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How to Save a Fortune at Apple: Coupons, Promo Codes, & Tricks

Updated December 12, 2015
by Kyle Taylor
Founder
Apple Store

We love our Apple products around here, but they’re known for being pretty stingy when it comes to coupons and promo codes.

They want to be known as a luxury brand, so if you want to save any money, you’ve got to be in the know!

We reached out to insiders and today we’re revealing some of Apple’s top secret discounts. Our best advice is to stack several of these tricks for some insane savings.

1. Shop Through Discover & Get 6% Cash-Back 

If you have a Discover credit card, you can use their cash-back shopping portal to earn a crazy 6% cash rebate on whatever you spend at the Apple store.

Here’s how this works: You earn your normal 1% cash back for using your Discover card, plus an additional 5% for using the ShopDiscover portal.

If you don’t have a Discover card, you can sign up for one here.

I don’t want you opening credit cards you don’t need, but if you’re planning a big Apple purchase, this might be worth it. For example, 6% cash-back on a Macbook Pro could be worth as much as $150!

2. Buy a Discounted Gift Card & Save 1-2%

One of my favorite hacks is to buy Apple gift cards at a discount through sites like Raise.com. Their marketplace matches gift card buyers and sellers, with discounts ranging from 1-2%.

They’re just regular gift cards, so you can them either in-store or online.

3. Teacher & Student Discount – Up to $200!

Apple offers incredible discounts to teachers and students. You just need a valid .edu email address. (Hint: Anyone can get an edu email address. Here’s how…)

You can can access the education portal here. They’re currently offering up to $200 savings on a new Mac and up to $20 on a new iPad.

4. Use Swagbucks

Arguably one of the easiest ways to save on Apple products is with the Swagbucks rewards program. Most of you are already familiar with it, but did you know that you can also earn Apple gift cards for taking their surveys?

It’s not a ton of money, but most people are able to earn about $10 a month in free Apple gift cards. Plus, they give you $5 just for signing up.

Plus, they also have a cash back shopping portal that will pay you 1% on your Apple.com purchases. So, if you don’t have a Discover card, I’d recommend using this instead.

5. Buy Refurbished  – Up to $450 Off!

Most people don’t realize that Apple has a special section of their site where they offer refurbished Apple products at huge discounts (up to $450 off).

Normally I’d be a little hesitant to buy electronics refurbished, but Apple tests, certifies, and include a 1-year warranty with all of these products.

6. Wait for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

The Apple store doesn’t usually offer Black Friday savings, but there are usually a few Apple retailers that do (Target, Walmart, Best Buy, etc.). Keep an eye on The Penny Hoarder’s Black Friday portal — we’ll be updating this with the sales as they’re released.

We hope this list helps you save a ton of money! Good luck Penny Hoarders!

by Kyle Taylor
Kyle is the founder of ThePennyHoarder.com

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