» By SHAY GORDON – cgordon@my.apsu.edu

With many college students surviving on a Ramen noodle budget, saving money is a high priority and sometimes a necessity. Fortunately, APSU students have the opportunity to save on everyday purchases at participating locations in Clarksville when they present their student I.D. card upon check-out. However, not all students are aware of what businesses will give these helpful discounts with a student I.D.

Vidappe, a new iPhone and Android application, can now assist students in their search for frugal finds. Vidappe alerts students of all discounts available to them in real-time when they are physically near any of Clarksville’s discount locations. A student with Vidappe will receive a notification such as, “10% off at Don Pancho a block away thanks to your APSU I.D.” when near the Mexican restaurant.

Vidappe users can also add reminders or personal coupons to their account in order to alert them when the location they need to visit is near. For example, if Goodwill is having a blue-tag special on a certain day, users can save the reminder in their account and an alert would appear when near Goodwill.

Vidappe is a free application and works for over 170 other discount programs nationwide. Users can search discount programs offered all over the country, by region or subscribe to programs of which they are already members.

Though some students know some of the locations that offer students special discounts with presentation of an I.D. card upon purchase, some may not know of the variety of sites offering discounts. APSU students can view a list of locations that offer specials on the APSU’s Student Government Association webpage under the Programs and Services tab (www.apsu.edu/sga/student-discounts).

Businesses offering discounts include fast food restaurants, auto services, retail and cosmetic services. Students interested in exploring Vidappe and the variety of deals the app offers can visit www.vidappe.com for more information. TAS