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Best Place for Back-to-School Discounts? Your Local Credit Union!

Aug. 18, 2012
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Quick, what comes to mind when you hear “credit union”? Free checking? Member-owned cooperative? Great rates on loans? How about “big discount on your next back-to-school purchase”? In addition to all the other great perks, your credit union membership also gives you access to discounts on the products and services you need for your first week of classes: your cellphone, your laptop, and even your textbooks and school supplies. All credit union members are eligible for discounts at partner companies though Many credit unions also have special discount partnerships with local businesses, so you can invest locally and buy locally in the true credit union spirit.

Back-to-school discounts for credit union members nationwide

You can take advantage of the great deals at no matter which credit union you belong to. We’ve selected our back-to-school favorites, but these are just a few of the great discounts available year round.


Back-to-school season is a great time to upgrade your cell phone, or perhaps even buy your first one. Sprint offers 10% off monthly cell phone plans for new and existing customers. If you’re switching over from another provider, Sprint will also give you a $50 service credit for each newly activated line.

Allied Van Lines

Off to college this fall, or know someone who is? If you’re moving out of state, you’re in luck. Allied Van Lines offers a minimum of 60% off out-of-state moving costs to all credit union members. Other moving benefits include secure storage, packing and unpacking, and no capacity restrictions during peak season.

Shop America

The Shop America website gives you up to 15% cash back (in the form of a check!) when you make purchases at any of 1,200+ online retailers. The Shop America database includes a large selection of back-to-school leaders like, Office Deport, Kaplan Test Prep and Barnes& The Shop America website also makes it easy to find which retailers have free shipping and extra coupons. Be sure to use their shopping portal every time you make your online purchases to qualify for cash back.

Local Credit Union Discounts

Here’s a short list our favorite, local back-to-school discounts. Be sure to visit each credit union’s website to see a complete list of their great deals. If you don’t live near any of our featured credit unions, stop by your local one to find out what unique discounts they offer.

Unison Credit Union (Kaukauna, WI) – Great America

Summer’s almost over, but there’s still time for one more trip to rollercoaster heaven before your weekends get busy with club sports, homework and scout meetings. Unison Credit Union members can stop by their local branch to buy discounted Great America tickets for $22.99 less than the gate price. Great America is open every day through August 27th, and the first two weekends in September. Get in one last run before you hit the books. Unison Credit Union has branches in Kaukauna, Little Chute and Wrightstown. Membership is open to people who live or work in Outagamie, Calumet, Brown or Manitowoc counties, or the townships of Neenah or Menasha in Winnebago county. Family of eligible members may also join.

Georgia Power Federal Credit Union (Atlanta, GA) – Biltmore Estate & Gardens

Not everyone likes rollercoasters. Need a last-minute summer getaway that’s a little more serene? Visit George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate in Asheville, North Carolina and spend an afternoon wandering through beautiful gardens, sipping local wine and admiring the estate’s breathtaking architecture. Georgia Power Federal Credit Union employees qualify for discounted admission tickets and save up to $17 per ticket. Georgia Power Federal Credit Union has branches in Forest Park and North Atlanta. Membership is open to any employees who regularly work at entities engaged in electric power generation, transmission or distribution in 11 southern states. Please see their Who We Serve page for complete details.

Rogue Federal Credit Union (Ashland, OR) – Computer Services at the Cyber Center

For many of us, back-to-school season means that it’s time for a new computer. If that sounds like you, Rogue Federal Credit Union in Ashland has the perfect discount. Their members get a 10% discount on all in-store and onsite service fees at the Cyber Center in Medford. The Cyber Center is Ashland’s local source for custom PCs and accessories, tech support and repair services. Rogue Federal Credit Union has branches in Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Medford. Membership is open to any person who lives, works, worships, attends school or owns a business in Jackson, Josephine or Klamath County. Family of eligible members may also join.

North Jersey Federal Credit Union (Totowa, NJ) – Alpha T’s

When school’s in session, what better time to show your spirit by sporting a t-shirt or sweatshirt with your school sports team, club or organization? North Jersey Federal Credit Union members get free set up at Alpha T’s, a local screen printing and embroidery company, so you can get your logo printed on a t-shirt, sweatshirt or novelty item. North Jersey Federal Credit Union has branch locations in Totowa, Newark and Paterson. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or regularly conducts business in Passaic or Bergen counties, the city of Newark, or the underserved areas of Essex and Union counties.

Park Community Federal Credit Union (Louisville, KY) – Z-Xpress Car Wash

After driving through the dusty mountains all summer, your car probably needs a back-to-school bath. Park Community members get their own special discounts at Z-Xpress Car Wash: $2 off a Z-Xtreme or Z-Xtra car wash, or $1 off a Z-Xcellent wash. Just make sure you ask for the discount before you pay. Park Community Federal Credit Union has branches in Kentucky, Indiana and Alabama. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers or attends school in Bloomington, Decatur, Lexington, Richmond, the Louisville Metro Area, and other select areas. Please see their membership page for complete details.

Cook Area Credit Union (Cook, MN) – Gas at the Country Store

Of course, it’s hard to drive through the dusty mountains if you don’t already have a car. If you need one, or just want to refinance your existing vehicle loan, check out Cook Area Credit Union. They’ll give you an extra 1% discount on their already low rates, and also give you a gas certificate worth up to $200 to use at the Country Store. With one branch in Cook, Cook Area Credit Union is local in every sense of the word. Membership is open to people in the Lake Country Power Billing Area and family of eligible members.

Education Credit Union (Amarillo, TX) – Back to School Loans

Instead of putting everything on your credit card, consider applying for a back-to-school loan at Education Credit Union. With a good credit score, you’ll qualify for an interest rate that’s less than half of what credit cards charge. Education Credit Union has branches in Amarillo, Bushland and Canyon. There are many ways to qualify for membership if you are affiliated with a local school. People who live, work, worship, or attend church or school within 10 miles of a credit union branch may also join. Please see their membership page for complete details.