Monday, April 15, 2013

Save with academic discount programs

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of costcaptain. All opinions are 100% mine.

My oldest daughter is going off to college in two years.  We've saved for her education in a 529 savings program, but there's not enough to cover today's crazy high college tuitions.  If you have small children, you really need to educate yourself about the cost of college and start saving now!  (Wish I had a time machine to go back in time and tell myself to save more!)

And it's not just the tuition cost that's gone up, but everything else - fees, room and board, books, and technology.  College students today often need lots of electronic products and software just to take their regular courses.

I have found one way to save on software for college - through academic pricing discount programs.  Academic Pricing is a special pricing program offered by software makers that allows you to save on software meant for the classroom.  It's not available to just anyone - you have to qualify - one way is being an enrolled student in an eligible institution.  (It's also available to homeschoolers, public libraries and museums, and other institutions.)

So when my daughter will need software package for her college classes in the future, she won't need to pay the full price direct from the software company or the bookstore - she can get the discounted price through services like  CostCaptain has been around since 2005 and has helped over 1 million students and institutions, so I know they'll be able to help my daughter.

And if she needs help with her software, she'll be able to contact CostCaptain directly at and get an answer within one business day.  (If she needs help faster, she can call their friendly customer service at (866) 912-9222. They're located in Georgia, so no calling faraway help desks!)

And, CostCaptain also has great deals on other electronics she might need in college.  From Lenovo to HP, they have great prices.  (And don't tell her, but they also have great prices on XBOX and PS3 products.)

So if you have a student needing software or hardware - whether they're in college, high school, or home school - definitely check out for your technology needs!  Now if only they could help pay that tuition...

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Coolmoms Cooltips April 16, 2013 at 7:56 AM  

Oh you scare me when a savings plan is not enough!
Great find for saving
Thanks for sharing

Motherhood on the Rocks April 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM  

This is wonderful. I've been researching ways to make college more affordable for when my little one goes!

karel April 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM  

I'm bookmarking this website. I'm in college now and I can definitely use this.

Suzi Satterfield April 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM  

This would have been hugely useful for my son. He saved up his birthday, Christmas, and Honor Roll money to buy himself a new gamer laptop.

Living in La La Land April 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM  

That is awesome! The way tuition's are rising is very scary especially when you've been saving before they were born.
This is a great resource for anyone in school now or in the future!
Thank for sharing(;

Tara April 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM  

Cost Captain sounds like a great business to help students and institutions! I was lucky enough to scrape by through college and grad school within the last decade without breaking the bank due to scholarships, so don't forget to have your daughter work hard on those grades! Also, volunteering looks amazing to these colleges, especially if she's interested in liberal arts colleges. Best of luck to you both! I will tell my cousins in school about Cost Captain.

Jennifer Peaslee,  April 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM  

Wow, I wish I knew about this before I wasted tons of money in college :( Great info to pass on to others though!

Nicole Adkisson April 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM  

College is so expensive. I am still trying to come up with ways to pay off the loans I had to get while I was in school. Scary, I definitely don't want to be paying on loans the rest of my life.

Norma Neal April 16, 2013 at 1:51 PM  

I don't have anyone in college but know a few. I will pass on the information.

Lindsey April 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM  

Prices of a college education are getting RIDICULOUS! I can't wait to see what they'll be like when my girls are older. Ugh! Good to know that there are still some ways to save a bit of $$ Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Van Huss April 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM  

Great post! I need to work on this! With three young children i need to start now!

Tara April 17, 2013 at 12:41 AM  

Thank you! With 3 kids, college is going to be expensive! Showing this to my husband!

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz April 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM  

I still have not been able to start saving for college, thanks for the reminder need to figure a way to start NOW! I checked them out and they do have great prices thanks for sharing!

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