Ah, the privileges of being a student. Things like sleeping until noon, days off in the middle of the week, and hanging with friends every day aren't missed until they're gone. It's a mix of stressful studying and partying pleasure that ends up as an experience to remember for the rest of your life.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 19-million students enrolled in higher education institutions across the country. Whether you're gearing up for your first day on campus or are counting the days until graduation, make sure to take advantage of your status as a student while it lasts.
For a minute, ignore the frustration of nickel-and-dime fees. Instead, reach into your wallet and pull out your student ID (which you probably had to pay a fee for, too, in addition to everything else). Embrace it like it's a long-lost friend. This little piece of plastic is your most useful ally for saving money until you walk on stage and snatch your diploma. Consider it a different form of financial aid.
To help you make the most of your student status, we've put together the ultimate list of student discounts. While most of these are geared toward college students, young scholars of any age should go ahead and give them a shot. A few even apply to grade-school students, so give it a try if you're interested.
You never know how much you can save with a flash of your student ID.
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Most nationwide chains leave the decision about whether or not to offer student discounts up to individual franchise owners. While participation is more prevalent in college towns, many merchants find student discounts beneficial to business. Though none of these can be guaranteed, here are some common discounts reported by students throughout the country. To be sure the discount is offered, call and ask your local store.