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Right before the school year starts, I partake in my ritual of back to school shopping, especially where teacher discounts are available! I also make my usual rounds to the Learning Post (a teacher’s supply paradise), Toys R Us for their Crayola sales, and hit the back to school sales at Target and Office Depot/Max…a couple times. I also make a trip after school has started when everything is on clearance! These mini field trips serve as motivation to start planning, but also as mini breaks so I don’t get overwhelmed, not to mention the thrill of saving precious mula!
But saving money and teacher/education discounts aren’t just for a new school year! They can be year round! Did you know some of your favorite stores will cut you a discount, just because you are an educator? My favorite places to shop that have a regular educator discount include:
Ann Taylor LOFT (15%)
Barnes and Noble (20%)
The Limited (15%)
Half Price Books (10%)
There are so many companies that offer educator discounts, especially education and art supply stores, and to think all we have to do is ask and show our teacher badges or name tags! Here are two sites with long lists of places that provide discounts or free educator memberships for exclusive sales and savings:
In addition to year round savings, Teacher Appreciation Week grants us even more savings, especially at lunch time. Look for lunch deals in early May when this takes place.
Also don’t be afraid to ask if you can take multiples of freebies and recyclables that would be valuable in your art room – I stocked up on tons of paint sample cards in one Home Depot trip that will last me for years! Also, keep your eyes and ears open for Scholastic Books educator sales, as well as the Barnes and Noble 25% off Teacher Appreciation Days usually in the fall (October!) and winter. Look it up on your local Barnes and Noble Event Calendar. (There are actually lots of cool things Barnes and Noble offers for educators!)
Your badge can also get you into places for free or discounted prices like museums, science centers, even IMAX movies!
Bottom line: ask everywhere and don’t forget your badge!! (I keep mine in the car, and sometimes my purse if I know the place actually has an educator discount).
Where do you frequently get an educator discount?
What is the best deal you’ve gotten because you’re an educator?
Where is the most surprising place you’ve gotten a deal because you’re an educator?