Teacher discounts for products and services make a profound difference in educators' bottom line.
These days, getting by on a teacher's salary demands expert budgeting skills. It is not enough to look for special sales at local stores. Don't be tempted by low-value coupons or prices that require you buy in bulk. There are better deals for educators out there, once you know where to find them.
In this guide, I'm going to discuss the multitude of different discounts out there available to teachers and how to take advantage of them. We've picked some of our favorites, but there are hundreds of teachers discounts. If we've missed anything, or know of a great discount for teachers, let us know in the comments!
In This Guide
Types of Teacher's Discounts
Many companies offer discounts to educators for everything from school supplies to affordable round-the-world vacations.
Participating in membership and loyalty shopper programs that target educators is the typical method for scoring discounts. However, some companies just slash your bill at the register, once you show proof you are a teacher. You sometimes get money back or can rack up points toward future purchases.
No matter how you might score a sweet discount, remember that there is no harm in asking at the register or calling ahead to see if there is a teacher discount.
Here are some of the categories of discounts eligible for teachers we'll be covering in this guide:
- Classroom décor
- School and art supplies
- Reading materials
How to Get Your Discount
Securing these specials for educators can be as simple as showing proof of school district employment. This might be a pay stub, a staff identification card, or a teachers' union card. In other cases, teachers must go on a company website and enter a discount code specific to their school.
Some educator deals are limited to teachers currently in the classroom, while other teacher discount offers are also extended to administrators, counselors, staff, librarians, and students. The most generous offers also allow retired educators to take advantage of special pricing.
Tech & Cell Phones
1. The Shop PBS Educational Media web page hosts sales for teachers looking to purchase educational content for their classrooms. The site also features links to PBS LearningMedia, with free digital resources for teachers at all grade levels.
2. Apple chops its prices for students and parents of students but offers the same deal for educators as well. You can earn about 10 percent off computers, tablets, software, and accessories. Use the portal to find your school and enter the code to access deals faculty, administrators, and staff.
3. Middle and high school teachers of math and science can take advantage of technology deals from Texas Instruments. The web portal features a list of qualifying purchases.
Then there are the major cell phone companies such as:
Related: Use our cell phone comparison table to make an apples-to-apples comparison on all the major devices and plans.
8. These companies will upon occasion publicize special deals for teachers. To ensure you have access to slashed pricing, go to the companies' websites and enter your .edu email address. Doing so can result in a lowered bill for phones or contracts. The NEA also has a discount program for teachers who are AT&T customers.
9. Teachers and student qualify for special academic pricing for software at ThinkEDU. There are also deals on college apparel, textbooks, and hardware.
10. Adobe has an Educators web page detailing how to purchase its software either for yourself or your school or department, all with incentive pricing.
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Outfitting your classroom can be a costly endeavor, especially in districts that have cut back on supply budgets. According to research analyzed in Money magazine, teachers spend an average of 500 dollars annually for supplies, and one it ten teachers spends over 1,000 dollars.
Fortunately, there is a way to cut this bill by a significant percentage. There are many companies listed below that discount all the essentials for knowledgeable teachers, including storage, office supplies, and art supplies.
Educators should consider that major office and craft supply companies have the equivalent of frequent shopper programs, but specifically designed for teachers.
Check out these discounts, deals, and special offers for teachers:
11. Members of Lakeshore's Teacher's Club can secure 15 percent off a rotating list of special items that changes monthly. Typical offers include classroom incentives, manipulatives, reading materials, and classroom décor.
13. Teacher Rewards is part of the Staples cash back system. Members earn 2 to 5 percent back in rewards, but that percentage is doubled for money spent on teaching and art supplies. Your earnings rate is based on how much you spend in a calendar year. If it totals under $999, the rate is 2 percent. If you hit that level of spending, you are on the Teacher Premier level and earn at the higher rate.
14. Rather than operate on a cash-back system, Michael's keeps things straightforward with a blanket 15 percent discount off purchases at its brick-and-mortar stores every day. The Teachers Create for Your Classroom site delves into the details of this program and also provides project ideas for your curriculum.
15. Over at Ben Franklin, they show their appreciation for educators by giving them 10 percent discounts on all school supplies. Bring your school identification or proof of certification to the store to secure this deal.
16. The Jo-Ann Teacher Rewards program gives educators 15 percent off all purchases both online and at brick-and-mortar locations of Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores. To further entice teachers, the chain also carries DIY craft kits, classroom incentives, rewards, and school supplies.
17. Party City's Organization Discounts program keeps things festive with a tiered discount system. Purchases between 75 and 125 dollars earn 10 percent off, while higher purchases can go up to 20 percent off. To secure this deal, teachers must bring a signed letter or official letterhead from an official at your school and must pay by check or credit card in the school's name.
Books and Periodicals
18. Members of NEA can secure deep discounts on magazine subscriptions through its Everyday Discounts web page. We'll have more information on the NEA below.
19. Barnes & Noble runs B&N Educators, a program that discounts classroom titles by 20 percent and, on Educator Appreciation Day, up to 25 percent. Sign up online for the mailing list for invitation-only offers for teacher members.
20. Although the inventory is already on sale, Half Price Books sweetens the deal with its Educator Discount Card. Teachers and librarians can save 10 percent on in-store purchases only.
21. Books-A-Million has an Educator's Discount Program and BAM card entitling holders to receive a 20 percent price cut off hardcover and paperback book for the classroom.
Amazon offers multiple ways for educators to save money when shopping:
22. The Amazon Education web page summarizes ways to dig up deals on your Amazon orders if you are a teacher.
23. For teachers shopping for their daycare centers or schools, joining Amazon Business for Education means access to special pricing as well as being able to use the Amazon Tax Exemption Program.
24. The Amazon portal also has a page where college professors and students can check to see if they are eligible for discounts on Amazon academic products.
25. The New York Times has an Academic Rate for educators that slashes the cover price by 50 percent when you subscribe.
27. Teachers, librarians, counselors, coaches, retired educators, and other school staff can join the Educators Travel Network for access to vacations. Members can also earn Reward Dollars to further lower the prices on trips, transportation, and accommodations.
28. Plan your lodgings through Teachers Travel Web and stay at a free bed and breakfast or vacation exchange home.
29. Any money off the Disneyworld experience is welcome. At the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, you can stay at a special rate designated for educators, support staff, military, and nurses. You must use the code DREAMS! to secure this deal.
30. Marriott's properties known as Gaylord Hotels have Teacher Appreciation Rates. Other properties are not as consistent in the rates they offer, but some Marriott Hotels will allow educators with identification to qualify for their local government employee discount.
31. Legoland California rewards its state teachers on Teacher Appreciation Days. These select days offer free admission for classroom teachers, but not family members or travel companions. The Florida branch of the park is more generous, offering a year-long free pass for its state teachers working with pre-kindergarten through high school age students.
Read More: For more information and tips, check out our buyer's guide to hotel booking sites and our article on how to get cheap flights.
32. According to Ann Taylor Loft, Loft Loves Teachers! This is fortunate for you because you earn 15 percent off full-price purchases every day. Join the program on the web portal for access to other members-only benefits, such as Teacher Appreciation Nights for you and a guest.
34. Students and teachers can score everyday savings at the Banana Republic. Full-price purchases are chopped by 15 percent.
35. If comfortable work shoes are on your shopping list, note that your teacher identification gets you 15 percent off purchases at Aerosoles and your NEA card secures the same discount on online purchases from The Walking Company.
36. College students and teachers with a valid identification card enjoy 15 percent off all purchases at brick-and-mortar outposts of Madewell.
37. J. Crew extends the same deal, cutting prices by 15 percent for teachers and college students at their retail locations.
It is challenging to find a restaurant that provides year-round special pricing for teachers.
However, the month of May, which includes Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Appreciation Day (always the first Tuesday of the first full week in May), seems to be cause for celebration and thus there are discounts for educators to be enjoyed at various eateries.
Consult with the local branches of these chains to ensure they are participating and dig into:
38. Pub grub from The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
39. Salads and sandwiches at PDQ
40. Burritos from Chipotle
41. Salad bar options at Salata
Freebies for Teachers
42. When all is said and done, there is no better discount than something you want that is offered for free! Before you commit to a purchase related to your classroom or professional development, consult sources with updated lists for grants for teachers. According to the Teach.com website:
"Teaching grants can fund professional development, classroom enrichment, school supplies, field trips and almost anything else that goes into bettering the quality of education."
43. Another resource for educational grants, contests, and awards is Edutopia's The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources.
The Benefits of Membership
If your position includes being a member of the National Education Association (NEA), then you have the power of group purchasing on your side. The NEA land deals with major companies and then promotes these discounted products and services to members.
44. See the NEA Member Benefits page for an overview and click on any of the categories to see insider pricing for insurance, home, auto, and travel. Note, however, that some member pricing does not compete with seasonal price breaks and clearance pricing you might find outside the NEA portal.
45. Likewise, the American Federation of Teachers has a Featured Benefits web page detailing special prices for products, services, and classes.
Do Your Research
Do your due diligence to get what you want for less money. Compare online prices with brick-and-mortar stores' membership programs and specials. Although national chains will have the most publicity regarding their educator prices, local and independent shops want your business, too.
Mention that you work at a school and the manager or cashier might be able to discount your purchase, especially if you plan to be a repeat customer.
Other Sources for Educator Discounts
Many institutions providing discounts to students will extend the same courtesy to teachers. Check out this review of 50 Great Student Discounts for leads on potentially untapped discounts for faculty and staff members of schools.
We also have a guide to military & veterans discounts as well. If you or someone you know served in the armed forces, consult our Military & Veterans Discounts guide for great tips.
Some teachers prefer the ease of using gift cards to get what they need for their students. There are many websites that provide gift cards at prices lower than the face value.
However, navigating discounts for gift cards can be tricky. Use reputable sites that you check recent reviews. Consult our buyer's guide to gift card exchanges to find the highest-ranking websites that sell gift cards at discounted prices.
No matter what you are shopping for, be a savvy consumer and compare multiple sources to locate the best deals for teachers.
This money-saving strategy works particularly well with companies that cater to the education market, such as bookstores or art supply shops. People there want your loyal business. Carry any proof you have of being an educator with you when you shop to ensure you can jump on deals that present themselves.
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