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Every year I debate on joining the Alumni association. What are real benefits if any that you have received? All I can see is generic statements about coupons to local stores and restaurants etc. 

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21 minutes ago, Nick Carroll said:

Every year I debate on joining the Alumni association. What are real benefits if any that you have received? All I can see is generic statements about coupons to local stores and restaurants etc. 

Sometimes they send you a tee shirt, too.

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On 8/16/2019 at 10:50 AM, Nick Carroll said:

Every year I debate on joining the Alumni association. What are real benefits if any that you have received? All I can see is generic statements about coupons to local stores and restaurants etc. 

The discount listings are mostly generic because there's a lot of them that vary depending on where you live. After signup, there's an app that shares all of the discounts. I think it would be easy to cover the cost of an annual membership with these offers. In an extreme case, I recently spoke with someone who saved hundreds of dollars on their new fridge because of our discount with Home Depot.

In addition to discounts, membership serves as an entry-point to some services that require a USFAA membership. The two that come to mind are USF Federal Credit Union and USF Campus Recreation. Note: the campus rec access is the ability to purchase a membership, not the membership itself.

I chat with a lot of people about membership and whether or not they should do it. When these conversations occur, I like to talk more about the impact of membership than the discounts and other benefits. As the association's mission states, the goals of USFAA are to help Bulls make an impact on USF and student success, protect USF, share pride, and stay connected. Membership dues help in all of these areas. The mission statement can be viewed here and provides a high level view of what the association is doing to achieve its goals. https://www.usfalumni.org/s/861/02-alumni/index.aspx?sid=861&gid=1&pgid=287

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We get a Home Depot discount?   wtf?

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7 hours ago, chapelbull said:

We get a Home Depot discount?   wtf?

This was news to me too. It isn't for everything. On the site, it's described as "preferred pricing on all the kitchen and laundry appliance brands it sells nationally."

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On 8/16/2019 at 10:50 AM, Nick Carroll said:

Every year I debate on joining the Alumni association. What are real benefits if any that you have received? All I can see is generic statements about coupons to local stores and restaurants etc. 

If you're looking for "what's in for me" then it's not for you.

Joinign the AA does provide some minor tangible benefits... but the biggest benefit is giving back.

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10 hours ago, Jim Johnson said:

If you're looking for "what's in for me" then it's not for you.

Joinign the AA does provide some minor tangible benefits... but the biggest benefit is giving back.

I second this comment.  Don't bother if it's a WIIFM approach.  

Go Bulls.

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4 hours ago, Bausfkid said:

I second this comment.  Don't bother if it's a WIIFM approach.  

Go Bulls.

I am not looking for an even trade. However I am looking for perks. As far as giving back, my tuition, taxes, season tickets, and USF license plate give back plenty. 

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1 hour ago, Nick Carroll said:

I am not looking for an even trade. However I am looking for perks. As far as giving back, my tuition, taxes, season tickets, and USF license plate give back plenty. 

The plate goes in full to the Alumni Association.

Go with the Life Membership as it’s by far the best option.

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4 minutes ago, Bausfkid said:

Go with the Life Membership as it’s by far the best option.

That's a great gift for grads ....

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