PSG recently approved a resolution brought to them by senior Courtney Cornell concerning a program Parkside had implemented in the past called the Student Savings Club. Cornell first heard of the program when she came to Parkside and thought it was a great idea, but unfortunately the university stopped using it. “We haven’t had the program for at least five years,” stated Cornell. Recently, she was approached by the founder, Patrick Moriarty, and told that the university could rejoin and use the program free of charge, so we could have the chance to use it again.
What is Student Savings Club? It is a nation wide student discount program founded to help students save money. The university draws up a list of local businesses and asks if they would be willing to give students with an ID a discount. The school can use as many businesses as they would like, but to make sure the cards student orgs sell are not interfered with, Cornell will not be adding those businesses to the list. Both Gateway and Herzing in Kenosha use this program. “I think it’s amazing for college students,” said Cornell. “We’re all penny crunching. I want to make it easier for students to go out with their friends.” Some of the local businesses that are involved with the program are Toppers, DeRangos, and Office Max.
Student Savings Club is partnered with Edhance, which is also a nation wide program. The way Edhance works is that the student enters their debit or credit card and the money they save shopping online is put back into their card. For example, Walmart offers a 5% discount online. The amount the student receives will depend on what they spend, but that 5% discount will be placed into their card. Some deals are online only, such as deals from Puma, Coach, Barnes and Nobles, Target, and other national businesses.
During such economic hardships as ours, it can be hard to save up money to go out and relax with friends or family. By using Student Savings Club, students can buy what they need and save money while doing it! There is a Facebook page up and running, so any students interested can search it and request to join, or they can go to Parkside’s page on the Student Savings Club website and join http://www.studentsavingsclub.com/pages/wi_uw_parkside/210.php. As Cornell pointed out, “[It’s] nice to have the deals out there.” So, go out and use them! There is nothing to lose and money to gain.