Student Discounts on Computer Software

In my searches around the ‘net yesterday, I managed to stumble upon a couple of neat things: 1) College students can get some darn good deals at Microsoft’s website (which is useful only if you don’t hate Microsoft) and 2) College students can get some super deals at Adobe’s website, on things like Photoshop and Lightroom!  I’ve wanted Photoshop for a loooooong time.  Looooong time.  Now I’m trying to figure out how to get $300 before the end of summer so I can purchase both programs (yep, I can both for about $300).  As I’ve yet, I’ve had no brilliant ideas.  Anyone ideas?  And does anyone know if Photoshop does the same stuff Lightroom does?  Is buying both programs worth it, or would it be overkill?

One or both of the sites also has discounts for K-12 students as well as schools and possibly teachers (I forget who all was eligible, you’ll have to investigate further if you’re interested).  Adobe requires some sort of verification that you are, in fact, a college student.  Here are the links to each company’s site about educational discounts (I have no affiliation with these companies – I’m just sharing my new-found knowledge with you):
Adobe’s Higher Education Discount
Microsoft’s Education Discount

When Husband and I were looking at laptops to buy, we discovered Dell has a student discount program that also includes Alumni from certain colleges.  Go to, scroll down and click on “Public Sector”.  Click the appropriate link from the listing (K-12 education, K-12 employee, higher education employee, etc.).

In similar news, I also discovered that our local Target Optical offers some sort of student discount for eye exams and a 30% discount for AAA members.  If you plan to spend a decent chunk of money in Target’s optical department (and they, too, offer this great discount), it may be worth it to buy an AAA membership.  Plus, you get all sorts of other discounts if you’re an AAA member.  Oh, and you get the AAA member benefits, too, like roadside assistance and all that stuff.  It’s a good deal all around.

There are many other places that offer student discounts, too.  Movie theaters often offer a student price.  There are other places that do, too, but I don’t remember what they are right now.  If you’re looking to buy something, trying searching for whatever you want to buy + student discount and see what you come up with.  If you’re in a store, ask them if they offer such a discount.  The worst they can do is say ‘no’, right?  Happy shopping!

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