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Student Discounts

by Meghann on July 28, 2011

Do you know what you can make with leftover Caprese Salad Omelette ingredients?

A Caprese Salad. πŸ˜‰


This is actually why I bought the ingredients in the first place. Fresh balls of mozzarella were on sale at Publix last week and I just couldn’t resist.


The combination of mozzarella, basil, and tomato is a favorite of mine. Throw in some cinnamon pecans, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and place it all on a bed of spinach? I swoon. πŸ™‚


As I was paying at the tea shop yesterday the cashier politely asked if I was a student. She then explained students receive a 10% discount on all purchases, which translated to roughly 40 cents off of my bill. Without giving it a second thought I said yes and quickly flashed my FSU ID.


See the issued date? 08/17/2003. Gulp. And I graduated in 2007. Double gulp.

Despite being out of school for over 4 years ( has it really been that long?!?!) my FSU ID rarely leaves my side. I hate to admit it, but I take advantage of the ‘student discount’ when ever I can and rarely think twice about it. I keep waiting for someone to notice the issued date, blonde hair, and wrinkle-less face and say, ‘Wait a minute, shouldn’t you be out of school by now?’ When that time comes I have a plan – PHD. That should give me another few years, right?

Now, even though I don’t think twice about this, deep down inside I know it’s wrong. There’s a reason it’s called ‘student discount’ and not ‘self-employed 20-somethinger discount.’ (though, I swear it feels like I had more money then, than I do now. I sure do miss making my monthly withdraws from the Bank of Mom and Dad…). My big fear is businesses will catch on to this abusive trend, revoke the discount, and I’ll have a bunch of struggling college students coming after me. Not cool.

So, for now, I’m torn. Is it time to give up the power of the student id? Probably. I just need to take the first stand and leave the addictive id at home once and for all and finally admit to myself that I’m not a student anymore, that I’m closer to 30 than I am to 20, and my student years are (for now) long behind me.

What are your thoughts on the elusive student discount? Do you still take advantage of it?

1 Anne July 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I totally pulled out my grad school ID to get the student discount at a ski mountain in Wyoming. Whatever . . . it was 2.5 years old at the time, and it doesn’t even have an issue date. It does say my birthday though. Again . . . PhD, right?

2 Lee July 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm

If you still have the ID, go for it.

3 Emily @ Savory and Savage July 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I would use my student ID if I still had it πŸ™‚
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4 Shannon July 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I am a student (6 yr degree) but my boyfriend is not. He alwayss flashes his card and mine to get discounts. It might be the “George costnanza” in him, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. If you have 3 small children, a husband, a minivan and still ask for 2 students, 3 kids..maybe it’s time to retire the card.

5 Shanna, Like Banana July 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Nope, I stopped taking advantage when both hubby and I were out of grad school.
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6 Mary @ food and fun on the run July 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I do still take advantage! I graduated in 2009, and I always get the student discount at the movie theater. My local yoga studio even gives a student discount with student id, so I tend to use it there too.

Ya, it is lying, but I just don’t see the problem with it. It is morally a bit off, but a little here, a little there….so maybe I am just making myself feel better about it!
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7 Lisa at Mrs. Fish July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I’m in graduate school, so I still use my grad school ID for student discounts on movies all the time!
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8 megan @ whatmegansmaking July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I have to say, I kind of think it’s wrong. To me, it’s the same as lying, so I don’t do it. I was tempted for awhile though! πŸ™‚

9 Krissy - Shiawase Life July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Hey! I just got an FSU card in the mail πŸ™‚ Only issue – since I am an online student, no pic of me, just the seminole…lol.

I’d say…rule of thumb, if you’re still paying back your student loans, you can get a discount!

10 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Ha! I like that rule πŸ™‚

11 Kelly July 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I like that rule, too. Although, with my student loan debt, I’ll be flashing a student i.d. card until I’m 60. Don’t think that’s gonna fly! πŸ™‚

I think there’s a time and place for everything. 40 cents is not that great of a discount, so I’d rather just leave my college card behind and get on with my life. I don’t like to carry a bunch of stuff around, though, so that would be more important to me than saving a few cents here and there. Now, if it is something over $1 savings, then I’d probably hold onto it.

12 Melinda July 28, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I use that student discount everywhere they have one! I’m totally on the “I’m gonna use it til I’m done with my loans or that picture doesn’t look like me anymore!” bandwagon.

13 Anna @ History Running Girl July 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I’m going back to grad school in August so I’ve started using it. I saved $20 dollars on a membership to a Museum! It was great! (I only took a year off between undergrad and grad though)
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14 Julia July 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I don’t think student loans make any difference. If you took out student loans, it’s on you to pay them back. It is not society’s responsibility to “give you a break” because you chose to go to a school you couldn’t afford. Just to make my perspective clear, I’m a college senior who chose my second choice school because they offered me a full ride while my first choice school would have cost about $15000 a year.

15 Emily July 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm

People don’t take out student loans so they can go to a school they can’t afford. Some people take them out to go to college. Period. Of course everyone has the choice to go to a “cheaper” school, but the sad reality is most of the population can’t just go to college without taking out some type of loan. Just a thought of a recent grad.

16 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I’m with Emily on this point. My sister just finished up her master’s program at a state university and despite having student grants, working as a TA, and part time employment, she still had to take out loans to afford school. Same with my brother who is now $300,000 in debt, but can proudly call himself Dr. Anderson. Currently he’s a resident in CA, but he’s also making less than I was working full time as a marketing assistant at my old job (and pulling in 80 hour weeks). He went to an instate school and had my parent’s help, but becoming a doctor is expensive, no matter where you go to school. Sometimes loans aren’t just necessary – they’re a priority.

17 Carrie @ Confessions of a Dietitian July 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

Truth! My husband went to a state med school and it still cost 100k+. His college was paid for, but man are we going to be paying med school off And it is really impossible to have a job and go to med school at the same time unless you are doing a very, very, very long program. Yes, for the first 3 yrs of residency he made the equivalent of me as a brand new financial analyst in ’02.

Also, student loans are usually fairly low interest and if you get subsidized the interest isn’t too bad. Husband is an MD, I’m an MS, RD and we have been in post-grad education for 8 yrs b/t the two of us. We didn’t have to over-educate ourselves, but I feel like it is going to pay off.
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18 Krissy - Shiawase Life July 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

whoa there πŸ™‚

I actually was one of the lucky ones who had my tuition paid by scholarships and the good ol bank of my mom and dad. I paid for everything else by working for the university and thus, finished my BA with no loans whatsoever.

Just wanted to offer a different look!
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19 Whitney July 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Good for you for being able to get a full ride. Seriously, WOO HOO for you! Unfortunately not all of us are as lucky as you. I have 30,000 dollars in student loans. Does this make me a bad person ? I just think your post is very judgmental. Without student loans I wouldn’t have been able to get a quality education.

20 Courtney @ Third Time's A Charm July 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm

“because you chose to go to a school you couldn’t afford”

Sorry, but this is extremely closed minded. I too, went to my second choice school for undergrad because I earned a full ride. However, when you’re looking at professional schools (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, etc) even the state schools are expensive.
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21 Hannah (Running In Freedom) July 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I miss those ids! Now FSU has boring gold ones πŸ™ So as long as no one knows about that I think you’re safe πŸ˜‰
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22 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Really?!? So sad, I always loved the way our ids looked with the photo of the fountain on it.

23 Cait's Plate July 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I totally still have my Boston College ID and use whenever possible. I’ve NEVER gotten called on it so I figure why not πŸ™‚
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24 Amy July 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I am just way too scared of getting called out or getting in trouble! πŸ˜‰ I like the “student loans” argument though… πŸ˜‰
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25 Marissa Elliot July 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Well since you asked for our opinion I am not even going to lie, I think that is ridiculous. Student discounts are for students and you’ve been out of school for almost 5 years!! Not to mention it’s not honest. I’m not really surprised that you do this though.

26 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This is exactly why I asked! I know it’s wrong, but I was interested to see how many people still do or don’t take advantage of it. You’re right – I’ve been out of school for almost 5 years – it’s ridiculous!

27 Liz August 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

If you know something is wrong, why would you do it anyway?

28 Raya July 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I graduated in 2006 and I still use mine. Mostly at the movie theater, because I think that paying $13-15 for a movie is ridiculous.
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29 Stacie July 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I agree with Marissa. I can’t believe how many people are condoning this dishonesty. And frankly, I can’t believe you still do it even though you keep saying you know it’s wrong. Your blog has a lot of traffic and if I were you, I would not want to send the message “It’s ok to cheat as long as you don’t get caught.” And, for a few cents? Really???

30 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I never said that I was putting out the message that it’s ok to cheat. I was just opening up the debate – I admitted to my own struggles with it because I try to keep this blog real and those feelings are real to me. I’m sure there are other people that are having the same internal struggle and after reading these comments will probably also realize that it’s wrong and think twice before flashing their student id in similar situations.

31 Susie July 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

You never explicitly said it’s okay to cheat, but come on, you have to see how you’re cheating the system by still using your student ID, right? If you’ve decided (and it seems that you have) to stop using the student discount since you are no longer a student, I commend you.

32 Whitney July 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Seriously ? Are people getting all worked up about you using a college id to get what a 10% discount on some food now and then?! Holy crap!! I just can’t believe people are taking this the way they are and making you feel like a cheater or a liar. Who cares!? If the person offering the student discount cared, they would CHECK your id and if not you save a dollar here and there. Am I wrong here?

33 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks July 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I graduated from San Francisco State University back in 2005. When I travel, I use the student ID for discounts….I don’t use it in California anymore, however, as the SFSU IDs have changed since graduation.

I know I should feel bad for using a college ID when I have been out of school for 6 years, but frankly, I’m still just as poor, so, whatever. I am really not hurting anyone by saving $2 on getting into the Paul Revere House (the last time I used my ID, I was in Boston and my friend and I used them to get discounts at locations on the “Freedom Trail”…).
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34 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I would have probably whipped it out for that too. If it’s educational it still count, right?

35 Rachel July 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Actually, I disagree with you here. Museums, libraries and “educational places” are exactly the types of businesses where I would have the most qualms about abusing the student ID discount. These places are nonprofit and often poorly funded, especially during a recession. I’ve definitely used my ID in the past to get a discount, but I’ve stopped now that I recognize these places aren’t profit-making businesses. Their purpose is to educate the public, not pull in bonuses for CEOs.

One reason why we are currently in a recession is because people who can afford to spend money aren’t spending. When people who are actually doing fine (i.e. employed full-time) hear that the economy is bad, they often panic and stop spending money. Because they stop patronizing businesses, those businesses’ employees cut back on patronizing other businesses, and so on and so on–creating a domino effect. You have to put money into the economy to get money out of it, that’s just how it works.
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36 Cait July 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

You’ve got to be kidding me if you think this is why we’re in a recession. I know I’m reading through these comments a whole year after the debate, but yours struck me as the most absurd. The trickle down effect (or lack thereof as you claim) has nothing to with the cause of the current recession. Although I personally do not condone it, no illegal use of an expired student ID has caused the recession.

37 Rachel July 26, 2012 at 12:00 am

I wasn’t saying that using expired student IDs has caused this recession; I was saying that you need to spend money to get out of a recession. It’s a paradox, but economists prove time and again it’s true. (That’s why there was that thing called the stimulus bill.) Obviously numerous factors went into causing this recession (subprime loans being just one) and shaving a few bucks off of ticket prices was definitely not the cause. Reflecting back on my comment, I can see how I poorly connected the second paragraph , so it might seem like I’m making that claim. (For the record, I was not making any connection to the trickle down effect, which I totally don’t believe in.)

My main point was that I believe in patronizing libraries, museums, and educational places especially during a recession, which is when people normally tighten their belts and these places suffer. Previous commenters noted that they felt better about whipping out their college IDs for these places because they were educational, rather than commercial. One above says, “I’m not hurting anyone by saving $2 going to the Paul Revere house.” I was trying to argue that this assumption (which Meghann concurred with) was ludicrous — how is the Paul Revere house any less prone to suffering from revenue loss than a commercial enterprise?

38 runningoncoffee July 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I’m over 6 yrs out of undergrad. Used my grad school I’d for the 3 yrs I was a grad student. Hubs uses student I’d still but he is a PhD student. Sometimes when he shows his and we are together it is assumed I am also a student.

39 RunningOnCoffee July 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I hate that my blackberry turned ID into “I’d”.
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40 julie @ pbfingers July 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I’m weird in that I will only bust out my student ID at certain places. Like the movie theater = totally okay (though my husband disagrees), but Goodwill = not okay. I guess I use it in places that I feel like don’t need the extra $$, as horrible as that is.
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41 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I’m the same way. I never used my student id at the yoga studio (because I knew and loved the owner and felt bad not giving her the extra $2), but I would use it at the movie theater all the time.

42 Molly July 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I really disagree with that type of moral relativism. It’s like saying you’re ok with shoplifting from a big chain store but not a small boutique. It’s never acceptable to steal, regardless of how much a store needs your business. Likewise, it’s never OK to lie to secure a discount to which you are not entitled.

43 Kayla July 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I completely agree, Molly!

44 Ali July 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

i was going to say this, but i will just agree with you!

45 SaraRM July 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

If I still had mine I would definitely use it at the movies. I think they completely screw people over with tkt prices!

46 Molly July 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

If you don’t like the ticket prices, then don’t patronize the theater. It’s unethical and just plain tacky to ask for a student discount when you’re no longer a student.

47 Paula July 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Yes, totally agree with Molly’s comment #33. It’s time to grow up, leave the student ID behind and let the students who rightly deserve the discounts to get them. Wouldn’t it be a shame if places stopped giving discounts because some people were fraudulently taking advantage of them?

48 Jessica July 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

the thing is, there are places that give student discounts that students don’t even know about. A place in a college area will not stop giving discounts just because a few “students” used the discount… they’re already getting more business than they would if they didn’t offer one. Conversely, a place not in a college area is probably not banking on college students coming in and “taking advantage” of the discount so they probably won’t stop offering it because it doesn’t really affect them monetarily, and like Meghann was saying- it’s all about the repeat business.

49 Lucy July 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

You realise that movie theater owen do not fic the ticket prices?

For the theater to make money out of a movie, it has to be shown for at least 5 weeks. Most movies do not make that cut …

For them the only way to make money is with the food, hence the high price of popcorn!

Know that most theater are franchised and owned by actual people.

50 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I LOVE student discounts! I go to UCF and our discounts are the best when buying theme park tickets in Orlando. Helloooooooo Disney πŸ˜‰
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51 erica July 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

hahaha. i was always too nervous i’d get caught. haha.
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52 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I would definetly take advantage if asked like that! I carry mine around too just for the same reason… I actually went back for my mba last year so I got a new one with an updated picture! I plan on using this one with a pic of me as an adult for many many many years…. I have no shame to save a penny or two!
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53 Bridget July 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

My college ID has no date on it so I think it would be easy to get away with it, but I think it’s dishonest so I don’t. But I LOVE that I’m still asked if I’m a student even though I’m 32! To me that’s better than a measly 10% discount πŸ™‚

54 Nikki aka pickynikki July 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Haha… I am in the same boat Bridget 32 does not look like 19 πŸ™ at least on me!
My Student ID had an expiry date on it … maybe because of my Canadian school? I know when I was taking more courses within the past couple of years I received a new one every semester with a new expiry date. I used it when I purchased my macbook, however I was student, and it was still valid. I went back to school in my late 20s early 30s, so really age is not a concern for “student” status and there are many “middle aged” people who go back to university… Age isn’t a determining factor for a student status.

For those who say it isn’t right to ask for two students and two children at the movie theatre, Who Says?? …as there are a lot of students who are parents! Who definitely NEED that discount… I was just taking more Sp. education courses to beef up my resume so I didn’t use it for anything but the computer purchase.
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55 Emily July 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

My college ID also doesn’t have a date on it. Score! I use it all the time!
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56 Laura July 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I don’t use mine anymore. I think about if I were still a student and how I would feel if a discount was taken away because others were abusing it…not worth it. It just doesn’t feel right to me. Plus, to me that’s why there are groupons, couponing, etc so we can still get some kind of deal. There are plenty out there, it just takes a little more work than flashing a school id.
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57 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

very true! good point!

58 Hannah Hawley July 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I would love to, but I don’t have my ID anymore. I got rid of it when I realized that all the stores in the area checked the expiration date on my card.
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59 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) July 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I’m a student of life, always learning new things.

(no, going too far? πŸ˜‰ )
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60 Hillary July 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

My boyfriend and I still use our student discounts—-he’s a PhD student and I’m getting my master’s, so I guess we’re technically still allowed to? ; )
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61 Mia July 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I am a 32 year old PhD student, and I don’t use my ID to get discounts…I kind of feel like it would be taking advantage of the system given my age, the fact that I do get paid to go to school, and my husband has a good paying job. I feel like student discounts should be left to truly struggling students, because as you said, if you get caught the store owner might revoke the discount from real students.

62 Jen July 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I did the same exact thing! Sometimes I even used it to ride the bus for free the year after I graduated, which was in 2007 as well. Eventually the bus caught on and now you have to swipe your ID. But now that I went back to school and have a new ID, I now qualify as a student again, hurray!
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63 Lexie July 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Did you go to Pitt? They are starting to do this on the Port Authority in Pittsburgh.

It pissed me off whenever kids from other schools would use “fake” Pitt ID’s to get free bus rides whenever Pitt students paid a $90 transportation fee every semester for “free” bus rides.
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64 Jen @ Jen is Green July 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm

nope, i went to school in Albany, NY. But we might have been paying a fee like that too, who knows! But all the big schools in Albany got to ride a certain bus line for free, though.
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65 Katie July 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I don’t think I have any old IDs. But I would feel very wrong about using one anyway as I am not currently a student. (I do sometimes get legitimate discounts because I’m a teacher!)

66 claire July 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I could not agree more! I still have my handy dandy Georgia id and I do tend to flash it when they ask for it. Plus, I kind of *think* I have a young face so it all works! I do feel bad sometimes, but like you, I think young, broke 20 somethings should get discounts! We are working our butts off just as much as we did as students and, like you said, are probably working with a little less cash flow. Mom and dad are way less inclined to support me now that I work full time haha!
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67 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I have never used it after college — to be honest I never thought twice about it!
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68 My Blonde Moments July 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I still fully take advantage of the student discount. And, sadly, I probably will for years becasue I work in higher ed and my “staff ID” is pretty much a student ID with a tiny little thing on it that says “staff” that no one ever sees. I find the discount to be especially nice at places like the movies or museums. Also, I still take classes on a regular basis, so I am technically still a student.

69 lynne @lgsmash July 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Many of the places I know that offer student discounts also offer a teacher discount as well so I think you’re good. And if you shop at The Limited, be sure to let them know you’re a student/teacher/military personnel and you’ll get a 15% discount!

70 Lauren C. @ FocusedToBeFit July 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Oh yea! I use mine whenever possible! If they don’t care enough to look closer may as well take advantage of it!
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71 Stephanie July 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Hey, the cashier obviously thought you looked young enough, so why not? I don’t carry my old ids (one is practically in pieces and the other has a very obvious expiration date). Besides, one of my husband’s friends is in the military, and whenever he flashes his idea, they ALL get the discount just for being with him.

I have a AAA card for “roadside assistance”…or really, for shopping discounts.

72 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers July 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I actually had the fellow at my gym ask me if I was a student. I said no, but I jokingly said I still had the id. He said, that’ll work, and gave me the discount anyway. It was pretty awesome, but I think mostly they’re trying to encourage more folks to come to their business anyway. the extra five dollars a month doesn’t mean a ton to them if it means I’ll be paying the rest of the fees (much more than 5 bucks).
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73 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

My old gym person did the same thing! He was like ‘look, I can save you $20 a month if you bring you still have your student on you.’ He didn’t even care that I wasn’t a student, he just wanted me to sign up for the gym and if saving $20 a month did that, then he was happy to help. πŸ™‚

74 Jen July 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I used mine until the day before I took my husband’s last name. And I’d have no problem still flashing my college ID now 4 years post grad school.

75 Katy (The Singing Runner) July 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I’m still in college and planning on going to grad school when I graduate undergrad so I’ll be a student for awhile. πŸ˜‰ That being said, even if I wasn’t immediately going to grad school, I would probably still use my undergrad ID for awhile. I know that it is wrong, but I will still be in the “poor 20-something year old” category for awhile. For places like the movies, yes I would take advantage of the discount, especially since the price to go to a movie is crazy high. But for “mom and pop” places and local businesses, I wouldn’t. πŸ™‚
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76 Jillian July 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I still have my student ID from college as well even though I’ve been out for three years. I typically forget I have it, but every so often at the movie theater, I am asked if I have a student ID and when pulling it out of my wallet is their idea, I’m not going to say no!

77 Julia July 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I think it is totally wrong! I’m not being mean but it’s dishonest and it’s strange that you still carry it around with you. That is the same thing as parking in a handicapped spot because you borrowed the car of someone with a handicapped tag and you don’t think it will be a big deal.

78 Jess July 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hm I don’t really think that using a student ID to get a small discount is the same as parking in a handicapped spot..pretty sure the handicapped spot is the greater of the two evils

79 Molly July 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I totally agree. I was so surprised that so many people think it’s okay! The reason it’s a student discount is because it’s for students who can’t have full-time jobs. If it were for everyone, it would be the price.

80 Whitney July 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

So I graduated 5 years ago and can hardly afford rent. I have a full time job. I still struggle. You think it’s a big deal for me to get a discount here and there with my student ID?

81 Theresa July 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I don’t think we even had student discounts when I was in college! I guess graduating almost 11 years explains that though…
My only argument against struggling 20-somethings using the IDs because they need the discounts is that there are also struggling 30, 40 and 50-somethings out there – would it be OK for them to continue abusing the system? Where do you draw the line?
BUT – in all honesty, if I had one and looked young enough to get away with it I’d probably use the discount every now and then.
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82 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Good point! Where do we draw the line? People are struggling through every generation of life.

83 Paula July 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Well, with this issue, drawing the line is pretty easy: if you’re a student, use the ID and get a discount. If you’re not a student, don’t. Try to find other discounts or coupons to take advantage of.

84 Mia July 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

that’s odd, i finished college in 2000 and we had student discounts…
anyway, i think the difference between college students and struggling 30 – 50 year olds is that college students also have to pay tuition fees in addition to be broke. Also, a lot of places offer student discounts because they are trying to attract a younger crowd – it’s really more a marketing tool than a way to help young people save a buck.

85 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

It really is just a marketing ploy to draw the younger crowd! I hit a big ‘DUH’ moment with that today and wrote a rebuttal that I’m posting tonight on that fact.

86 Theresa July 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Yes 20-somethings are paying tuition fees, but what about the 30+ people paying student loans? What’s the difference? I do agree with your point on marketing though – offering the discount for students is most definitely a way to attract a certain crowd. But I think from a marketing perspective it’s intended for actual students & not used-to-be students.
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87 Molly July 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

The “difference” is that 30-somethings are in a position to have a job and aren’t still taking classes.

I did read the rebuttal, and I’m still thinking that it’s strange and wrong to keep using the student I.D.. Yes, it’s for marketing. But we’re talking about a lot of small businesses offering a discount to a small population, STUDENTS who can’t have full-time jobs and therefore take advantage of places with discounts over other places. If you’re not a student, it’s not being offered to you, but you’re taking it anyway.

88 Stepfanie July 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Really, it’s a question of personal morality. Dishonesty is dishonesty to me. Where do you draw the line? To me, that 10% discount isn’t worth 40 cents. If you were caught and then lied about pursuing a PhD.–that’s definitely unacceptable to me. In the end, it only matters how you feel.

89 Julie July 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

LOL I proudly flashed my Gator 1 from UF every chance I got until it started peeling apart. Did I mention I graduated in 2004? Ooops πŸ™‚

90 Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) July 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I’m going into grad school in the fall- I finished my undergrad last August, but my ID was good until the fall, so I still used it… I’m selective with it, though- usually I use it for chains, but I won’t use it for small businesses…
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91 Jess July 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I still use mine..I’m a graduate student getting my PhD so I guess I’m technically still a student. I’ve had people give me the discount even without seeing my ID. And even when I say I’m not a college student anymore they still usually give me the discount anyways!

92 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

That happens to me too.

93 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I think most still take advantage of it….I guess it depends on how big the purchase is? Usually for movie tickets b/c it is a smaller expense I’d use it, but if it were like for a T.V. or something, I think it shouldn’t be used.
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94 Jill July 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

There is nothing wrong with it. I also park in the spots reserved for expectant mothers so I am just a rebel all around.

95 Marissa Elliot July 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I disagree wholeheartedly. Dishonesty is just flat out wrong no matter how you look at it.

96 Jill July 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Oh boy…..I guess when I knowingly use expired coupons I should say 2o hail mary’s.

97 Shelley July 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Im sorry but this is wrong! Those parking spots are for expectant mothers for a reason geeze!

98 Kara July 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

You’re not a rebel, you’re a jerk. Clearly you’ve never been pregnant, and so tired and swollen that walking anywhere is a struggle. And sometimes there’s no way around doing those errands, especially if you have other little ones running around.

Re: Meghann’s post, abusing student discounts well after you’re a student is unethical.

99 Marie July 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Blah, blah, blah. Being pregnant doesn’t give you a reason for a special parking spot. Having a kid has been done billions of times. Big whoop. And no, I don’t have kids. If I wanted to ruin my life I would.

100 molly July 29, 2011 at 4:47 am

thank you! i understand why a pregnant woman would feel this is important. i’ve never been pregnant, but have many friends/family with kids. i even maybe want a child one day, but i don’t expect to get any kind of special treatment just because i’m pregnant. it’s your choice to be pregnant, not my problem.

101 Kara July 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

Of course I don’t expect any special treatment because I chose to have a kid (and if I don’t judge you for not having kids — because I couldn’t care less what other people do — please don’t refer to people who choose to have them as ruining their lives), but when expectant mother parking spots are made available by a business, it is common courtesy to leave them available for the people meant to use them. If you didn’t get a ticket parking in a handicapped spot, would you park there?

I don’t see how extending a very basic courtesy to someone who might need it more than you is such a big deal.

102 Jill July 29, 2011 at 9:06 am

LOL…You guys are so funny! I have been pregnant as have millions of women in the world and I didn’t think I was the second coming for it. In any event, I just bought a 10 pack of yoga classes with a student discount so take that squares!

103 Marie July 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Yo, I do think having kids sorta ruins your life. I’ve had people with kids say exactly that to me. Just keepin’ it real.

104 Liz August 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

So, being an ethical human being is being a square?

Good to know.

105 Jill August 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

Yes. You are better than everyone. And a square.

106 Samantha July 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

My ID doesn’t have a date on it, so I would use it. But then again, I just graduated from college in May, so I think I’m still entitled. I don’t think it’s a big deal, so I have no qualms with it. If you’re still paying back student loans, then you need all the money you can get for that!
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107 Whitney July 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm


108 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups July 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I still use my college ID for discounts when asked (I don’t request the student price on my own), but now you may have guilted me out of it. Now I feel selfish!
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109 Anna July 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I also graduated in 2007…and actually shredded my ID card so I wouldn’t even have the option of using the discount.

I think using the discount when not a student is dishonest. If someone really needs to use a discount to buy a cup of coffee because they can’t afford it otherwise, they shouldn’t be buying that coffee to start with!

Abusing discounts = no discounts long term because companies will stop giving them!

110 Kristie July 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I did this too (shredding the card). It makes me sad how many people are totally okay with this.

111 Jess July 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Just out of curiosity do you also not use expired Bed Bath and Beyond coupons, even though they still honor them?

112 Kristie July 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I don’t really shop at Bed Bath and Beyond but if I did I wouldn’t use the coupons. I used to work in retail and hated when people would try to use expired coupons because you have to follow the “customer is always right” spiel but afterwards management always grills you about how you could have gotten them to not want to use the coupon/spend more money. Lose lose situation there.

113 Jess July 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Hm, I wonder why they would even honor them then in that case. I’ve even had them ask me if I have coupons that are expired! Weird…I’m sure each retail store is different. But good for you for sticking with your moral standards….I definitely let the discount win me over more times than not–I’m a sucker for a deal.

114 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I hate that. I’ve had cashiers point out expired coupons before that I have and I always say ‘that’s ok’ and throw them away.

115 Cynthia Crowsen July 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I used to work for Bed Bath and Beyond. The “expiration date” is to encourage you to come to the store before they “expire”. They accept them after that date because customers are more likely to use them on higher priced merchandise.

That’s the store policy and is different than having a student discount intended for current students and not people who still have their ID.
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116 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I know and that’s why I don’t want to use it anymore. I hate to spoil it for everyone else.

117 lauren July 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

What about people who use triple-whatever coupons at CVS and have crazy coupon binders? The reason why prices are so high on 80% of items at stores like those is because people abuse the system, but because it’s so widely done and technically “legal,” it’s become a socially acceptable form of stealing. So if you don’t have the time to dedicate your life to scouring coupon blogs, you pay the price for somebody else’s theft, basically.

118 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

That’s why the ‘Extreme Couponer’ show is so crazy and has gotten such bad press. I’m on the fence about that too. I try using coupons in my shopping, but going to that extreme is wayyyy too much effort.

119 Amy July 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Say what?! Using coupons is not theft, and savvy couponers do not drive prices up at CVS and grocery stores!!!! Also, the store itself does not bear the cost of all coupons. Most coupons come from manufacturers, who reimburse the stores where the coupons were redeemed. Manufacturers distribute coupons in the newspapers, in the mail, online, and in all kinds of other ways. Almost every drugstore, grocery store, and Target/Walmart type store offers their own weekly sales. Many grocery stores have double coupon day or triple coupon day once a month and they advertise the coupon day. It is NOT “a socially acceptable form of stealing.” These are discounts that the stores and manufacturers have decided to offer. If you want to spend the time seeking out coupons and organizing them and strategizing where to obtain the greatest discount, by all means, you should! That’s why the coupons were printed!!
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120 Michelle July 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Agree with Amy… My parents are retired and exist on a fixed income. They use coupons to get discounts so they are better able to afford their groceries. Calling coupon clipping “a socially acceptable form of stealing” is absolutely ridiculous and ludicrous. Not to mention uninformed and illogical..

121 Sara July 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

@ Lauren: How in God’s name is using a coupon an “acceptable form of stealing”? A store is reimbursed the full value of the coupon plus shipping and handling for sending it in to the store. I coupon, use multiple coupons at CVS and I have a binder. How does that make me crazy? I find it crazy people will pay $3 for a tube of toothpaste I get for 30 cents. That is a very different thing than lying to get a discount. Extreme Couponing is not a realistic representation of people that use coupons.

Re: Meghann’s question. I totally understand the impulse, that’s why I leave my ID at home even though I can totally pass for it. It is lying. But at the same time if someone asked me, I said no and they still offered it. I’d taken it.

122 Amanda @ Cucina Amanda July 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I used to carry both my undergrad and graduate IDs around with me, but just stopped a few months ago. I would occasionally pull it out for student discounts at the Reading Terminal Market in Philly but have decided to stop. Technically I don’t need the discount, plus I felt bad lying to the poor old ladies at the check out and I have this terrible fear of getting caught and getting in trouble! But if I wasn’t so afraid of getting caught using an expired ID, I would definitely still use it!

123 Anon July 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I agree with Anna – I think that’s pretty dishonest plus selfish.

124 Katie @ Faith and Funfetti July 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

You better believe I use my student i.d. certain places! I definitely have less money now than I did then (no one properly warns you about adulthood). I gave my University plenty of money via tuition…they can help me get 10% off certain places a few years past graduation.

125 Ida July 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I dont think it’s a huge deal- esp at the movies. But at small shops I think it’s better to leave the discount to the actual students.

126 Margo July 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I work at a college, and local businesses always seem to assume I’m a student and will give a discount without asking. A couple years ago, my father bought me a new computer for my birthday. We went to the store together so I could pick what I wanted, and the clerk mentioned they gave a student discount. My Dad said “well, she has a student ID.” The clerk said that was good enough for her, so we saved quite a bit of money!

127 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I’ve never used my ID post-graduation. Just doesn’t feel right!

I hear you about having more money in college. I thought I was a “poor college kid.” I was living the high life! lol. Now I pay way too many bills now that I have a mortgage, oil, tv etc etc etc.
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128 Lauren July 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I guess I’m not as morally upright as some of your commenters, because I really don’t see an enormous problem with using your ID card to get 10% off groceries. I personally don’t use my student ID for discounts (honestly, I didn’t use it much as a student, either – I just never remembered to), but I don’t believe that using your ID on occasion makes you morally circumspect.
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129 Lauren July 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Ignore that nonsensical last sentence – I meant makes you “LESS morally circumspect.”
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130 michelle July 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I think it’s wrong. Lying is lying. Period. End of story. No matter which way you try to spin it to make yourself feel better or to justify it, it’s wrong.

I used to know someone who still carried her military ID card (she was a spouse) but had gotten divorced but would still flash the card to get military discounts. So wrong.
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131 Sarah July 29, 2011 at 6:16 am

I agree with you, and as an active duty Marine, I just got so pissed about your friend still taking advantage of the military discount…just saying.

132 Army Amy* July 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

The guilt I’d feel would out weigh the amount of money that I’d save.*
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133 Jamie July 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I have totally used my old student ID! I probably get the most use out of it at the movies πŸ™‚

134 Heidi Nicole July 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

My student ID stays in my wallet…just in case I need it! I graduated in 2008 but nothing on my ID gives any dates.

135 Silvia @ skinny jeans food July 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Just imagine you have a business and ‘young adults’ free-ride with false ids. If you would be ok with that? Then go ahead using yours.
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136 Lucy July 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I agree 10000% with this one!

137 Laura July 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I still take advantage of the military discount. My husband is on Inactive Reserve, so they could still call him up, so I still want my 10%. We haven’t got our reserve IDs yet though, so I’m using my exp active duty one…
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138 Meagan July 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I don’t see anything wrong with using a MID as long as your husband is still a member of the military. Maybe some businesses might have a problem with the fact that it’s expired, but personally, I’d give you a discount for the sacrifices you make!

139 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I agree. Even if they were in the military at some point, they still deserve the discount. It’s something that should continue forever with military families.

140 Kate July 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I don’t have strong feelings either way. I’ve been out of school for 2 years and honestly never remember I have mine with me for discounts, but I do keep it in my wallet as a second form of photo ID. So I definitely haven’t shredded it, as some people seem to think you should. I really don’t see it as such a big problem that companies will stop giving student discounts because of people who continue to use their ID. Many larger schools have 30, 50 or 60 thousand students. What’s a couple extra hundred graduates to them?

I am just amazed at how morally superior some of these comments seem to be. Saying you “would NEVER because it is lying and you don’t do that!” only serves to make you feel superior to others on here. I think the debate Meghann has going on here is great, but some people may need to tone it down. Everyone has a right to make their judgment call without being attacked.

141 Ashley @ Thefitacademic July 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I actually am still a student (ph.d. student!) so I’ve been in school…oh, forever!? There are a bunch of eateries around the campus area that offer student discounts and anytime my hubby (NOT a student) and I go and eat at one of them, I always pay so I can whip out my student ID and get the discount for both of our meals. So I would certainly have no room to judge : )
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142 Tami July 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I thi k it’s wrong. My husband actually works at a local university and deals with I’d stuff..he spthinks it’s wring butnhe said a lot ofmpople still use their Ids and that it falls on the business for checking

143 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run July 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Hee! I used my student ID for 3 years after I graduated but then I felt bad and stopped. Plus, I had really short, dark hair in my picture and now it’s long and blonde so I figured it was time to give it up.
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144 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

You had short brown hair?!?1 For some reason I can’t picture that πŸ™‚

145 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) July 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I still have my college ID but I usually feel too guilty too use it, even though I almost always gets asked if I’m a student bc I look very young/am petite. I used it once for a hot yoga package, but I felt a bit bad about taking advantage of the system even though the package was waaaaay expensive without the discount.
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146 Angela @ pinching and packing July 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I don’t have my ID anymore because I had a purse stolen right after college. But, I think the only place I would feel okay using it is at the movies because it’s such an enormous rip off these days! Everywhere else I say leave the discounts to the students.
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147 Natalie S. July 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Aw, hell, go on and do it. I have a policy for those minor “moral infractions” — like taking a few samples out of your bulk bag of cashews at the grocery store — which is, if it hurts small businesses, don’t do it; if it’s with a big business, no one is directly getting hurt. Maybe morally questionable, but I don’t think anyone expects us to be consumer angels πŸ™‚

148 Mia July 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I think your policy is good in theory, but sometimes it’s hard to tell whether a business is financial solvent or not simply by looking at its size. There are plenty of large businesses that have to file for bankrupcy and have books that are in the red, but everyone assumes they are doing fine because own hundreds of stores. For example, in the 1990’s, the Gap almost went out of business until it was purchased by another business. For more recent examples, look at the airline industry. We think airlines are huge money making coporations, but they go out of business left and right…you just never really know!

149 Kelly July 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I don’t use student discounts BECAUSE I look young. I’m 25 and I am constantly mistaken for being 18. I try so hard to convince people I’m older and to take me seriously at work. Accepting the student discount would feel like I’m trying to have it both ways which just doesn’t sit right with me.
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150 Anna July 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I took a year off between undergrad and grad school (and took an internship for that year). I haven’t used it a ton (there isn’t a ton of places to use it), but now that I have my start date for grad I’ve definitely started using it again.
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151 Courtney July 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I’ve been out of school for 2 years and I totally use the student discount. I don’t feel bad though, i’m paying school loans off so until those are paid in full i’ll use my student discount haha.

152 stacey July 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I think that it is wrong to continue to use your student id. If you are questioning the habit, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it! I say leave the id at home.

153 Cat July 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I don’t think it’s a big moral issue or anything, but I just see it as a business ethics issue. As someone that is self-employed, you wouldn’t want to be thought of in the same context “Oh, she’s just 20-something social media freelancer, we can take advantage of her and not pay her what she is worth, etc.” So, in the spirit of fighting the small business fight, I’m really honest about things like this. I think if something is valuable and worth it to you, then you should pay for it. We offer a student discount, but since I don’t see all of our clients and do mostly online transactions, I take there word for it and ask them what they study. Treat businesses with the same respect you’d want for yourself and your paycheck and it’s only going to come back to you in good business karma! Haha, that’s just my two cents. Also, I don’t believe in the whole “I’m not hurting anyone” mentality. Businesses have bills to pay too!

154 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I completely agree Cat! That’s why I’ve decided not to use it anymore. If I’m fighting for small businesses, then I need to continue the effort with my own spending habits at home. Thank you for the comment πŸ™‚

155 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm

p.s. I’m curious if you offer a student discount and if you see 20-somethings taking advantage of it? Have you ever turned people away? For some reason seeing you as the person makes the business more real in my mind, I would NEVER want to keep you from getting the money you earned. I guess the trick is putting that personal spin to it and with that I never want to flash my student id again.

156 Cat July 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm

No, I’ve never turned anyone away! If they ask for it, I believe them, they also have to call or email to get the coupon code, so I guess I figure if they are making that effort that means something. I’m sure it’s totally possible that people take advantage of it, but I only have maybe 20 or 25 people a year that ask for it out, so it’s not a huge burden on us, but since we have a significant price point (average person spends about $215 – $295 with us for each six-week session), it does “count” in terms of our bottom line. I’m actually impressed that more people don’t ask for it, honestly. But if someone is willing to ask for it, I’ll give it. I would rather have their business than NOT of course πŸ™‚

You got me thinking this afternoon, but I think I have a really hard time NOT thinking about the personal aspect of business. That might just be my indoctrination of being in small biz for so long! Our company trains Gap Inc. employees and now I even have a personal connection to my skinny Old Navy jeans! crazy! πŸ™‚

157 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Isn’t it funny how that works? I now have a personal connection with every company I’ve worked with through the Healthy Living Summit too. Stonyfield has been so amazing to work with over the last few years, that they’ve made me brand loyal because of it. I want to support them because I know deep inside they’re such an amazing company. Companies that put heart behind their products really do win in the end. I *might* be heading to SF in October and if I do I may have to seek out your class this time (and pay full price!). Always great getting comments from you Cat, thanks for keeping the good debates alive!

158 M July 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm

What a thoughtful and well written reply.
I vote this the best reply !!! Well written.

(Didn’t have an opinion either way….until I read this comment!) πŸ™‚

159 M July 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

(PS I am referring to Cat’s comment as far as best reply comment!)

160 M July 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm

…meaning comment #114!

161 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep July 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I consider myself a student of life, so why not? πŸ˜‰

If I still had mine, and if the picture actually didn’t look as I remember it looking, I’d use it! But it’s been 8 years for me. GULP!
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162 KLM July 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I used mine for about a year after undergrad, but then I just stopped carrying it. I have an active grad student ID now, though, and just finished school in May. My plan is to use it until I get a full-time job β€”Β aka, until “I just finished my master’s” stops being my answer to the question “what do you do?” The surprising thing is how rarely I even get the chance to use it! None of the movie theaters near me have student discounts.
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163 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I think it really depends on what kind of town you live in. It’s a town with a large university they you are probably more likely to see the student discounts pop up.

164 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm

If I still had my college ID I would totally use it, even at 29 πŸ™‚
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165 Casey July 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

It never even crossed my mind to use a student discount once I wasn’t a student anymore. Seems pretty black and white to me. If you are a student you can use it..if you aren’t a student, you shouldn’t use it. It’s the same as using a fake id.

166 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I like the fake id analogy. Good point.

167 Sarah for Real July 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

What you need to do is join your school’s alumni association and then get your discounts legally!

168 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Do they still count if you are part of the alumni association? I’ve never heard of that before! What if you’re a member of boosters?

169 Sarah for Real July 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

It probably depends on the business and who’s working at the time. My alumni association has lists online of businesses that give discounts. I bet if they ask about you being a student and you said, “do you give a discount for alumni members?” they might just give it to you anyway.

I don’t know what a booster group is… sorry!

170 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm

You must not have gone to a big football school then! Basically boosters is an alumni led association that donates money to the football program in exchange for season tickets or game day parking. It’s HUGE at FSU.

171 Sarah for Real July 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Oh yeah, I went to school up north. I hear football is a totally different animal down there!

172 Raya July 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I use mine on occasion and I’ve been out of college for several years. I don’t think it’s morally wrong, in the grand scheme of things, to get a student discount here and there-especially when theaters want you to pay $13-$15 for a ticket. Now, if it were only one theater that had high prices, I would simply “not patronize that theater” like another commenter said. Unfortunately, it’s ALL theaters and I’m not going to give up going to the movies altogether. However, I am surprised at the number of people who seem to think using their student discount-which is usually no more than 10% off-is the equivalent of robbing a store. Also, I think student discounts are such a hugely popular way of bringing in business, especially around a college town, that they’re not going to “do away with it” simply because some people still use them after graduating. I’m sure they factor this in-especially in large companies-when offering them. And lastly, when I go to the theater and say “1 student for such-and-such movie” they don’t even ask for my ID these days. Now, I ask you, whose fault is that?
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173 Molly July 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

It’s your fault for lying and saying you’re a student when you’re not. If you can’t afford a movie ticket price without the discount, then you shouldn’t be going. If you can afford it, then you shouldn’t be asking for a student discount.

Quite frankly, I’m surprised by the number of commenters who have no problem lying to get a discount. I’m a fairly recent graduate and neither I nor my college or grad school friends do this. In fact, I’m pretty sure anyone who did would be given a a serious side-eye. Like I said above, in addition to being wrong, it’s just plain tacky.

174 Raya July 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I was only commenting for the sake of sharing my opinion on the post, and I respect your view and you have every right to have your own opinion. I can see how some people might view this as a big issue. However, I disagree. And I could go on, but the truth is I don’t feel I have to justify my behavior just because you think it’s “tacky.” In addition, I’d like to think it’s possible to have a discussion without lobbing judgments around. πŸ™‚
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175 Molly July 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I know this sounds harsh, but when you engage in behavior that’s blatantly wrong, you should be prepared to be judged for doing so. That’s the way the world works.

176 Raya July 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I don’t believe my behavior is blatantly wrong. But I respect that you do. πŸ™‚
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177 Anna S. @ History Running Girl July 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

(It won’t let me respond to your last comment)

Congrats on finishing grad school!! I’m glad to use my student discount again. And since I’m studying Museum work, I plan to use it for discounts at museums quite often.
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178 Courtney July 29, 2011 at 9:09 am

Judging someone is blatantly wrong too. Just because it’s “the way the world works” doesn’t mean it’s right.

179 Anna S. @ History Running Girl July 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Why wouldn’t your grad school friends use it? They are still students. Student discounts aren’t only undergrad discounts! I’m paying for my college just the same for my Master’s.
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180 Anna S. @ History Running Girl July 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Maybe you meant they wouldn’t lie to get a discount. I believe a student discount means student discount no matter the level. If I have a legit ID I am a student.
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181 Molly July 29, 2011 at 12:28 am

I meant my friends from when I was in grad school. We’re all recent graduates. I totally agree that current grad students are students like any other and should use a student discount.

182 Margaret July 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm

ummm, hello, out of school 8 years and still use mine, JCrew gives 15% off, i don’t feel dishonest, they’re still making money off of me, and i look cute, i think it’s a w in win, like a white lie, doesn’t hurt anybody, and it’s not so serious. if you still have it, use it. Banana republic offers a student discount too

183 J July 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Doesn’t hurt anyone? Wrong.

184 Molly July 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

J.Crew also gives teachers a discount. Do you think it’s OK to say you’re a teacher when you’re not to get that discount?

185 RunningOnCoffee July 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I love their educator discount. Ann Taylor Loft has that too!
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186 RunningOnCoffee July 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

PS, I am a legitimate “educator” employed by a Board of Education.
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187 Dori July 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

J. Crew and The Loft offer teacher discounts?? My mom could have saved herself a LOT of money over the last 20 years. Telling her about this now.
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188 RunningOnCoffee July 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

yep! Tell your mom she just needs a pay stub, union membership card, or school ID.
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189 Dori July 29, 2011 at 10:36 am

Turns out she already knew about the Loft one and had been using it. Phew! I was worried she missed out on major savings because she shops there all the time. She didn’t know about J Crew though!

190 lynne @lgsmash July 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

The Limited offers 15% too for students/teachers/military!
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191 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine July 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I graduated a year early, so my NYU ID doesn’t expire until 8/2012. And I fully intend to use it until then. I’ll stop when the ID expires!

192 Kim @ girlevolving July 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I’ve been tempted but I feel like it’s lying (well, it IS lying) and I feel bad if I do it. Plus, most of the time the discount doesn’t really add up that much. I figure since I make a post-student salary I can afford the extra couple bucks and stay honest!
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193 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

As long as places are willing to discount, I’m willing to receive the discount!!

194 J July 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I don’t agree. Was the tea shop a small family owned one?

10% adds up, especially in this economy.

195 Rachel July 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I agree with some of the other commenters; about supporting local businesses, and trying to not take advantage. Although they should do better to check the date!
In England for the NUS student card it is only valid for a year, so you have to re-apply at the start of each school year, so not much opportunity to use it beyond the end of university πŸ™

196 Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers July 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I totally use my student I.D. still. πŸ™‚ But only for things like movie tickets, which saves like $1
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197 Halley (Blunder Construction) July 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Take the discount! Take whatever you can! We were set up to believe the college was the best way to secure your future. But more students graduate with no job prospect and 100k+ debt. Our generation is going to experience the student loan bubble bursting, and Sallie Mae might explode. I think students should get way more help that 10% of art supplies.
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198 Casey July 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

But who’s responsibilty is it that students graduate 100k in debt? There are good universities/colleges that cost less than that. People need to take responsibilty for their finances and not have the expectation that they should be bailed out of a situation that could have been prevented.

199 Halley (Blunder Construction) July 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Speaking of bail outs, I’d much rather bail out a struggling young person who is trying to learn and form a future, than a high-strung banker. Sure, some people just go to college and take out loans for lack of a better idea. But, considering so many other countries don’t charge students like the US does for there higher education, I think our government could do more to support students.

200 April @ Marathons N Martinis July 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I think this is a good debate. What’s that old adage? “Ethics is what you do in the dark when no one’s looking.”
I definitely don’t think this is the biggest most horrible thing ever, but I do think that integrity is something you do all the time, not just when you can’t get away with cheating the system.
As for the argument that taking the discount of only 10% or so not hurting a business, it’s also not saving you that much, so I think it’s best to fork up the 10% and have a clear conscience, or don’t buy the product or service.
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201 Kate July 28, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I graduated from college last year and now live in NYC making significantly less than other recent grad friends. Coupled with the extremely high cost of living (hello, $2000 rent), if I can use a student ID to save a few dollars, it really helps. I don’t plan to use it forever, but there is no expiration date- just the school name and a photo- so if I can save 15-20% at stores like J. Crew and Club Monaco, I will. I have also used it at museums up here, which have suggested donation admission prices, so the Met is $12 for students as opposed to $20 for adults, but I could technically walk in paying $1.

202 Katie July 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I used to use my id card for discounts at museums only, until I moved out of the country. Europe actually wants their young adults in their museums so they offer ridiculous membership prices if you’re under 30. You can bet I’ll still use it whenever I come back to America- as an art history grad I consider attending museums as part of my continuing education, so I definitely don’t feel bad about it at all.

203 Kate July 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm

As a graduate student I fully plan on using my student ID card for as long as I can. I don’t see anything wrong with using a student ID as a student, regardless of whether you’re an undergraduate or a graduate student. While I understand that using a student ID as a non-student is wrong, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, so rock on with your student ID usage.
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204 steph July 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I still use my student ID when I can get away with it.

205 Holly July 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I’m also surprised at the number of people here who think it’s okay to lie (even if indirectly) to get a discount. Sad to see how many people have a selfish, “as long as I get mine who cares who I hurt” mentality. Imagine if every customer tried to take advantage like you did. These are hard times, and I know it’s tempting to try and save money whereever you can, but where do you draw the line? Would you ever lie about being a teacher, police officer, or part of the military to get a discount? I don’t see how lying about being a student (even if you were formerly a student) is so different from lying about your profession in order to get a discount, which most people would frown upon.

206 Meagan July 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I agree, Holly!

207 Laura @ Backstage Pass July 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I say keep using it! Most of the time, businesses don’t notice things like expiration dates on student ID’s, they are just happy to have your business in the first place. And if that means you get a few cents off your coffee or save a couple bucks on a clothing purchase (FYI – J. Crew gives a 15% discount to teachers / students with ID), go for it.
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208 Raya July 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Amen, dude.

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209 Felicia July 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I am really, really surprised that so many people are okay with doing this. After seeing these comments, honestly, I would fully support all student discounts being taken away (and I’m a REAL student, with a 14-month-old child). If you added up the total amount of discounts all of you NOT-students are getting, how high do you think the number would be?

Julie from PBFingers wrote a comment the other day about our generation only wanting to receive positive feedback. I’ve also heard that our generation feel that we “deserve” a very high salary/awesome benefits right out of college. It looks like we also feel like we deserve discounts that we are, in fact, NOT entitled to.

How sad.

210 Holly July 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I am also a student, and I would also support the discounts being taken away because of people taking advantage. It disturbs me how people here seem PROUD of the fact that they can lie to get a discount.

211 Casey July 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I completely agree! It is disturbing. I also agree about the “deserve” or entitlement comment as well.

212 molly July 29, 2011 at 5:01 am

you hit the nail on the head with this —>I’ve also heard that our generation feel that we β€œdeserve” a very high salary/awesome benefits right out of college. It looks like we also feel like we deserve discounts that we are, in fact, NOT entitled to.

213 Molly July 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Agreed. It’s also pretty pathetic that anyone who states the obvious (that lying to get a discount is wrong) is called out for being “judgmental.” I guess our generation also wants to act completely unethically but not be judged for doing so.

214 Meagan July 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I’m a current college student, and I hardly ever use my Student ID, unless I’m at the movies (and I hardly ever go to the cinema), just because it’s a hassle. Student IDs and discounts are widely abused. I’ve seen people use an expired college card to get a discount, and then go back to the end of a line and hand it to a friend who didn’t even go to said college. I think it’s dishonest to use a SID to receive a discount (if you aren’t a student), and I won’t use mine when I graduate. Those discounts are in place for students for a reason, not so everyone who happens to still be hanging on to their college ID can get the $.40 or however much off. Meghann (and others), save the discount for those who are intended to receive it.

215 Julie (A Case of the Runs) July 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I think that student IDs should come with expiration dates, like driver’s licenses!
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216 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine July 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

When I clicked on the comments section I expected there to be a hot debate going on. πŸ™‚

It’s a temptation, for sure. My BF uses his all the time and we’ve been out of school for six years. I agree with Julie above about the money assessment–I do use it at movie theaters b/c it just seems like highway robbery to charge $15 for a movie ticket, and places are pretty lax about it–I think they’re used to seeing older people (?!) I don’t know what else to call us!–take advantage. It is wrong though, no doubt about it. I officially am convinced I need to stop no matter where I’m trying to use it. πŸ™‚
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217 Carly July 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I am an online student (through a one of the top Universities in Canada) and don’t actually receive a student card even though I pay tuition and bust my butt like any other student. We use my bf’s old student card every chance we get because of this. Is it wrong to use an expired card if it helps out a legitimate student? I don’t think so at all.

I don’t think it’s wrong, because I truly believe that businesses offering student discounts are trying to draw in more customers, and struggling business that couldn’t afford the discounts wouldn’t offer them. That is at least what it seems like in my town!
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218 Meghann July 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I agree Carly! Great comment!

219 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep July 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

Completely agree!
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220 Raquelita July 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm

As someone who poured blood, sweat, and tears for 7 years to get a PhD, I think it’s completely wrong to lie to people about your academic pursuits. I actually have less of a problem with you using your ID even though you’ve graduated than with you lying about your credentials to someone who might question your use of that ID.
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221 caroline July 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Meghann, don’t you consider Meals and Miles a small business/brand? What if you had a tangible commodity that you sold as opposed to a website… Would you want people to pretend to be students and negatively affect your revenue? That’s just how I think about it I suppose… I wouldn’t want to lose money based on customer dishonesty, even if it is just forty cents.

222 Taysa July 28, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Definately time to give it up. 40 cents? C’mon.
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223 Marina July 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I think that if you’ve had time to work in the real world and make some real money, the student ID should retire. Aren’t these discounts made because college students are paying (increasingly) large sums of money to universities and the discounts give them somewhat of a break? I’m a student (WE ARE… PENN STATE) and feel a little betrayed that so many college graduates are cheating current college students.

224 Dee @ GF Grad Nut July 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I just finished grad school last year and will still use my ID if someone offers the discount or asks if I’m a student. To be honest I’ve had a harder time financially post-grad than I did in college, with loans coming in and mom and dad helping out. I think it depends on the situation too, though, but in most scenarios where it’s a matter of cents and someone offers it, I really don’t think it’s a big deal.
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225 Evan Thomas July 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Honestly I’m a student and I don’t think I’ve ever used my ID to get a discount. I can’t even think of places around here that do student discounts. Maybe it’s a Southern thing? In New England, it’s pretty much kids/adult fares.
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226 Amy July 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I do use my student ID but it’s because I’m a grad student. Our movie theaters near Boston don’t seem to have student discounts. I’ve used it at the museums near my school because it’s a perk of all the schools in the Fenway area. Amazon also offers their prime for a year if you have your student email address (worth it when I buy all my school books through them). I did use it to buy my Macbook last fall but it was legit. I gave them my acceptance letter to my grad program and got the discount. Now I use my trusty (now retired, apparently) Macbook to do my grad school homework. Seems fair.

That being said, when I finish my program in a year and a half, I will jump up and down, say “I made it!” and promptly get rid of the ID. I don’t even want to think about being a student again once I get my degree. πŸ™‚

227 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs July 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Man I just lost my free Prime AND my student checking account – they both lapsed and expired! That’s good business, in my opinion. I don’t support using the ID at small businesses you want to support, but big business like Amazon and Bank of America? Absolutely. I’m totally bummed my accounts expired, but acknowledge that they’re big enough businesses to know what’s going on.
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228 amanda July 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I just graduated with a doctorate after 9 years of schooling. I am now so exhausted that I am both physically and mentally incapable of caring about if someone else saves forty cents.

229 Ellie July 29, 2011 at 12:29 am

Haha this is an awesome comment.

230 Kara July 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

This is my favorite comment. πŸ™‚

Also, congrats on the phd!
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231 amanda July 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Thanks! πŸ™‚

232 kirsten July 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I am the same age as you and still use mine. Luckily mine has no dates on it! I definitely look younger in my picture but no one has questioned it. BTW Jcrew has a 15% student discount πŸ™‚

233 Christine @ BookishlyB July 28, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I do and I don’t feel guilty- I’m a high school teacher. If the people I teach get one, I should too! I work just as hard as they do and am constantly learning to try to become better… for them. So yeah, I think I deserve that $1 off at the movies.
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234 Katherine July 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

If I had a student discount I would totally use it!
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235 maria @ Chasing the Now July 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Gotta be honest: It’s akin to lying in my book. Retire the ID.
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236 Hangry July 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I am such a rule follower that I could never do this. Can it count if you are still paying back student loans? Haha I also wanted to share that when I was riding DeCamp bus from NJ to NY for work every day several years ago they started a student discount program & had to stop it because of so much abuse. Also, whenever I’m working at yoga and ask people if they are students I can sometimes see the wheels in their brains thinking about the karmic implications of lying at at yoga.

237 Victoria (District Chocoholic) July 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I still have mine somewhere, but I’m almost 31, have no non-mortgage debt and make six figures so it would be asinine for me to do that. It’s not worth the wallet space.
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238 Kristy July 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I don’t agree with lying.

239 Julie @ Wearing Mascara July 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I love this post and you already know my answer from FB, BUT, I still use it (*shame*). You bring up some good points though. Maybe I shouldn’t use it anymore… although I do agree with some commenters that in places like a movie theater, it’s okay. I think they are so overpriced!

240 JunieB July 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I think its dishonest. I still have mine and never have even thought about using it. I am bothered by the fact that you carry it around, that implies ‘intent’ to be dishonest given the opportunity.

My opinion is that you should stop.

241 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I used my expired student ID (by one semester, it was in the summer!!) when I was in Australia once and totally got busted!
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242 Courtney July 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

i sooo use it! oil changes, used it in NYC for the museums… it probably is wrong but i justify it because i’m still paying student loans!!
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243 Katie July 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I’m in the don’t use it camp. Like others I’m not sure where the gray area is. Either you are a student or you aren’t. If you aren’t you aren’t entitled to the discount. To those arguing that if you pay student loans you are eligible I don’t get that either. Do you pay the loan payment to the business you are receiving the discount from? Why do they lose revenue because you have student loans? Is this the worst thing a person could do? Of course not- but it is dishonest plain and simple.

244 Ashley July 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I personally use mine whenever I think about it and saved $100 off my new mac. I agree that it is lying but I HIGHLY doubt all the people commenting about how wrong and awful this is have never told a lie before. People lie on occasion..telling your friend they look great in a dress that they really don’t is a lie but I guarentee people do it. Its a small white lie..if it really hurt the companies that much they wouldn’t offer the discounts and if people were taking advantage they would stop.
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245 Felicia July 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Do you seriously think that stealing is even remotely similar to telling a friend she looks great in a dress?

Come on now.

246 Ashley July 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Haha yes because I don’t think its stealing. If the company is allowing you to do it and isn’t taking the time to check for an expiration date or checking it against your license and seeing how old you are then they are allowing you to. Which means its not stealing. Lying yes. stealing no.
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247 Holly July 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Yes, we have all lied before. That doesn’t make it right to lie though, does it?

248 Ashley July 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

No, I never said it was right to lie. Everyone doesn’t do the “right” thing all the time. Everyone has their if using your student discount is one of mine or one of meghans it’s not that big of a deal.

It isn’t right to go over the speed limit but people do isn’t right to read blogs at work but people do it. It isn’t right that people got killed in Norway for not reason. It isn’t right to do lot of things but there are bigger battles to fight then getting offended people use their student discounts post graduation
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249 Ellie July 29, 2011 at 1:39 am

I agree with Ashley. The student discount thing on a small level (movie tix, coffee) seems a LOT

250 Ellie July 29, 2011 at 1:40 am

Ack, a mispost! I meant to say, “The student discount thing on a small level (movie tix, coffee) seems a LOT more like driving over the speed limit than like fraud to me.” In short, that I don’t think it’s really worth other people caring about.

251 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life July 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I still use my discount from time to time ( I graduated in ’09), but lately I’ve felt bad and took my ID out of my wallet. Some places have discounts for students under 23 or so, which would prevent people from using it way past their “time.” I agree with the student loan thing though–I’ll be paying those for a while!!

I think the whole system is screwy though because like many people have said, some businesses don’t care if you’re no longer a student. They’ll give you the student discount anyway as long as it brings them business.
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252 Lori July 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Definitely time to stop using it. The businesses that offer discounts for students and doing them a favor. Using an old idea is dishonest. Was it really worth lying to save 40 cents?!

253 Shannon @ Mon Amour July 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I think the people who are saying how incredibly wrong this is are mad they aren’t getting the discount. If stores actually cared they would check the expiration date. The whole point is to make a sale by pretty much any means possible. It may not be ethical but that is the way it is and people just need to get over it.
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254 Katie July 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Just speaking for myself I have a student ID so if I was ok with being dishonest I could get the discount. So I’m not mad I’m getting a discount but instead choosing to be honest…

255 Shannon @ Mon Amour July 28, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I am a student so I use my discount all the time. If the stores really do not care about if you are actually a student or not then why not use the ID? It is not about your morals and being dishonest if the store is well aware of the fact that you are not still in school
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256 Lacey @ Lake Life July 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

In this case it sounds like the cashier was trying to be helpful, not trying to “make a sale.” The adult thing to do would have been to say “No, I’m not, but thank you for the compliment!”
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257 Kate July 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm

The discount is for students. If you are no longer a student, it’s lying and it’s wrong. People are justifying it like they are doing the businesses a favor, but responsible consumers should be able to decide if they want to buy something and what they are willing to pay for it without lying to get it at a lower cost. These kinds of behaviors tend to keep building- if it’s OK to use an invalid ID, it’s OK for underage kids to use fakes to get into bars? To fudge just a little about your charitable donations to get a little break on your taxes? To cheat on your spouse because s/he will never find out so it won’t matter? Afterall, if they don’t know, it won’t hurt them.

258 Shannon @ Mon Amour July 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

That is not it at all. Using an old student ID does not lead to cheating on someone. Its not a matter of whether they find out or not because most stores do find out but simply do not care.
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259 Kate July 29, 2011 at 9:14 am

If someone can lie so easily about getting a discount to which they are not entitled, what’s to stop them from lying about other things? Not saying it leads directly to cheating, but it’s a behavior pattern and speaks volumes about one’s character.

260 Alaina July 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Hi Meghan! I’m at FSU and love your blog so when I saw your old FSU card, I knew I could totally pipe in. (even if only to say that the new FSU card is horrible and I waited to the absolute last week to get it changed) But I have to say that I agree with you about the student discount debate and even though I am a student, I still don’t always use it. I know that the discount is meant for college students who are having trouble paying rent or tuition and I am not in that position (this year, check back after next semester when tuition goes up and bright futures goes down!) So in most cases, I do not use it. If I am running low on money and know I only have two dollars in my purse and the drink is 2.20, of course I will use it! But this is cause otherwise I wouldn’t buy it. In any case I find myself using it, or find that I am being prompted to use it, I try to pay it forward at a later time. Like leave a larger tip at a restaurant or something. Idk if that makes sense but I feel like if someone helped me, I should help someone so that the help stays in the “student pool”. Am I crazy? hahaha

261 Clare July 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Do u know if you use your student ID at the Microsoft store, Microsoft Office is only $50!

262 erin July 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

To those that use it because they are struggling: If you can’t afford a 15 dollar movie ticket, then you shouldn’t be going to the movies. Luxuries aren’t a right – they are a privilege that is earned through hard work, saving money, and hopefully, being honest. If you need to save what little you get through a student discount (that you no longer have a right to), then you should probably stay in and save the whole amount.

To those who use it just because they can get away with it and/or think they have some sort of right to just because they don’t like the prices: Grow up.

Lying is wrong. I feel I could ask my 6 year olds at the daycare I work at and they’d be able to solve this quicker than 200+ adults so far.

263 Caitlin July 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm

To the people that keep saying things like “this is hurting the small business owners and this could get taken away if too many people abuse it” blah blah, you must not own a small business!! It is only a 10% discount!! If the business is already giving out discounts in form of student discounts then it means that they probably have other promotional discounts and do consider the cost of giving the discount against the cost of making a sale and have decided that they would rather have a sale!

264 Tropical Eats July 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Hmm my Gator 1 student ID was amazing in college.

Haven’t used it since I graduated a year ago yeah, kinda feel like it’s cheating the system if you do use it post-college.

The only thing would use it for is to get into a home football game– after buying a ticket off the street where the seats are in the student section. But since I’m not in florida anymore, that won’t be happening πŸ™

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265 Tess July 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I’m still a student, but I’ve never thought about what I’ll do about student discounts after I graduate! Sure, using my ID post-graduation might not be quite right. But that 15% J.Crew discount IS awfully tempting…hmm. Tough call. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a pretty small evil. Certainly not worth vilifying anyone over. I feel like maybe attacking someone’s morality over such a little thing might undo the karmic effect of not using the ID… πŸ™‚

266 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith July 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I don’t live anywhere near where I got my bachelor’s or master’s – so pulling the ID would probably just confuse people!

267 lynne @lgsmash July 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Me too! I went to school in Cincinnati and now live in Denver. I’d probably use mine if I still lived in Cincinnati (hello, free drink at Chipotle!) but being in Denver would be confusing, I think.
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268 Cassie July 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I also graduated in 2007, and definitely still use my student ID. The funny part is that I live 5 hours away from my college town (it’s across the state), but no one ever questions why I’m using it in the “middle of the school year” times. I’m so glad I’m not the only one that does it! I admit to feeling slightly guilty though…

269 Rachel Wilkerson July 28, 2011 at 10:08 pm

I feel like it is wrong to think of yourself as a small business owner, a self-employed, self-sufficient adult, who has her own money to spend on technology, trips, race fees, condo payments, who is thinking about babies and marriage…and then claim you have a right to get a discount that is there to appeal to broke young adults. I stopped using mine when I started feeling like an adult/wanted to be treated like an adult. Do I make a ton of money? No. But I need to see myself as a self-sufficient adult if I want to get promoted, make more money, take care of myself, pay off my loans, get married, buy a house, start a family, etc.

I feel like we often still FEEL young but the thing is, at 26 and way out of school, we aren’t. It’s not just about ethics to me…it is about accepting adulthood and self-sufficiency. Once I made myself grow up a little in other ways, it didn’t even cross my mind to use my student ID anymore. I just don’t feel like you can have it both ways. Eventually you should WANT people to stop treatung you like a kid.
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270 Liz August 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

As always Rachel, you rock.

271 Alaina July 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm

If I was to use my student ID for a discount, it would definitely be on items that are ridiculously expensive, i.e. movie tickets. But I haven’t used it in a while actually.

When I’m with my husband we use our military discounts instead since he’s active army.

272 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

A lot of those places actually have a stipulation saying student ID up to age…. (I’ve seen 24 or 25 a lot)
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273 Rosey Rebecca July 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm

My boyfriend and I flashed our IDs at the Museum of Modern Art a few weeks ago.We not only learned that students get a discount, but SUNY students get in FREE! We just graduated in December, but we still felt a little weird lying about our student status. I don’t think it’s hurting anyone!

274 Kim July 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I was a full-time graduate student until May, and used my Student ID. Now that I’ve graduated, I no longer use it. And I’d feel like a big ol’ parasite if I did. I can’t believe some of the justifications that our generation is coming up with in order to excuse what is nothing more than a sense of entitlement: “Movies are too expensive,” “Why shouldn’t I save money at JCrew,” etc. Honestly? It’s time to grow up; you are now an ADULT with a COLLEGE DEGREE. If your budget is so tight that you need to lie for a discount, you probably shouldn’t be shopping at JCrew or going to the movies in the first place. But don’t screw over both small businesses and actual college students just because you want to live beyond your means.

275 erin July 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm

haha exactly the sentiment of my reply

276 Holly July 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

I completely agree. I can’t afford to go to movie theaters or shop at J. Crew even with the student discount I can legitimately received, so I choose not to patronize those places. Part of being an adult is realizing that you are not entitled to luxuries.

277 Ellie July 29, 2011 at 12:33 am

Nobody uses the student discount because they can’t AFFORD the cup of coffee, movie ticket, or J. Crew sweater otherwise. It’s just extra nice to get two dollars off a movie ticket or forty cents off a cup of coffee. So I think “If you can’t afford it without a discount, you shouldn’t be shopping there” is not a good argument at all. In general, I think that student discounts are typically priced in such a way that they resemble a marketing strategy rather than a purchase enabler.

278 erin July 29, 2011 at 12:46 am

if you can afford it, then pay for it whole price. unless you qualify (honestly) for a discount.

he student discount isn’t for people who just feel like it would be extra nice to get $2 off. my mom would say she was a student then.

NOT the point.

279 Ellie July 29, 2011 at 1:44 am

If everyone operated by the standard “if you can afford it, than pay for it whole price” than nobody would use or desire or see the point of discounts on anything, ever. So this too is a foolish argument. Discounts have been around since the beginning of time. In my opinion, the student discount is more of an abstract concept/marketing strategy but I recognize that this is a pretty subtle idea.

280 erin July 29, 2011 at 2:30 am

i said, unless you qualify for a discount. i’m all for using discounts, getting deals, utilizing coupons, etc, so long as it is done properly.

281 Lacey @ Lake Life July 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I agree! Part of becoming an adult is budgeting. If you can’t afford something, don’t cheat the business to get a discount.
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282 Melissa July 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

honestly, i really don’t think it is that big of a deal. it is 40 cents. not a a million dollars.

283 Allison @ thesundayflog July 29, 2011 at 12:24 am

Honestly, sometimes I think companies offer the discount to just give you a good impression of their business – that is what gets you to come back. I will be given a student discount without even being asked for my card and that just makes me say, “wow that was really nice of them.” I did get caught going into a Villanova football game once – the security guard asked me if I graduated already (6months after I did). Meanwhile my ex bf was basically peeing himself drunk and the guy really cared about my ID card.

284 Laura @ Backstage Pass July 29, 2011 at 12:28 am

There are a lot of ridiculous comments flying through here – I don’t think that I’m any less mature because I choose to use my student ID at J. Crew, use coupons at the grocery store or google for online discount codes. I’m almost 30 freakin’ years old, people – I’m definitely an adult. I posted comments because I’m merely sharing my opinion as part of an open debate. Don’t make personal remarks, please.
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285 Meghann July 29, 2011 at 6:13 am

Thank you Laura, I’m so sorry. I never want people to feel offended in my comments and some people ate just getting mean in here.

286 Laura @ Backstage Pass July 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Meghann – thanks but I’m not asking you to apologize. It’s not your fault and you can’t be held responsible for ugly comments here. I was on the fence about posting this comment but decided to go ahead because people (those posting negative / personally directed comments here) should know they are being rude!
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287 Rebecca July 29, 2011 at 12:37 am

I can see both sides of using the student ID, the good and bad. Why people do it, and why people shouldn’t. But… some businesses DO encourage using the ‘student discount’. For instance, my mom was looking into buying a Macbook at an Apple Store a few years ago when I was still in college, and while I didn’t need a new laptop, my mom was able to use my discount (and they fully knew that she was using it), and they didn’t even bat an eye. Same with buying the Microsoft Office package.
I’ve also gone to J.Crew a few times, and they’ve given me the “student discount” without any proof just because they want to give me a discount. In the end, many businesses (whether the customer is right or wrong) will always give the customer the benefit of the doubt.
Not saying it’s right, but that’s how retail and other businesses go.

288 Amy July 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

Clearly, it’s the colleges and universities that don’t put dates on their student IDs that are trying to screw over the businesses that offer student discounts!!!
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289 Allison @ thesundayflog July 29, 2011 at 12:44 am

Also, my boyfriends dad was a pilot for us air, and even though he has since left the field, their entire family can fly for free for the REST OF THEIR LIVES. even though that’s a company policy, do you guys think that’s fair? My boyfriend contributed nothing to the airline but he reaps the benefits and definitely takes advantage of it when seats are open.
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290 Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! July 29, 2011 at 1:11 am

It’s interesting how this debate has turned into a public and at times, mean-spirited, argument over what constitutes as “lying” in one situation vs. another. I know all too well that comparing one situation to another can be a good persuasive technique (hey, I went to law school), but a lot of these comparisons are inaccurate and unhelpful.

For instance…
Comparing this situation to parking in a handicap spot/shoplifting/using a fake ID/falsifying your taxes–parking in a handicap spot, shoplifting, using a fake ID, and falsifying your taxes ARE ALL ILLEGAL, while using your student ID for discounts after you’ve graduated is not (but feel free to call your congressional representatives–they are working for you, and if you feel that strongly about protecting commercial businesses, then do something about it).

I think the most helpful thing I can add to this conversation is this quotation: “Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone.” Now, I am not overly religious, but I think that bible verse is MY moral compass for life.

As always, a healthy debate is one thing. But I’d like to point out, as others have also done, that if you really want to make your point, respectfully state it and move on. Because those who decide to call each other names, imply negative things about each other, and then decide to come back to monitor the comments–you all need to stop throwing your stones. Your stones don’t make your points any more effectively than those who decided to respectfully disagree.
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291 Meghann July 29, 2011 at 6:19 am

Thank you chelsea. I agree – it has gotten a little out of hand.

292 Jess July 29, 2011 at 11:23 am

Very well said!! I 100% agree.

293 Laura @ Backstage Pass July 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Well said, Chelsea.
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294 LucΓ­a July 29, 2011 at 1:37 am

I left college last year, but my student ID expires on 2013 (I think it’s because I got my wallet stolen when I was a sophomore and had to have it done again). I have been using it on every opportunity without giving it a second thought. I am sure companies get a profit even with the discount, it is hardly like stealing food from a starving child… Also, I earn less than one thousand euros a month (that’s Spain for you, and I am part of the lucky ones!) so I am totally student-poor and can use the help!

295 Sophie July 29, 2011 at 4:00 am

I still take advantage of the student discount too…especially meal vouchers off I feel bad, and I know it’s wrong, but I can’t help myself! :/
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296 Khushboo July 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

Wow I just skimmed through all these comments and was a bit surprised at how strongly some people viewed this as offence! In the UK, student id cards have expiration dates so it’s more difficult to use it but if that wasn’t the case, you can bet your booty that I would definitely make the most of it.

I might get tomatoes thrown at me for admitting this but I have on a few occasions made use of my friend’s student id (the picture is kinda blurry so it’s easy to pass as me). Businesses charge overly high prices that I’m sure an unwarranted 10% discount would do much damage. And for those who say that ‘seeing movies is a luxury etc etc’, I agree. However I do not agree that gives the right for theatres to collude and charge serious premiums for a movie ticket- $15, really??? That’s probably like a 500% profit.

Meaghann, I’m with you completely: milk that student id at every chance you get. And on a final note: wanting to get 40 cents or whatever off is not being cheap…everything adds up at the end of the day AND if u do think it is being cheap, then surely it won’t make a difference to the business!

297 G July 29, 2011 at 7:27 am

I’m very surprised by the amount of schools that don’t put expiry dates on their student cards. At both universities I have gone to (Undergrad and Masters), we would have to get our cards validated every September and they would put a new date sicker on it. No sticker = no perks.
Also, at almost every business I’ve used my student card for a discount, they have checked the expiry date…
This being said, I won’t be using my student card once I’m done school.

298 Kristin July 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

I graduated in 2006, and currently attend an MBA program. I don’t even ask for student discounts since I make a big girl’s salary and if I’m that hard pressed that I need $2 off a movie ticket I probably shouldn’t go on the first place.

299 Yasmin July 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

Hecks yah I take advantage of that student discount. I graduated in 2004 but if they think I still look young enough, why not? I figure with all the tuition money I’ve spent a 10 or 15% percent discount here and there won’t hurt.

300 Dori July 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

It’s taken me awhile to comment because I had to really think about this. While I would not consider pulling out my student ID (which also does not have a date, but I saved it because I love photos of myself) to get a discount, I did use the Apple student discount to get a computer four years ago, when I was three years out of college. I thought nothing of it at the time. Looking back, of course it is the same as whipping out my card at a store.
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301 Courtney July 29, 2011 at 9:40 am

I never think to use my student ID for a discount. I am still a student, and honestly I don’t even know where it is!

But, I really just wanted to share that my husband is Marine, no longer active, but he has a very visible Marine Corp tattoo, and he gets offered military discounts all the time because of it. It still catches us off guard because it generally just starts with, “oh, are you a Marine”, and then they offer regardless of if an ID can be procured (and he definitely doesn’t carry a military ID anymore). Even if we politely decline it, it is still given. I think in some instances, if a discount is given out of courtesy, it isn’t a big deal.

I also think it is silly how blown up this “debate” has become!

302 Lindsey July 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

This has turned into a surprisingly interesting debate. When I graduated my undergrad in 2005, I ‘finished’ school and walked in May, then did an intership, and wasn’t actually awarded my diploma until December ’05. When applying for a car loan in May ’06, the salesman and finance guy really encouraged me to file as a student. I had one month left of a six month grace period of some program that was being offered to make cars more affordable/available for students. That really helped me because at the time I had no credit, just student loans. Looking back on it now, i think that whole ‘give credit to people so they buy stuff’ mentality has led to much bigger problems than loosing $2 here and there on discounts.

I went back for my Master’s in 2009 and as a part-time commuting student, never bothered to get a new ID, but did take full advantage of free Amazon Prime and Microsoft Office. Free shipping really helped with ordering books and I never even looked elsewhere but Amazon.

I used to justify that until I was done paying off my loans, I’d used that ID. As someone else said–I’d be using the ID up until it’s time to use my Social Security. (If we still have it by then.) But, I think when these programs are offered and it’s a service that really would help, then yes, go for it. As with everything in life, just do so in moderation and with respect to others.
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303 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep July 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

Speaking of discounts and such, the Hilton tried to get me to go to their timeshare presentation, and in turn, they’d give me $150 cash. However, when they asked me if I was a homeowner, I said “no”. It knocked me out of the running to receive the money. The employee actually told me to lie so I could get the money.

Then, Cici’s Pizza asked me if I was a Disney employee. I said “no”. But he said “well, here. I’ll give you the discount card anyway.”

So both times, I tried to be honest, but these places are obviously just handing out discounts.

Like someone said before, if a company couldn’t afford the discount anymore, they’d either stop proactively asking if someone is a student or stop the discount altogether.

I KNEW this would be a hot debate when I read it. I’m sorry you get the heat for stuff like this, Meghann.
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304 Molly July 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

wow some of those comments are harsh! I dont think I would categorize using your discount as “stealing”. Some people get so heated! I guess I’m on the fence about this. However, I really like using that discount at Jcrew πŸ˜‰
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305 Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

wow – this is a doozy of a comment section

What’s interesting to me is that I actually AM a student again, but most of the discounts where I live require you to be under the age of 26, which I am not so the student card doesn’t really get me anything more than access into my exams – fooey

306 Jenny July 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

Firstly, I love that you’re not afraid to post something that may or may not be controversial. I love lively debates!

As for the issue at hand, I’m 5 years out of school, and I probably retired my card after 2 or 3. I would never use it at a small business or local shop because I want to support the business itself whole-heartedly (which is not to say I wouldn’t take a discount that was offered to me or that I qualified for). I had zero guilt, however, about using the discount at big movie theater chains or bookstores, etc. Corporations in general – meh.
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307 Jessica July 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

I’m in grad school for another 4 years, so I will be able to use my student ID legitimately until I’m 28! I did take one year off between undergrad and grad, and I did still use my student ID that year because I was a substitute teacher in a Catholic school (read:no money), and many of the places that gave student discounts also gave teacher discounts. Once I finish grad school, I don’t think I’ll use it anymore though…

And those of you who have student discounts at the movie theaters near you are lucky! That’s unheard of around here, and really unfortunate for us “real” students!

308 Sarah July 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Oh heck yea! I graduated college in, oh man, 2002 *gulp*. I am now 31 almost 32 and STILL use my ID for discounts. Luckily I seem to be aging well!

309 Haley July 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

WOAH! I have been reading your blog for a while now but have never commented before but wow I’m stunned by how passionately people feel about this topic. It’s honestly surprising! I guess I’ve never really thought about the student discount thing but I don’t think it’s really that big of a deal. Companies have to go into the idea of giving a discount knowing the majority of people have a student ID whether or not they are actually still students… Sure maybe it’s not 100% right to use the discount after you’ve graduated but I don’t know if protecting the $0.20 is worth the energy of having employees strictly enforce the rule.

310 Kelsey July 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I don’t use mine. It just makes me feel weird, like I have a fake ID and I’m 20 again (I’m 25, btw). I’m not judging anyone for doing it, I just don’t do it.
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311 Mary Schaperow July 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Your intuition is telling you the correct answer to that question & you really already know the correct answer anyway. & just because other people do the same thing….doens’t make it right! Just sayin….

312 Melissa @ TryingToHeal July 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Whoa, this is kinda intense Megs! I still have a student card because I worked at UF for two years but wasn’t a student. What then? I was working for the university, enrolled, but not a student taking classes…heh.

I don’t use mine anymore because mine makes me look like i’m 12 and I hope I still don’t look like that!
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313 LauraJayne July 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I’m finding it more than a little bit disapointing that people are being so judgemental or negative. I’m pretty sure that most of us do things that are in the gray area – whether means download music illegally, burning DVDs, driving over the speed limit, or choosing not to religiously check our grocery store receipts to make sure the checker didn’t miss an item. Would one feel guilty if they used the “soccer fan” 10% discount that a local fro-yo place gives on game day here? It’s only for soccer fans. What if you aren’t a soccer fan? Would you turn the discount down?

Beyond the “ethical” argument, from my work in marketing, businesses offer the student discount to generate new and repeat business. I’d be shocked if I found that a majority of these businesses were overly concerned that someone with an expired student ID had visited them for the first time because of the student discount that was offered to them. That is part of the opportunity costs of marketing – offering a discount to a specific group to create “exclusivity.” Bottom line? The goal is to generate new business.
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314 Jewel@ eatdrinkshoplove July 30, 2011 at 7:41 am

I am 25 and I still use my student discount. I am often confused as looking like I am high school so as I long I still look the part I don’t see anything wrong with using it. My college ID doesn’t have an expiration date or issue date. I use it at the movies, ann taylor, the limited, loft, and banana republic. I have had friends yell at me for using it but I’ll take any discount I can as a young professional. Don’t let these negative comments get to you. Most people still use theirs.

315 Lacey @ Lake Life July 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Next you should steal your grandma’s ID and try for a senior citizen discount.
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316 Teacher Girl July 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

This comment is completely ridiculous!
To Meghann- I say use it until you can’t! To echo others above and the post you wrote today, stores WANT people’s business. Period. They don’t care that you are saving 10%.
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317 Amanda July 31, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I graduated in 2004…I still gladly use my student discount, especially at the movies!

318 Evelyn July 31, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I find it shocking that people think because they are not making “enough” money then they are entitled to discounts. First off, movie theaters make almost no money off the tickets they sell, the vast majority goes to the studio who is paying Tom Cruise $25 million a movie, so you are in fact ripping off the theater. And many things in life are not black and white, but this subject is. If you are a student you can use a student discount, if you are no longer one, then you cannot. I cannot figure out why this is so morally ambiguous. The reason that prices are so high is because our country unfortunately accumulates BILLIONS of dollars in theft every single year. From shoplifting, skimming off the top of your frozen yogurt before weighing it, or using a discount that is no longer valid, these things are raising all of our prices on a yearly basis. So think about the impact that we all have as consumers with every purchase. That is our voice. I make 6 figures a year and don’t buy $3 coffees because I think it’s too expensive for me. Would you go to a restaurant and not tip your waiter because you can’t afford it? No, that’s wrong. So don’t buy $90 skirts at J. Crew if it’s not part of your budget.

319 jessica August 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm

it should be PAYING BACK A STUDENT LOAN discount. most students have loads of money from the loans, their broke when paying them back. My situation anywho!

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