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Grade A Savings: 10 ways good grades save you money

By brass Staff on February 1st, 2009 •

Getting good grades and doing well in school is rewarding in itself, but there is another bonus to acing school exams. Students with good grades become eligible for many different types of great discounts. At the time of publication these deals were good to go, but nothing lasts forever, so start studying now, and you could save big with these 10 discounts. Good grades do pay off, in more ways than one.

Movie tickets

Stop by participating Crown Theater locations with a straight-A report card and you'll receive two free movie tickets.


Some apartment complexes in college towns may offer 5% to 10% off year-long leases for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.


A high GPA qualifies you for many grants and scholarships, which will ease education costs.


At over 600 Tesoro locations, students can earn $2 for each A grade and $1 for each B grade in free gas.

Car insurance

Most insurance companies have a good student program that gives you or your parents a 10% to 25% discount with a qualifying report card.

Video games

Participating Play N Trade stores have a "games for grades" promotion that takes 10% off one used video game for each A on your report card.

On-campus housing

Some colleges offer cheaper or even free dorm rooms for students that maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.


Fast food chains such as Wendy's and Dairy Queen have student reward programs, but not all locations participate, so call ahead.


Ski resorts in Utah, Colorado, Washington and other states give high-achieving students savings on ski passes.

Whatever you can think of!

Parents love a great report card, so extra effort in school could translate to concert tickets or even a curfew extension. Let's face it, there are some things money can't buy.

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