Living on a tight budget can be tough – especially when it comes to meeting your needs and your students’ needs all at the same time. If your wallet needs a break (whose doesn't?), then you might want to check out these stores where it pays to be an educator.
1. The Container Store: The Container Store provides a 15% discount on all items through the Organized Teacher Program. Simply register online for a free discount card to use for in-store and online purchases. School identification is required.
2. Office Depot: The free Office Depot Star Teacher Program grants educators 10% back in rewards points on ink, toner and paper purchases. You also get 15% of the price of all copy and print orders placed online or at a brick-and-mortar location.
3. Staples: Register for the Staples Teacher Rewards Program to receive 10% back in rewards points. The program covers a slew of products, from ink and paper to teaching and art supplies.
4. Joann Fabric: The free Teacher Rewards Discount Card offers educators a 15% off discount on all purchases. Homeschoolers are also eligible for the card and new members receive a 20% off discount for signing up.
5. Hancock Fabric: Show your valid school ID at most Hancock Fabric retail locations and be rewarded with a discount of 15% on all purchases.
6. Michael's: Receive 15% off your entire purchase every day. Just to be sure to have your school ID or pay stub.
7. Barnes & Noble: Through the B&N Educator Program teachers can save 20% off the publisher's list price on purchases for classroom use. During Educator Appreciation Days receive discounts up to 25%.
8. ShopPBS: ShopPBS is one of the few book and media outlets to offer an online discount to teachers. Register for the PBS Teachers Program to take 10% off your first purchase through the store.
9. Ann Taylor Loft: Fashion forward educators are rewarded for their posh style through the Loft Loves Teachers program. Register to get 15% off all in-store purchases, plus an introductory discount for new members.
10. The Limited: Show a school ID or valid pay stub when you shop at any The Limited location and snag 15% off your entire order. The offer is good for all items on the racks, walls or tables. In other words, everything.
11. New York and Co.: New York and Co. grants any educator with a valid school ID 15% off every purchase at participating locations, keyword participating. Call ahead to be sure your favorite store honors the offer.
12. J. Crew: Visit the local J. Crew, flash your school ID, and be rewarded with 15% off designer duds.
13. Banana Republic: Banana Republic offers a 10-percent off deal to any teacher with a valid school ID. Another caveat fiend, it's only good at participating locations. Call before you shop.
14. Apple store: Bring your ID and receive 5% off all in store purchases.
15. Dell: Buy direct from the Dell online store and get 2-4% off the final price of any desktop or laptop, as well as software a peripherals. Call Customer Service at 1-800-999-3355 before paying to apply the discount.
16. Cell Phone Companies (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint): This discount is a tad tricky to redeem but can save loads on a personal cell phone bill, sometimes up to 20% a month. Visit your provider's business or discount portal and input your .edu e-mail address to check if your institution is registered. Example: Search "Verizon business discount" in a search engine and click on the first result to register or check existing discounts.
17. Sony: Discounts on projectors and flat-panel displays vary when you register and buy through the program portal, but most are about 5-10% off.
18. Pizza Hut: Feed your pizza monster for cheap when you dine at any Pizza Hut location. Show your school ID for discounts of 10-20% off any meal.
19. Starbucks: Deals at the world's most iconic coffee shop vary widely by location and the baristas working. However, they've been known to give discounts on request. Build a healthy rapport to up your chances.
20. Eddie Bauer: Educators can receive 15% off regularly priced items in-store with a school ID.
Looking for more discounts? This roundup has a few more that are worth a mention.
This post was written by Katie Jorgensen, an elementary school teacher in the Cherry Creek School District.
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