SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students say when they return to the area, local businesses thrive. Just ask Ben Perry, a sophomore at Western New England University.
“I definitely think I spend more money when I’m at school. Wal-Mart’s always packed, no matter what day it is. Dollar tree just opened up, a lot of students are using that. Obviously everything’s only a dollar, it makes things a lot easier,” he said.
Students in the past may have spent a lot of money at local businesses in the area, but Ben Batulanon a freshman at WNEU told 22News it’ll be harder to get them to spend his savings.
“To save money I might stay on campus and eat on campus, but I might allow myself to go out every once in a while,” he said.
Local businesses take advantage by offering students deals they can’t resist. Jared Duval is a junior at WNEU and said every year; he takes full advantage of their offers.
“Domino’s offers, they have a partnership with the school with our points for our meal plan, so we can always use that. Then there’s always coupons and stuff under our doors,” he said.