It’s that time of year again and everybody is flocking to the shops in search of great deals on everything from books to bathtubs. Black Friday is a discount bonanza for people across the country, and there are some really great deals to be made. And, honestly, after Thanksgiving everyone is in need of some retail therapy.
As a student you’re probably always seeking out the best deals so this year, whether you’re heading down to the stores or planning to buy online, we’ve got some great tips for gadgets that might just help you ace your next semester.
Apple-enthusiasts will already know about the fantastic learning apps they support. So if you’re looking for Apple products to step up your studying game this holiday season, Best Buy have some cracking deals, including $200 discount on a MacBook Pro 13” with 4GB RAM and 500GB hard drive (deal price: $899.99).
Over ¾ of students use tablet computers to help with their studies nowadays (Murphy et al., 2015). If that’s you, then you might be tempted to shave $100 off the 16GB iPad Air 2 (deal price: $399.99). You can even use it to create your citations using the RefME iOS app.
Do you prefer Android? – Head down to Barnes & Noble to pick up a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0 for just $99.99. This handy e-reader is also a full-featured Android tablet with access to all our favourite educational Google Play Apps like DuoLingo and Khan Academy.
You could also listen to your favorite new tunes on your new device with some half price Beats Solo 2 headphones at $96.99.
Best Black Friday have found some other great deals on devices that may strike your fancy.
For those that prefer to read an actual book, Barnes & Noble are also knocking 30% off almost every item in store, so you’ll find some great academic and literary works at similarly great prices – plus if you get there before 10am you’ll get a free coffee!
While you’re hunting for books: Half Price Books have 20% off in-store sale this Friday. Not only that, they are giving a free tote bag to each of their first 100 customers in store with a chance to win a $100 gift card.
Didn’t get enough coffee in Barnes & Noble? No problem, Staples have an INSANE 85%-off deal on a Cuisinart hot drinks brewer at just $59.99 that should help keep your eyes open when you’re up late studying… and it’s free delivery.
Worried about staining your teeth with all the coffee you’ll be drinking? – no problem, pick up a Pro Care UV sanitising electric toothbrush 85% off it’s retail price for $39.99 (RRP $249.99). ‘Staples: office supplies with a dental conscience’.
It’s the first semester and there’s still plenty of work to be done, but when you’ve handed in that final assignment you will have earned a HUGE treat, right?
Well, StudentUniverse have joined the Black Friday fun and will be revealing their student flight deals on the day (and on Cyber Monday). If last year is anything to go by, you could find a great deal to look forward to at the end of the year.
If you’re looking for deals on something a bit more specific – maybe a Nerf bow to hunt your housemates? Or maybe a 4-person inflatable bubble spa for your next party? – check out Black Friday FM to search through a host of great deals.
If rushing around stores on the busiest day of the year doesn’t appeal to you, you have other options. On Cyber Monday, you can make get great discounts from the couch, or save a few dimes for Small Business Saturday next week and support your local businesses.
The RefME Team.
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