Today I have some new ideas on how to save money on all those little doodads and add-ons you need to customize your student’s computer. Keep these in mind for later; college classes like graphic or web design can mean your student will need to buy new programs. There are all kinds of software your student might need, from a word processor to an anti-virus and beyond. To get the best deal, it just takes a little hunting around.
Student discounts extend even further than just purchasing a computer. Sometimes campus bookstores offer student discounts on software or computer accessories. Several websites offer discounted student prices for software, as long as it is not used for commercial purposes. That can mean savings of literally hundreds of dollars. Look for your software at sites like the ones listed here:
Academic Superstore: http://www.academicsuperstore.com/
Student Discounts: http://www.studentdiscounts.com/
Campus Tech: http://www.campustech.com/
Fry’s Electronics is a great resource for software and other computer accessories. They are a chain of warehouse-sized electronics stores, and because they buy in bulk, they often have huge discounts and great rebate deals. If you watch your local store and their online website, http://frys.com/, you will find new deals every week. Their rebates are sometimes so large that you honestly end up getting the full price of the software back-meaning that, in essence, you get the software for the price of the stamp you use to mail the rebate!
All the best,