Save money on back-to-school desktops

If you're a student, there's no reason for you to pay full price.

By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PC World |  Hardware, Apple, Dell

For example, Lenovo is currently marketing the Lenovo H330 Desktop 77801JU at a student price of $494. That's $55 below the "web sale price," which is $150 off the regular list price. The H330 77801JU's configuration includes an Intel Core i3-2120 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.

Lenovo is also offering students its A310 desktop for just $500, which is $69 off the already-discounted Web sale price. The A310 comes with up to an i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive. On average, Lenovo's student discount is $50 to $60 lower than the Web sale prices, which are already $50 to $200 off of the regular prices.

Save Even More Money

Now that you've found the perfect computer--at a great price--check online coupon sites such as RetailMeNot for additional discounts. Many computer manufacturers have ongoing discount offers that you can apply to the student price. For example, HP recently ran a coupon promotion that expired on July 6: If you bought a computer for $1000 or more, you could enter the code 150SUMMER at checkout to receive $150 off your purchase.

You can also save on software: Best Buy offers academic software discounts, as does JourneyEd. You must prove your student status--but once you've done that, you can get products such as Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 for $449 (normally $1899) and Avid Media Composer 5.5 Student Edition for $295 (normally $2945).

As long as you're a student, you'll find many opportunities to avoid paying full price.


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