Student Discounts

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

I’m not going to lie, one of my favourite things about college is the student discounts. I have been able to save so much money just by showing off my ONECard it is CRAZY! So I thought I would share some of my favourite discounts with you today.

Technology:

Amazon: Get 50% off Amazon Prime

Adobe: Save over 60% off Creative Cloud

Henry’s: Save 15% off certain filters, tripods, bags, lighting equipment, and more

Rogers/Telus/Bell: Save every month on special student plans

Transportation:

Air Canada: Get a prepaid package of 4 or 6 one-way flights starting at $134

GO Transit: Save at least 17% when setting your PRESTO card up for Student Fares

Via Rail: Get an unlimited student semester pass starting at just $499

Food:

Bulk Barn: Students get 10% off on Wednesdays

Dairy Queen: Students get 10% off their purchase

Zehrs: Students get 10% off every Wednesday so plan your shopping accordingly because this will save you a ton!

Random:

Apple Music/Spotify: Get a special half price rate of $4.99 per month, and if you sign up right now with Spotify you get the first 3 months for only 99 cents!

Art Gallery of Ontario: Students can get unlimited admission for $45, one time admission for $11 and from 6-9pm on Wednesdays it is 100% free if you show a valid student card.

Ripley’s Aquarium: Student pricing is only $24.20 and this is a great place to go during reading week!

SPC Card: Purchase an SPC card and get unlimited savings from various retailers all year long. I have one of these and it pays for itself.

These of course are only a small sampling of discounts that are available to you, and they don’t end here. Even after you graduate Conestoga you have the opportunity to receive discounts on attractions, hotels, insurance and more through Conestoga Alumni Services!

Affordable Places to Shop During College

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Jasmine – 1st year Public Relations student at Conestoga College

College comes with lots of positives but it can become expensive. Especially when you have to start paying for books, car insurance, phone bills, tuition as well as basic necessities. However, there are a few stores I know, that have helped me save a lot of money during my first year at Conestoga.

Plato’s Closet I’m a clothes gal, I obsess over clothes and have a huge wardrobe that consists of clothes I hardly wear. That’s a “me” problem, but I’m sure a lot of you like fashion. Going to the mall can be super expensive. Instead of going to the mall now, I occasionally shop at Plato’s Closet.

Plato’s Closet is a barely used clothing store that consists of the styles that are most popular. You can buy brand name jeans, t-shirts, purses, shoes, jewelry, accessories and even perfume and makeup for 50%-70% off! The best thing about Plato’s Closet is that you can sell your clothes to them as well! Plato’s is super affordable and won’t burn a hole in your wallet… unless you let it.

Wal-Mart – Honestly, what store is more affordable than Wal-Mart? I bet you can’t really think of one, because I know I can’t. You can buy anything and everything at Wal-Mart. But I shop for specific things at Wal-Mart. Mostly beauty products, writing utensils, snacks and necessities for my room (hangers, laundry baskets, picture frames). Wal-Mart’s prices are unreal, and you get to price match as well.

Beauty products like makeup, soap, shampoo/conditioner and facial cleansers are far cheaper than if you were to go to other stores. There are sales that go on weekly that can save you a bunch of money. As for writing utensils and school necessities, I buy all of mine here. Pen’s, paper and binders are what I have recently purchased from Wal-Mart, and they did not break my bank account. So, I definitely suggest taking a look around Wal-Mart if you’re someone that enjoys deals.

Dollarama – Dollarama is the most affordable store on this list. A dollar for a pack of six pens… and yes, they do last longer than a few weeks. Just because things are a dollar, doesn’t mean they are terrible quality. I mean, they aren’t the best quality but they do the job well. I probably visit Dollarama once every two weeks. You can’t get more affordable than a dollar to two dollars for items.

At Dollarama normally I get hair elastics, white board markers (for my Conestoga calendar), snacks, containers to hold my makeup brushes, cards, sticky notes, dog treats… really anything! Dollarama has anything you want to buy there for clearly a super cheap price. What’s also pretty cool about Dollarama is that you see items that you don’t even see in a regular department store. If you’re working on a project, or presentation I definitely suggest going to Dollarama. They have all the project tools you might be looking for, as well as coloured cue cards – which I am obsessed with. So, I definitely suggest shopping there if you want to stay within your budget, and shop for affordable school necessities.

There are probably many other stores that are super affordable for students in college. However, these are just one’s that I catch myself at. Especially when my bank account is not where it should be, and I have crazy expenses that have to be paid. Take a look at these stores and tell me what YOU think!

By: Jasmine Marinelli