The best deals and freebies for college kids

During the college years -- when you're probably paying out way more than you're taking in -- getting a few financial breaks can make a substantial difference in your monthly budget. With your fall classes just starting, you qualify for discounts -- some significant -- on a variety of products and services, everything from Microsoft Office to Hulu to Spotify Premium. And to score those deals, you usually just need to show you're enrolled in a school, either with an .edu email account or through a validation service such as SheerID and Unidays.

Beyond the deals listed below, ask at your student bookstore for discounts on devices and software. And if you live on campus, check with your school's housing department to see which streaming services -- such as HBO Now -- may be available to you at no additional charge.

In the meantime, we've assembled this list of some of our favorite student deals and freebies. While you're at it, be sure to check out our suggestions for best apps for college students to save money and time.

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Student discounts on entertainment

These popular music (and, in some cases, video) streaming services give you break on subscriptions.

Student discounts on money management

If there's one thing most students could use a hand with, it's managing money.

Student discounts on apps and software

While you may be able to get software at a discount through your school's bookstore, you won't do any better than free.

Student discounts on shopping and tech

From Amazon to Groupon, you can save up to 50 percent on services and devices.

Have you found any other great college deals to share? List them in the comments!

This story was originally posted previously, and has been updated with additional deals.

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