Regular discounts are one of the benefits of being a student and it’s something a financial expert wants non-students to think about.
BeCleverWithYourCash, a personal finance blog written by Andy Webb is recommending that those who have graduated look to see if they can renew their discount card and sign up for a new NUS card.
He said that a trick he picked up several years ago, where people sign up to online courses and then nab an NUS discount card, no longer works but he’s come up with a new one.
He said: “One of the first articles I wrote on the blog, and one of the most popular for years, was a hack to get a student discount if you weren’t a student.
“The trick was to sign up for an online course at certain providers where you’d be eligible for the NUS Totum card.
“I first signed up back in 2013 for an online Photoshop card and repeated it a number of times until these online education businesses were all removed by NUS in 2018. Sad times.
“However, if you previously took advantage of this trick, or if you graduated in the last three years, then you might be able to get a new NUS card!”
Totum Alumni card for previous card holders
Andy said if you are a recent graduate or if you have previously used his trick you might have the option of simply buying a new card.
Even if you have assumed that because your course is over you no longer have access to a new card this might not always be the case.
Log in to your account and have a look.
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Andy said: “I had a look at my old account and this was there ready for me to get. One thing I noticed was that this didn’t seem to be an alumni card, but it worked in the same way – as long as I didn’t change my place of study (doing this required a new verification).”
If your details don’t work, you can head to the Totum website and set up a support ticket that will allow you get a new Totum Alumni Card.
If you are a student who had graduated in the last three years you can follow the same link and upload proof of graduation.
Best NUS card discounts
You can search the NUS Totum website to see where you can use it, though many businesses won’t be listed there so ask in-store or look for signs.
Andys top discounts:
Apple student discount
If you’re going to buy an iMac, iPad or Macbook then having an NUS card means you can get the Education Discount.
It’s worth up to 10% off, and if you buy in August and September you can usually get some free Beats headphones thrown in! To use online you click through from the NUS website. More on saving at Apple with a student discount.
Amazon Prime student discount
Students get six-months of free Amazon Prime, then pay just £39 a year for three years. A fantastic deal.
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