Use .edu Email Aliases for More Free Stuff
What do Amazon, LastPass, and Evernote have in common? Other than all being great web services, they also do something very cool for all college students: provide their premium services for free! Who doesn’t love 1) free two-day shipping, 2) free LastPass access on your smartphone, or 3) free Evernote Premium?
The problem with these offers is that just like a dealer, these companies are looking to give you a little taste in hopes that you’re convinced to fork over your hard-earned cash. While all these services are certainly worth the cost in my book, why pay for what you can get for free?
All you have to do is complete these offers again with another .edu email. How do you do this you ask? Many schools (mine included) allow you to create email aliases that are technically different email addresses still associated with one account. UC Berkeley allows us to create up to 3 extra aliases. That means 18 more months of free Amazon Prime and LastPass Premium! Your school may not even advertise the ability to create aliases (I know mine doesn’t), so ask someone in your campus IT department if your school offers this great feature.
While there are some slight annoyances (namely having to create new accounts on each website you want to use the premium service for), it’s a much smaller price to pay than forking over cash! For those of you looking to keep signing up for more free trials, you’re a simple Google search away from finding out how to create as many free .edu email addresses as you like. Have fun!
Do you know of any other services that offer free premium features to students? Let us know in the comments!