By ANDY RIGGINS
As everyone knows times are hard right now, so why not try to save some extra cash? One easy way to do that is to flash your college ID. Before you can do that, there are some things you need to know about your student ID. First, your ID should be carried at all times while on the college premises. All students must have an identification card and it must be updated every semester. You can get your ID card in the Fitness Center, located in the Student Center. There is a replacement fee for lost or stolen ID cards and they’re required at all campus events and specialized venues such as the Computer Lab, Library, Fitness Center, and Gym.
There are multiple ways to save money by being a college student both on and off campus. The campus cafeteria offers a wide variety of food for very reasonable prices. You can also save 25% on a bus pass with NJ Transit if you’re a full-time student as mentioned on page 1 in the “gas prices” article.
Off campus, the SJH Fitness Connection gym, located on the corner of Sherman Avenue and Orchard Road accepts school IDs for discounts. Cocoa Bay tanning and spa, located on the corner of College and Delsea drives, gave discounts to students in the past and informed me that they may again in the future. In the same complex as Cocoa Bay, Subway offers a reward card in which you earn points towards free food. Even if you’re not sure if discounts are accepted, it never hurts to ask. Just by asking, you may be surprised what discounts you find.
Many people may not know that you can save money on computers and laptops on the Apple website by going to a section that’s labeled, College Student and selecting Cumberland County College. The website will take you to a page similar to the Apple Store’s homepage, but computers and laptop are $50 to $100 cheaper than normal. Unfortunately, the more popular items, such as, iPods and iPads aren’t discounted.
Another way to save money as a student is to log on to a website called studentadvantage.com. On studentadvantage.com, you can sign up for the student advantage card for 1 to 4 years for a small fee. Signing up for 3 years for example is $42.50. Some of the discounts included are AMC theaters, Footlocker, Barnes & Nobles, Armani Exchange, Greyhound Buses, Target.com, Kmart.com, and DicksSportingGoods.com
With increased prices on nearly everything from gas to food supplies, it is increasingly important to be economical any way you can. The more you save the less stress you will have to worry about things such as bills. Contrary to popular belief, money can buy happiness; at least while you’re a college student.