world, and it's more important than ever for students to keep up with the news. The Washington Post offers a free subscription to anyone with a valid .edu email address – it also means you, new alumni. The offer is also valid for members of the military and the government. Once you have confirmed your e-mail, you will have access to the content of Post on all platforms.
The New York Times
The Times offers a discounted rate for students. Instead of paying the standard $ 3.75 per week for digital access, students pay $ 1, totaling up to $ 4 a month and $ 48 for a year of access to [19459010Times. With a valid e-mail address, you can also benefit from discounted rates on a paper subscription or premium digital content.
If you're pursuing a career in graphics or just want to get familiar with Photoshop, Adobe makes it easy to set up Creative Cloud. For $ 9.99 / month, students can access Lightroom and Photoshop. If you are a real pro, you can pay $ 19.99 a month to access the 20 Adobe applications. This price may seem steep, but the standard price for access to all Adobe applications is $ 49.99 / month. If the price still seems too high, check that Creative Cloud is loaded on your university computers – most media labs offer the applications you need.
If you want to create a personal website or portfolio online, you want it to be professional, stylish and clean. And if you are a student with a busy lifestyle, you also want it to be easy. The Squarespace website creator, whose ads are featured on virtually all existing podcasts, offers students 50% off their first year of service if your university is enrolled in their education program. A normal subscription costs about $ 144 a year, so take advantage of the discount while you still can (especially if you're looking for your first post-graduate job).
With more than 30 train lines serving 46 states, Amtrak is often the preferred means of transportation for students who want to visit family and friends during breaks.
Fortunately, Amtrak offers a discount to help offset some of these travel expenses. Students aged 13 to 25 can save 15% on each Amtrak trip with a valid student card. There is a catch: the offer is only valid if you book your trip at least three days in advance. As long as you plan ahead, this discount will help you save money every time you get on the train.
There are, of course, more discounts for students, including offers for cell phone companies like AT & T. And, of course, this does not even take into account local institutions that offer discounts to students across the country. If you find any particularly amazing offers missing from the list, let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
Haley Samsel is a student of the American University and digital producer USA TODAY.