Ah, another school year is (almost) upon us. But living on a tight budget while trying to outfit your classroom and your students is no easy task. That's why we've compiled below a list of 20 stores/companies that will reward you for all that you do by providing special discounts and pricing on the items you need most. Hey, every little bit helps, right?
1. The Container Store: The Container Store provides educators exclusive discounts throughout the year with their Organized Teacher Program. Simply register online for a free discount card to use for in-store and online purchases. A school ID is required.
2. Office Depot: The free Office Depot Star Teacher Program offers educators 10% in rewards points on select purchases, as well as exclusive access to special events and sales throughout the year. Be sure to select "Teacher" as the membership type when enrolling in the program.
3. Staples: Register for the Staples Teacher Rewards Program to receive 5% back in rewards points and free shipping from Staples.com. The program covers a slew of products, from ink and paper, to teaching and art supplies.
4. Discount School Supply: While it doesn't run a rewards program, certain purchases are eligible for an educator discount if you call ahead or ask before finishing your order. The site also honors tax exemptions from qualifying organizations.
5. Joann Fabric: The free Teacher Rewards Discount Card offers educators a 15% discount on all purchases. Home-schoolers are also eligible for the card, and new members receive a 20% off bonus for signing up.
6. Ben Franklin Crafts: Show your certification or school ID at checkout, and receive 10% off your purchase all year long.
7. Michael's: Educators receive 15% off their entire purchase every day. Just to be sure to have your school ID or pay stub handy.
8. Barnes & Noble: Through the B&N Educator Program, educators can save 20% off the publisher's list price on purchases for classroom use. During Educator Appreciation Days, this discount is increased to 25%.
9. PBS: Educators who sign up for the PBS Learning Media program receive free access to tens of thousands of videos, games, lesson plans, and other educational materials for the classroom.
10. Pets in the Classroom: This unique program offers K-8 educators grants to help cover the cost of a pet for the classroom. The maximum grant amount is $125, but there are also a number of different grant types to help pay for pet supplies.
11. LOFT: Fashion-forward educators are rewarded for their posh style through the Loft Loves Teachers program. Register to get 15% off all full-price, in-store purchases, plus perks like teacher appreciation nights and exclusive sweepstakes.
12. Madewell: Educators who show a valid ID at checkout can get a 15% discount off their purchase. The offer is not available for online orders.
13. J. Crew: The next time you’re shopping at J. Crew, whip out that school ID to save 15% on your purchase. This discount is also available at the Factory Stores.
14. Banana Republic: Bring your valid teacher ID to a Banana Republic store, and receive 15% off full-price purchases.
15. Apple: Varying discounts of up to $200 on computers and accessories are available through the Apple Education Store. In addition to educators, this offer extends to librarians, home-schoolers, university professors, and even elected officers to PTA boards.
16. Dell: If your school is affiliated with Dell, you're eligible for special pricing on your purchase of a computer or other products. Call Customer Service at 1-800-999-3355 before paying to apply the discount.
17. Adobe: Shop direct from the Adobe Education Store to receive discounts on select software, including bundles and suites. Adobe requires proof of employment as an educator before applying the discount.
18. Sony: Register for the Sony Education Store and save up to 10% on select products. If you’re shopping on behalf of your school, head to the Sony Business Store for more appropriate deals.
19. Cell Phone Companies (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint): This discount is a tad tricky to redeem, but you may be able to save loads on your personal cell phone bill, sometimes up to 20% a month. Visit your provider's business or discount portal and input your .edu email address to check if your institution is registered. (Example: Search "Verizon business discount" in Google to register or check for existing discounts.)
20. Denver Art Museum: Educators save $10 on an individual membership that's good for free admission for one year. The discount is only available by presenting a valid school ID at the museum's welcome desk, and cannot be ordered online or over the phone.
Looking for more? This roundup has compiled a list of 66(!) educator-specific rewards and discounts.