Preparing for school the cost-efficient way


Sadly, the end of the summer is rapidly approaching. For students, this means it is time to get back in the mindset of multiple classes, early mornings, school supplies and trendy clothing. Even if you are not a student, it is a great time to catch great deals and bargains from local stores or online.

Here’s a tip: If you call it “back to school shopping,” you will be more likely to spend guilt-free.

First things first. If you are a student, do not be afraid to whip out your student ID when making a purchase. This will help you save major coins, on top of exclusive sales that could potentially be offered at specific stores.

UNiDAYS is a free website and app that can help you find savings for just being an enrolled student. If you have a student email address, you are all set to begin saving. Stores such as American Eagle, Urban Outfitters, Kate Spade, PrettyLittleThing and Adidas have deals that are all registered with UNiDAYS.

Sarah Parker, a student at Florida State University, said “UNiDAYS is my holy grail. I log in weekly to catch deals, so I can save money when it comes to shopping. I have also noticed that there have been more bargains posted recently to help students like me get ready for school.”

Stores in Governor’s Square Shopping Mall, such as Pink Shoe Bag, Express, PINK, Banana Republic and Charlotte Russe allow students to show their student IDs for savings, or in some cases, register online.

If you are in need of school or tech supplies, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Microsoft and Amazon have great deals.

At Staples, you can receive 25 percent off school supplies when you buy a backpack, plus up to 80 percent off additional school supplies. Microsoft offers all students 10 percent off any purchase.

No matter where you choose to shop for your back to school needs, remember to check the stores’ websites for promotional deals. Shop smarter, not harder.