Along with classroom supplies and other learned goodies like books, numerous teacher discounts are offered nationwide, running the gamut from laptops and software to museum admission and insurance benefits. 12 educators, educational support staff (like paraprofessionals) and college professors.
Also, there are always seasonal promos for educators, like back-to-school sales and Teacher Appreciation Week in early May. Until then, here is a comprehensive list of more than 50 lucrative discounts available for teachers through stores within the NYC area or online.
(Keep in mind, however, that policies may vary by location. Call a company/service ahead if you can before making a purchase to avoid frustration.)
1. The Container Store The organizational aficionados at The Container Store provide various discounts throughout the year when you sign up for the Organized Teacher Program. Register online for a free discount card to use for in-store and online purchases. If you visit a store, be sure to have your school ID.
2. Office Depot The free Office Depot Star Teacher Program grants privileged educators (aka those who sign up) five-percent off qualifying in-store purchases. You also get 15-percent of the price of all copy and print orders placed online or at a brick-and-mortar location.
3. Office Max The popular supply store offers a MaxPerks Rewards program specifically for teachers. Benefits include $10 in rewards for every $75 spent on qualifying purchases, and $2 in rewards for each ink or toner cartridge recycled. Sign-up online to get your membership card.
4. FedEx Office Thanks to the FedEx Office Academic Edge program you’ll receive 15-percent off nearly all products, including brochures, business cards and photos. This discount is available both online and in-store.
5. Staples Register for the Staples Teacher Rewards Program to garner five-percent 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.
6. Joann Fabric The free Teacher Rewards Discount Card entitles educators to 15-percent off all purchases. Home schoolers are also eligible for the card and new members receive a 20-percent off bonus for signing up.
7. Michael’s Receive 15% off your entire purchase every day. See a store associate for details as some exclusions may apply.
8. Party City The more you spend at Party City, the bigger the discount gets. Save between 10 and 20 percent when you bring a signed letter on official letterhead from an officer of the school.
9. Blick Art Materials The art experts at Dick Blick offer teachers a free Preferred Customer Membership. In addition to saving $10 on the price of membership, you also receive 10-percent off in-store purchases.
10. Discount School Supply Discount School Supply doesn’t run a rewards program, but certain purchases are eligible for a teacher discount if you call ahead or ask before finishing an order. The online store trades in a wide variety of supplies, crafts and games for early childhood educators.
11.A.C. Moore A.C. Moore has increased the discount available through their Teacher Discount Program. Teachers can now save 15 percent on both regularly-priced and sale merchandise.
12. Izzit.org Join Izzit.org and receive one free educational DVD per school year. The company specializes in videos for older students, but teachers and homeschoolers of grades K-12 can apply.
13. Raymond Geddes & Company This unique store offers novelty school supplies. Teachers get 15% off any order they place online when you enter the promo code TEACH15 at checkout.
1. Barnes & Noble Through the B&N Educator Program teachers can save 20-percent off the publisher’s list price on purchases for classroom use. During Educator Appreciation Days they offer discounts up to 25 percent.
2. Half Price Books Sign up for a Half Price Books’ Educator’s Discount Card and be rewarded with discounts of 10-percent year-round. This discount is truly all-inclusive, available to teachers, homeschoolers, librarians and even teachers who have been laid-off in the last year.
3. PBS Educators who sign up for the PBS LearningMedia program will receive free access to tens of thousands of videos, games, lesson plans and other educational materials for the classroom.
4. Books-A-Million Certain brick-and-mortar locations grant teachers a 20-percent discount on most purchases just for asking. Call ahead to be sure your local store honors the discount and, if they don’t, see if they offer a compromise.
5. Book Warehouse The perks of flashing that school ID aren’t lost at Book Warehouse. Show your valid school-issued card to join the Educator’s Book Club and get a 15-percent discount on most in-store purchases.
6. MagMall Teachers will receive special pricing on magazine subscriptions ordered through MagMall. Tell them the name of your school and your position there to receive discounts up to 50-percent off.
7. The New York Times Teachers can get one of America’s most popular newspapers delivered to their door at half-price thanks to their special rate for educators. Plus, the first four weeks will cost you just $0.99.
1. Ann Taylor Loft Fashion forward educators are rewarded for their posh style through the Loft Loves Teachers program. Register to get 15-percent off all in-store purchases, plus an introductory discount for new members.
2. The Limited Show a school ID or valid pay stub when you shop at any The Limited location and snag 15-percent off your entire in-store purchase. The offer is good for all items on the racks, walls or tables. In other words, everything.
3. Aerosoles Show your school ID at Aerosoles stores and take 15-percent off any footwear purchase of $39.99 or more.
4. New York and Co. New York and Co. grants any educator with a valid school ID 15-percent off every in-store purchase.
5. J. Crew Visit the local J. Crew, flash your school ID, and be rewarded with 15-percent off designer duds from the dapper dudes. This discount is only available in stores.
6. J. Jill With a valid teacher’s ID, you’ll get 15-percent off full-price, in-store purchases.
7. Banana Republic Banana Republic offers a 15-percent off deal to any teacher with a valid school ID. This deal must be redeemed at their store locations.
1. Apple Store The House of Jobs is surprisingly generous to teachers of all grade levels, offering varying discounts up to $200 on computers and accessories through the Apple Education Store. This offer also includes librarians, home schoolers and university profs.
2. Bose The Bose offer is primo, particularly for those in need of sonic stimulation. Variable discounts are available on all music systems and accessories. Call their Sales Solution Team at 1-800-353-4027 for pricing and to place an order.
3. Dell If your school is affiliated with Dell you can get 2- to 4-percent off the final price of any desktop or laptop, as well as software peripherals. Call Customer Service before paying to apply the discount.
4. Cell Phone Companies (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) This discount varies by provider, but teachers can save loads on a personal cell phone bill, sometimes up to 20 percent a month. Visit your provider’s business or discount portal and input your .edu email address to check if your institution is registered.
5. Adobe Shop direct from the Adobe Education Store and receive discounts on select software, including bundles and suites. Adobe requires proof of employment as an educator before applying the discount.
6. HP Sign up for the HP Academy program to receive exclusive discounts and free shipping on all orders.
7. Lenovo Teachers may receive a discount on their purchase from the computer connoisseurs at Lenovo simply for being, well, themselves. Call Customer Service at 1-866-968-4465 to see what kind of discount they will offer.
8. Sony Discounts on projectors and flat-panel displays vary when you register and buy through the program portal, but most lie in the 5- to 10- percent off range.
9. Software Express The online outlet Software Express grants discounts of up to 85 percent on a host of programs from Adobe, McAfee and Microsoft. Submit copies of your valid school ID and state driver’s license to Customer Service before completing your order.
10. Academic Superstore Academic Superstore is another online software outlet that sells a slew of products for up to 85-percent off. Discounts are available year-round with proof of employment as a teacher.
11. JourneyEd This is yet another site where educators can find huge savings on popular software. After placing your order, confirm your status as a teacher to apply the discount.
MUSEUMS & ZOOS
1. Boston Children’s Museum Despite the name, the Boston Children’s Museum isn’t just for kiddos. New England teachers K-8 can go for free with a valid school ID, available year-round. The museum is at 308 Congress St., just across from the Children’s Wharf Park.
2. Carnegie Science Center The popular Pittsburgh museum offers teachers free general admission once a year. Preschool-12th grade educators from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York and Maryland are eligible.
3. Colonial Williamsburg Take a trip back in time and discover Colonial Williamsburg with the discounted rates on general admission tickets. This offer can only be redeemed at a walk-up ticket window.
4. Museum of Science, Boston Teachers of grades K-12 can register for the free Teacher Partner Program at the Museum of Science to receive a slew of exclusive benefits, including free individual exhibit passes, discounted annual memberships, and 10-percent off at the Museum Store.
5. New England Aquarium Current teachers get 10-percent off purchases at the gift shop and a 10-percent discount on family memberships with a valid school ID. The aquarium is at 1 Central Wharf in Boston.
6. Philadelphia Zoo Bored during summer break? Unlikely, but the Philadelphia Zoo offers teachers free admission on weekdays during the summer months. Register online for the pass, and be sure to bring your teacher ID for each visit.
1. Farmers Insurance Farmers extends additional discounts to teachers, but these special rates vary based on state and prior driving record. For more details, contact a local agent.
2. Liberty Mutual Liberty Mutual extends extra benefits such as a $0 deductible for damage that occurs on school property or during school-related events. Because it’s insurance, rates are dependent on your state and driving record.
1. Marriott Hotels Marriott grants teachers a discount at a slew of hotels across the nation. Whether you book on-line or in-person, show your school ID at check-in to receive the special rate. Rules on this discount are a bit vague — they mention government employees, which would imply only public school employees — but most hotel employees don’t bite. Feel free to ask.
2. Regal Cinemas Regal Cinemas regularly have discount tickets for teachers (and students), good for all show times. Call or visit beforehand, as not every location honors the discount or offers the same price. Like there’s time for a film with all those papers piling up, anyway. Guess that’s why summer exists.
3. National Park Service Show a valid school ID at a slew of National Park Service visitor centers across the nation and receive 15-percent off many purchases. The discount doesn’t apply to park entry fees, camping fees or Smokey the Bear petting zoo fees.