For my last post of the school year, I’d like to share a list of 10 stores that offer discount cards specifically for teachers. These are some of the major retail chains where you can buy supplies, books, games, and crafts for the classroom. For information about other types of teacher discounts, scroll to the bottom of the post. And if I have left off a favorite of yours, please share the wealth in the comments section!
1. Lakeshore Learning: Teacher's Club
2. OfficeMax: MaxPerks for Teachers
3. Office Depot: Star Teachers
4. Staples: Staples Rewards
5. FedEx Office: Academic Edge
6. Barnes & Noble: Educator
7. Books-a-Million: BAM! Educators Card
8. Half-Price Books: Educator’s Discount Card
9. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: Teacher Rewards
10. Michaels: No card — just show your teacher ID
This is a good list to get you started, but I know I haven’t even come close to mentioning all the places that offer discounts for teachers. For instance, I didn’t touch upon businesses that offer educator discounts on non-educational purchases. Such items include cellular service; clothing; restaurant meals; air, rail, and cruise fares; rental cars; hotel reservations; and insurance. In addition, there are probably many local businesses that will give you a discount. Check your local museums, zoos, aquariums, theaters, and amusement parks. If you can’t find an advertised discount somewhere, I suggest you ask before making a purchase. You’d be surprised how many kind employees will give you a discount, even if there isn’t an official one available. Come prepared, however: they may ask to see a teacher ID or payment stub.
Retired teachers, PreK and specialist teachers, parents who homeschool, and college professors often wonder if they are eligible for the same discounts as current K-12 grade teachers. The answer is that it varies, not only by business but also sometimes by individual store. However, I absolutely encourage you to ask — because you’re worth it!
Of course, I can’t forget to include Scholastic. While they don't have an actual teacher discount card (yet), they always have teacher discounts! Head on over to Teacher Express for the amazing end-of-year Dollar Deals. Until May 31, a ton of items from the Scholastic catalog — books, ebooks, smart board lessons, decor, games and manipulatives, CDs, and DVDs — are available at discount prices. The instructional ebooks are heavily discounted at $1.00 each, which means most of them are over 90 percent off!
And don’t forget to come back in August to find out what teachers should look for at garage sales and to learn how to make a budget for your classroom. I’m excited to be coming back to share many more frugal tips with you.
Until then, have a happy summer!