Software and services for back-to-school

We wrap up our look at the best gadgets and gear for back-to-school with a look at software and services. These aren’t only great options for those heading back to school. There’s something for everyone in here.

Students can enjoy discounted services like (Amazon) Prime for $59 (use your .edu email for a six-month trial). Click here to check it out:

Hulu also offers a discount for students. You can get both Hulu and Spotify for just $4.99 a month. Learn more here:

Adobe Creative Cloud offers a 60% discount for students. Click here to check out the available plans.

The free app Todolist works on mobile, table or computer plus you can collaborate with as many as five people on projects. Step up for $29 a year to experience expanded features. Click here to download it for free:


When the world gets to be overwhelming, then de-stress with Headspace (mobile and computer) featuring helpful animations and exercise description so you can maximize your pace. Try it free or subscribe for expanded features at #13 a month or discounted $58 for the entire year. Click here to check it out:

Once you’re all nice and de-stressed, you don’t want to get worked up again by hitting the mall. Why not get styling with the clothing services Trunk Club or Stitch Fix for men, women, or kids  where a personal stylist sends five seasonal styles to you for $20. You pay only for the clothing you keep. Check out how it works here.


Comics galore at Comixology Unlimited at $5.99 a month:


Do a dinner and a movie with the Sinemia movie ticket subscription service (starting at $4.99 a month) as they team up with for a deal for each new subscriber (one-year subscription). Check it out here:

Everyone loves getting stuff in the mail and the Loot Crate ( monthly subscription service has your covered. These boxed media collection treasures really do amaze. The thought, effort, execution, and results are truly impressive and should satisfy any media fan while keeping up with current trends and media releases.


Loot Crate also offers Loot Anime, Loot Pets, and Level Up monthly subscription services and also introduced the new Loot Gaming subscription service earlier this year that features figurines, collectibles, apparel, digital items, in-game DLC, downloadable games and more from video game brands.

The Sling TV streaming service has expanded its Cloud DVR “First Look” program to Sling TV customers using Apple TV. Sling TV is currently available on Amazon, Android and Roku devices. Customers with a Sling TV-supported Apple TV may add Cloud DVR to their subscription at $5 per month for 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.


Read more about Sling TV here:

Young students can learn to code with the monthly Bitsbox packages.


Click here to learn how to inspire the future tech gurus of the world:

Boost their math with Prodigy Math Game or Bedtime Math.

bed-time-math.jpg offers a fun way to expand your word cache. Just type in the word or words you want to learn or teach and click on Start learning.

vocabulary-words.jpg is a great, safe reading hub for kids.


Try some test prep on Shmoop.


Learn from Google Scholar, which includes an effective search engine. Check it out here:

Factmonster and BJ Pinchback’s Homework Helper are great for fun and research among a wide variety of topics.

Khan Academy has great instruction videos for complex subject plus you can do some good with Free Rice (UN World Food Program) by earning real rice for the needy with correct answers.

After all that studying, it’s time to fuel up. The Graze snack company ( offers more than 200 high-quality snack combinations through subscription boxes right to your door with tasty products made from smaller, family-based suppliers.


Have a great school year!

~ Mike Siebenaler

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