Life Hack – Student Discounts

Hello everyone!

If you’re a student like me, you might not even be aware of the possible money you can save while shopping. I’m going to make a quick list of student discounts you can get, and most of them will be through UNiDays, a free account you can sign up for to get student discounts from various stores. Here’s to saving money and getting your education 🙂

  • Topshop – 10% off
  • UGG – 10% off
  • Coffee Bean – 10% off
  • Tilly’s – 10% off
  • Princess Polly – 20% off (limited according to UNiDAYS’ site)
  • Pacsun – 10% off
  • Oh Polly – 15% off
  • Nasty Gal – 50% off (limited)
  • Missguided – 50% off (limited)
  • Lulu’s – 10% off
  • Levi’s – 15% off
  • Kate Spade – 15% off
  • Grubhub – 20% off
  • H&M – 15% off
  • For Love & Lemons – 15% off
  • Express – 15% off
  • Drybar – 15% off
  • Doc Martens – 15% off
  • Dolls Kill – 15% off
  • Cotton On – 15% off
  • Casetify – 15% off
  • Asos – 10% off
  • American Eagle – 20% off
  • Apple – I’m not 100% clear on the discounts, but I know there’s a student rate for Apple Music and other discounts

You can register for UNiDays as a high school student, but I know certain discounts like the Apple ones are intended for college students. If you’re a college student, I’m sure there’s even more discounts at local restaurants and stores near your campus. Take advantage of these deals while you’re still a student!



Where to Buy “Professional” or Business Casual Clothes – For Teens!

Hello everyone!

Even as a teen not yet in the workforce, there are still quite a few instances where you’ll need “professional” clothing. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you would know that I am a member of the YMCA’s Youth and Government program. For our training conferences, we could wear casual clothing as long as it was reasonably modest, but for our culminating conference in Sacramento (coming up in about a week!) where we have to wear business casual clothing that fits the “Sac attire” dress code each day of the conference. I had a few outfits that I had been able to pass off as professional enough for one-off events in the past, but for this conference I actually needed to invest in some business attire. If you’re in a similar situation, keep on reading to find out where to go!

One of my biggest concerns when finding business casual clothes was the cost. Stores that sell this type of clothing are often on the pricier end, and I couldn’t justify spending that much since I won’t be wearing these clothes often- only for Youth and Government and other special occasions.

  • Banana Republic outlet – I found a ton of good pieces here, and they were actually pretty stylish/things I was excited to wear. Everything was around 40-60% off, so I got a really good deal on everything I got. They have petite sizing and a wide range of sizing in general, which is good if you’re younger/smaller.
  • Outlets of other similar stores (J. Crew, etc.) – Same thing as the Banana Republic outlet situation, but I wanted to include that as a separate place since their deals really stood out to me and I had such a good experience. I recommend just going to the nearest outlet mall and peeking into any stores that look like they have businesswear. I found that Banana had the best deals, but you never know.
  • Nordstrom Rack – Their selection differs a lot from time to time, but the last time I went I found a ton of stuff. They usually have a lot of dresses and shirts, but it might be harder to find pants and skirts. Everything I got here was around $20-30, so it’s very reasonably priced- it depends on the brand though, since they have such a variety of labels.
  • Target – You might not expect it, but Target has a bit of everything. Again, it depends on their current stock, but I would pop in just to see. If not clothes, they have a really good selection of flats and heels you could get for reasonable prices.
  • Goodwill / Thrift stores – This is probably the most affordable and hit-or-miss option. If your local Goodwill or thrift stores have decent section of business wear and carry your size, it might be your best bet. That being said, I know thrift shopping often doesn’t work out and it may not have the best selection of these things, so I wouldn’t count on getting all your stuff here.
  • Your family! – If you’re similarly sized to your mom/dad/whoever in your family, ask to borrow their stuff! They’ll probably have at least one thing that’s neutral and you can wear- I borrowed my mom’s cardigan last time I had a Youth and Government event where I needed to dress formally.
  • Typical” stores – Sometimes stores like Abercrombie or American Eagle will have business-casual blouses or slacks. I recommend checking in these stores just to see- they’ll also often be on sale since their target demographic doesn’t end up buying them as often.

I hope this helps you on your business casual clothing search! Clothes shopping in general can be challenging, so I know it’s a bit of a nuisance. That being said, you’ll feel like a super-important businesswoman (or man) when you find the right outfits for you. Let me know if any of these places have worked for you in the past, or if there’s somewhere else people should look!