Student Discounts

Student Discounts

by Meghann on July 28, 2011

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

A Caprese Salad. 😉

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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.

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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. 🙂

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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.

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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?

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