Why do I use Bing?

Q: Why do you use Bing?  #bing

A: For the free stuff of course!! If you make Bing your default search engine, you can earn points (per search), which can be redeemed for gift cards or for the chance to win random stuff. So far, I have received $15 in Sephora gift cards. You can also get Amazon, Starbucks, Dominos, Macy’s, Fandango, etc.

Sign up here

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Disclaimer: Tax is never included in these reviews b/c it would distort the price before and after the discount(s). I paid with this with my own money because I am an independent chick. May include referral links.

Top student discounts

You have time or money, but never both. Here’s how to maximize your $$ while lifeguarding/TA-ing/working with circulation desk at the library during college. There are a ton more lists like this out there – but I probably don’t need to tell you that Apple has a student discount. Also, some stores have useless “student discounts” (ahem Banana Republic) that offer a small % off full price items only, even thought the whole store will be 40% off. (Links go directly to student discount page to confirm discount policy)


Club Monaco – offers 20% off full-price AND sale merchandise in stores AND online to college students. To get the deal online, you just need to submit your email address and they will send you a code to use online.

Topshop – requires membership, but worth the 10% off and it can be used online (use Ebates for additional savings) Not sure what Ebates is? Learn here)

J.Crew – offers a 15% discount to all teachers and college students, but purchase must be made in person at a J.Crew or J.Crew outlet store.

Madewell – offers a 15% discount to all teachers and college students, but purchase must be made in person at the store.


Best Buy – You have to register to see exactly what the discounts are, but if it’s an expensive purchase, it’s probably worth it. They also usually have the best Apple deals anyone, so my as well make this a Daily Double discount.

School shizzle

The Wall Street JournalOver 84% off! Not sure why they couldn’t make it 85%, but its a great deal if you promise to read it.

The New York Times Discounts on subscriptions. My inner discounter would suggest the copy at the library is great too, but sometimes it’s nice to sit down with a latte and read the Sunday edition of the NYT. Not enough time for that, get your news with the next item on the list.

The Skimm – Free and necessary.

Party supplies

Sam’s Club – $15 Sam’s Club gift card and extra offers at sign-up.

Things to buy for the real world before your ID expires

West Elm -15% promo code; unclear whether this is one-time or anytime. Either way, a good deal to use for that first apartment.

Birthday Clubbin: The Rest

Still curious how to maximize your savings on your birthday?  Here are some more options for you.  Many clubs will also give you a free treat for signing up so make sure you are able to use it!



Birthday Clubbin: Top Picks

You say want discounts, I think you found it
Get ready for action, don’t be astounded
We switching websites, you feel surrounded
Tell me where you want your gift, that’s free 🙂

Birthday clubs

Birthday clubs

Wake up in the late night dreaming about these discounts…

Thank you Jermiah! And here are my top picks for birthday clubs:

1. Sephora

Sephora Beauty Insider

This is a must because they give you deluxe sample sizes to try. You can get it during your birthday month online with a purchase or any day of the year in store – even if you do not purchase anything.

Scoop Tip: If purchasing online, use Ebates for an additional discount

Scoop Tip: If purchasing in-store, check ibotta for an additional discount. Usually you can save an additional $5 off $50 with this app.

Past Sephora freebies:

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2. Anthropologie

Anthropologie – My Anthro

Scoop Tip: This is your best shot at getting a discount on full priced items outside of holiday sales. Anthropologie used to be (they have random end of season sales too)

Past wins: I love AG jeans (and usually buy at Amazon) and have been lucky to use their 15% off coupon on jeans already marked down to $59.99

3. CVS

$3 in ExtraBucks on your birthday that can be used on anything 🙂

4. Dunkin Donnts and Baskin Robbins

BaskinRobbins – Because sugar, nuff said.

Dunkin Donuts – Receive a free medium beverage on your birthday, plus another one now. Sometimes this one arrives in the mail, so ensure your address is up to date.

5. DSW

Become a DSW rewards member, and receive a $5 certificate for your birthday.