Being a college student has its perks. With the simple swipe of a card, we have access to full meals, gym equipment and laundry machines. For many of us, there are few expenses we have to worry about — and yet, when it comes time to make an actual purchase, we cross our fingers in hopes that our debit card won’t be declined.
The struggle is real. But there is hope, friends. Many local businesses take pity on our kind and are willing to offer discounts on a range of products and services. Read on to find out where you can take advantage of these offers.
Adventure Sports in Hershey, Pa. has a buy-one-get-one-free deal on 15 minute laser tag sessions. If you’ve never visited Adventure Sports, it is about a 10 minute drive from campus and has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. While the hours of operation are limited during the winter, it’s a great option for when the weather becomes warmer and you’re itching to do something fun and different. Redeem this offer via AroundCampus, which is available on the app store (or online at www.aroundcampus.com).
The most important kind of discounts (in my perspective, at least) are those having to do with food. At Subway, you can get a six inch sub free when you buy another six inch sub and a fountain drink. And if a friend’s birthday is coming up, or you just happen to really love cake, you can get $5 off $50 at Linda’s Cakery in Mount Joy, Pa. Again, see AroundCampus for access to these coupons.
I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t love pizza. With a valid student ID, you can get 25% off “any pizzas of regular menu price” at Papa John’s. At Metro Express, you can get an extra-large cheese pizza plus a 2-liter soda for $8.99. I’ll be honest, I’m getting ravenous just thinking about it.
Folklore Coffee and Company, as most students know, offers a 10 percent discount on food and beverages to Elizabethtown College students.
Some other businesses within walking distance of campus — including Salon 40 and Pita Pit on Market Street — will offer discounts with a student ID. When in doubt, you can always ask; it’s always worth questioning if there are savings involved.
Don’t be afraid to seek out these offers and share them with your friends; we are all in the same boat and surely want to save as much cash as possible.