August brings all the feels. The feeling of summer slipping away, the excitement of a new school year (the smell of a new box of crayons is always amazing), and maybe the feeling of Christmas looming and a sense of panic. (Look away from the red and green in stores and the feeling will pass for now.)
ACMB wants to put some discounts into our teachers’ back-to-school backpacks. There’s tons of internet info on teachers’ discounts. To save time, we’ve got a list of over 50: from Hershey’s chocolate to computers and shoes. Some widely known discounts and others not so well-known.
Almost all discounts were confirmed prior to posting. In my search, I found some online misinformation. (You mean just because it’s online doesn’t mean it’s true?) Proceed with caution when searching in Google-land. Lastly, almost all businesses will acknowledge homeschool teachers and give them discounts, too. Most require some kind of teacher ID. If you’re a homeschooling educator without an ID, here and here are resources to make your own ID. Because, you’re the principal and you can do that.
Supplies for the New School Year
Thinking about organizing your classroom? (Maybe a little something for the organization in your closet or home office?) The Container Store has a discount program for you. (Right now, they’re offering free shipping for orders over $75.) Sign up for their teacher discount program here and get more discounts throughout the year.
San Antonio FedEx stores offer teachers and students 10% off products and services at all participating FedEx locations nationwide. Show your ID when checking out.
Dollar General teacher’s appreciation event is July 17–September 6, 2016, with 20% off select back-to-school items. Teachers show ID at checkout.
Next, there’s JoAnn Fabric’s Teacher’s Rewards with 15% off every purchase, every day. There’s a free downloadable projects planner and calendar! With so much more than fabric, JoAnn’s partners with the Kids In Need Foundation with national resource centers helping children get the supplies they need for school. There are four centers in Texas. Go here to enroll in JoAnn’s teacher’s discount program now!
Lakeshore Learning’s Teacher’s Club offers 15% off many items and in-store monthly specials.
Check out Office Depot’s: from July 30–August 2 and from August 27–30, they’re offering a 25% off in-store purchase coupon (excludes technology, HP ink/toner, and Epson ink, and other exclusions may apply). Teachers can get a free tote bag during Teacher Appreciation Days as an Office Depot® OfficeMax® Rewards member. Educators can also get a free Teacher VIP savings card for an additional 20% discount on qualifying in-store purchases through October 31. Throughout the year, you’ll benefit from other discounts and offers on supplies for the classroom.
Almost everyone knows that bookstores offer discounts, special events, and more for educators. We included them anyway. Barnes and Noble stores have more than just books. Maybe you’ll find something for your classroom on your next trip.
Barnes and Noble offers lots of perks for educators, 20% every day on books for classroom use; 25% on special days; and various contests and specials throughout the year. Sign up in any Barnes and Noble store.
Half Price Books offers a year-round 10% discount for educators. Get your educator card at your nearest store.
Free and Discounted Educational Materials for Your Classroom
The National Park Service offers free lesson plans and resources for teachers. Plus, 4th grade teachers and students have free access to hundreds of U.S. parks, lands, and waters for an entire year via the Every Kid in a Park program for fourth graders.
Petco and the Pet Care Trust offer Pets in the Classroom program, which supplies products and funding for classroom critters at low cost to schools, with no out-of-pocket supply cost. Apply for a grant for 2016–17 here.
New School Clothes
Teachers need new school clothes, too. Here’s a link to some great blogs with fashion ideas just for you, along with some discounts to get you dressed and ready for that first day back.
The Loft Loves Teachers program offers 15% off full-price purchases; exclusive sweepstakes just for teachers; access to $50,000 through the Loft Best in Class Grants annually; seasonal style guides; and teacher appreciation nights.
Aerosole offers 15% off any footwear item $39.99 or higher. Present your teacher ID or pay stub or call (800) 798-9478. Aerosol sounded more than willing to work with homeschool teachers as well. Should work for phone orders, too.
Charlotte Russe offers a 10% in-store discount with a teacher ID.
Talbots offers teachers a 15% in-store discount at various times throughout the year and on multiple items.
Apple offers educational discounts on their products for teachers and students.
Bose offers teachers up to a 15% discount on their products, including music systems, surround sound systems, headphones, and solutions for today’s most popular portable music devices.
Dell computers gives various discounts for teachers as well.
Microsoft offers a 10% discount to students, teachers and parents.
Sony offers many discounts: K–12 educators, faculty, students, and parents may receive up to 10% off Sony products through the Student and Faculty Member Store program available at local Sony stores.
HP educators register with HP Home Stores’ Academic Purchase Program, and purchase products with discounts of up to 15%.
Many cell phone providers offer discounts. If you haven’t already, ask your provider if they give teacher discounts for their services and products. Click for information from these providers: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
For Chocolate Lovers
This is an awesome discount.
Hershey’s Store (online, too) offers educators a 20% discount on all items, from clothing to personalized chocolate. Note to all my teacher friends: I would love birthday presents from here!
Even Teachers Wanna Have Fun!
Alamo Draft House offers free movies from August 1–September 1, 2016. All teachers and school staff can get in to a free matinee movie before 6:00 P.M. (Disney movies and special events excluded.) This may be my favorite perk yet.
Sea World of Texas offers a Teacher’s Fun Card for those certified teachers with a Department of Education [DOE] number. This card is valid through December 31, 2016. The Fun Card gives unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Antonio. Teachers can also experience special events such as Wild Days, Seven Seas Food Festival, Summer Nights, Howl-O-Scream, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, and much more!
The National Education Association has a great list of teacher discounts updated this summer! Check them out. My Education Discount offers access to hundreds of businesses giving educators discounts. TotallyTeacher.com is dedicated to finding and sharing the savings for teachers. Visit the WeAreTeachers Facebook page for lots of deals.
As a 16-year veteran homeschool educator, I’m down for a free matinee and some chocolate, and Mama always wants a new pair of shoes!
What’s your favorite educator deal? What didn’t make the list, that should be discounted for our dedicated teachers?