Teacher discounts don’t often receive the same hype and attention as those for students. But be confident, oft-neglected educators of the world — businesses haven’t forgotten you.
Along with classroom supplies and other learned goodies like books, numerous teacher discounts are offered nationwide, running the gamut from laptops and Photoshop to museum entry and wedding favors. Yes, wedding favors.
While eligibility changes based on where you purchase, most offers are redeemable by kindergarten teachers and college professors alike. Also remember seasonal promos, particularly back-to-school sales and Teacher Appreciation Week in early May. Merchants without regular promotions often roll out limited-time offers.
To add much-needed oomph to your spending, Gift Card Granny compiled a top-notch list of the 66 most lucrative year-round discounts for teachers. Keep in mind, however, that policies vary greatly by location. Some give a different percentage off, others shift education discounts over time, still others simply don’t honor deals. Call ahead before making a purchase to avoid frustration.
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ARTS, CRAFTS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES
- The Container Store The organizational aficionados at The Container Store provide a 15 percent discount on all items through 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.
- Office Depot The free Office Depot Star Teacher Program grants privileged educators (aka those who sign up) 10-percent back in rewards points on ink, toner and paper purchases. You also get 15-percent of the price of all copy and print orders placed online or at a brick-and-mortar location.
- Fedex Office Just for being a schoolmarm, the handy print mavens at Fedex Office give you 15-percent off nearly all products, including brochures, business cards and photos. Call ahead to be sure your intended purchase qualifies for the discount. Nothing like being left high and dry when grades are on the line.
- Staples Register for the Staples Teacher Rewards Program to garner 10-percent back in rewards points. The program covers a slew of products, from ink and paper to teaching and art supplies.
- Ben Franklin Crafts Tuesday is the new Friday at Ben Franklin crafts, an online craft store with kiosks in supermarkets and local pharmacies across the nation. Shop on Tuesday and take 10-percent off all purchases. Be sure to have you school ID on hand.
- 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.
- Hancock Fabric Flash your valid school ID at most Hancock Fabric retail locations and be rewarded with a discount of 15 percent on all purchases.
- Michael’s Receive 15% off your entire purchase every day. See a store associate for details as some exclusions may apply.
- 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.
- A.C. Moore The A.C. Moore Teacher Discount Program grants educators a discount card for in-store purchases, including home schoolers. Mail a copy showing proof of your status to A.C. Moore to sign up. For a mailing address and acceptable forms of ID, visit the A.C. Moore FAQs page under “Discounts.”
- Izzit.org Teachers are human, too, meaning just like every human they were born on a particular day. Join Izzit.org and receive one free educational DVD on your birthday. The company specializes in videos for older students, so only teachers of grades 6-12 can apply.
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BOOKS & MEDIA
- 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 recieve discounts up to 25-percent.
- Half Price Books Sign up for a Half Price Books’ Teacher and Librarian card and be rewarded with discounts of 10-percent year-round. Visit any Half Price Books location and show your school ID for the free card. As per usual, the card is only valid for in-store purchases.
- ShopPBS ShopPBS is one of the few book and media outlets to offer an online discount to teachers. Register for the PBS Teachers Program to take 10-percent off your first purchase through the store.
- 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.
- Book Warehouse The perks of flashing that school ID aren’t lost at Book Warehouse. Show your valid school-issued card for a 15-percent discount on most in-store purchases.
- Churchill’s Photography Teachers are lovers, too, and just as most lovers do, they strive to get married. They especially strive to save money doing so. Teachers in Florida will receive 15-percent off wedding packages from the Palm Beach studio Churchill’s Photography. All other photo services earn a 10-percent discount.
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- 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.
- 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 order. The offer is good for all items on the racks, walls or tables. In other words, everything.
- Aerosoles Are you a member of the National Education Association? If so, show proof of your membership at any Aerosoles store and take 15-percent off any purchase from the apparel and footwear mavens. Aerosoles has locations in 16 states on both coasts and in between.
- New York and Co. New York and Co. grants any educator with a valid school ID 15-percent off every purchase at participating locations, keyword participating. Call ahead to be sure your favorite store honors the offer.
- J. Crew Visit the local J. Crew, flash your school ID, and be rewarded with 15-percent off designer duds from the dapper dudes.
- Banana Republic Banana Republic offers a 10-percent off deal to any teacher with a valid school ID. Another caveat fiend, it’s only good at participating locations. Call before you shop.
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ELECTRONICS & SOFTWARE
- Apple Store The House of Jobs is surprisingly generous to teachers, offering 5-percent off all in-store purchases with proof of employments as an educator. This includes librarians, home schoolers and university profs.
- 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 the Customer Focused Development Team at 1-800-353-4027 for pricing and to place an order.
- Dell Buy direct from the Dell online store and get 2- to 4-percent off the final price of any desktop or laptop, as well as software a peripherals. Call Customer Service at 1-800-999-3355 before paying to apply the discount.
- Cell Phone Companies (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) This discount is a tad tricky to redeem but 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 e-mail address to check if your institution is registered. Example: Search “Verizon business discount” in a search engine and click on the first result to register or check an existing discount.
- 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.
- HP Sign up for the HP Academy program to receive exclusive discounts and get a one-time “welcome” coupon for first-time members.
- Lenovo Teachers earn 5-percent off any purchase from the computer connoisseurs at Lenovo simply for being, well, themselves. Call Customer Service at 1-866-968-4465 to apply the discount.
- Sony Sony keeps a well-trained cornea on teachers through its aptly-named Eye on Education Program. 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.
- Software Express The online outlet Software Express grants discounts of up to 75 percent on a host of programs, including Adobe, McAfee and Symantec. Submit copies of your valid school ID and state driver’s license to Customer Service before completing your order.
- 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.
- Gradware Gradware is the final in a gang of three software repositories and — surprise, surprise — its offer is similar to its brethren. Send Customer Service a copy of your valid school ID to be eligible for a variety of discounts.
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- Pizza Hut Feed your pizza monster for cheap when you dine at any Pizza Hut location. Show your school ID for discounts of 10- to 20-percent off any meal.
- Starbucks Deals at the world’s most iconic coffee shop vary widely by location and the baristas working. However, they’ve been known to give discounts on request. Build a healthy rapport to up your chances.
- Charm City Cakes The darlings of Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” program don’t advertise a particular discount, but they’ve been known to give educators a price break. The bakery’s creations are available to clients within a 4-hour driving distance of downtown Baltimore.
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- Room Store Furniture Let your school ID loose for 10-percent off all furniture and accessory purchases at all Room Store Furniture retail locations. The business has showrooms in eight states, primarily strewn across the southeast.
- Cost Plus World Market Educators in San Francisco and Oakland can snag a 10-percent discount year-round on all items. Other locations may honor the award, but give them a ring to be sure or do some gentle convincing.
- Life’s Little Favors Remember the aforementioned wedding favors? Well, buy to your hearts content from the online favor boutique and take 10-percent off with a valid school ID. Call Customer Service at 1-800-406-9985 beforehand for verification instructions.
HOTELS & ATTRACTIONS
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Teachers are eligible for a variety of discounted rates at the Swan and Dolphin hotel, located securely in the center of Walt Disney World in Orlando. Availability also varies based on season and demand. Mention you’re an educator when booking.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sea World Orlando Register for the Teacher Study Passes program, an exclusive for K-12 teachers in Florida, and get unlimited free admission. Bring a copy of your Florida teaching certificate, a current pay stub and photo ID to the Sea World Orlando front gate to obtain a new pass or renew an old one.
- 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 any purchase. The discount doesn’t apply to park entry fees, camping fees or Smoky the Bear petting zoo fees.
- Kennedy Space Center Florida treats its teachers well and occasionally lets folks from Georgia in on the fun. Registered educators from both states are eligible for a free, full-fledged Educator Study Pass. Show a valid teaching certificate and recent pay stub to any ticket agent for an annual pass.
- Origins Game Fair Plan on visiting the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio from June 22 to 26 this year? Sneak ticket agents a peek of your school ID or teaching certification for a free convention badge, good for one day of entry.
- Forever Young MedSpa Banish evil skin to dermal limbo at Forever Young MedSpa in Cooper City, Fla. All Florida-based teachers get 20-percent off any service, including laser hair removal, botox injections and other non-invasive skincare services.
- Gatorland Yep, Florida again. Teachers with a valid school ID snag free admission from September to October at the 110-acre alligator farm in Orlando.
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MUSEUMS & ZOOS
- Abbe Museum in Maine Teachers with a valid school ID for grades K-12 receive 10-percent off books from the gift shop at this museum dedicated to Wabanaki Native Americans. The offer is good at both the Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park locations.
- Art Institute of Chicago Teachers at any level are entitled to free admission with a valid school ID. The Institute’s extensive museum is at 111 S. Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago.
- Boston Children’s Museum Despite the name, the Boston Children’s Museum isn’t just for kiddos. See for yourself 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.
- Dallas Museum of Art Teachers are eligible for discounted single-day tickets, as well as annual memberships by calling the Members Services Desk at 214-922-1247. Inform them of your status for rates and purchasing info. The museum is at 1717 N. Harwood in downtown Dallas.
- The Field Museum of Chicago Educators need only present a valid school ID for free admission at The Field Museum in Chicago, dedicated to all things historic and otherwise dug up. The museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, only steps from Lake Michigan.
- Florida Aquarium All Florida teachers receive one free ticket with proof of employment, including a current payroll code and pay stub. The aquarium is at 701 Channelside Drive in the Channel District of Tampa Bay.
- Gulf Breeze Zoo in Florida Show your school ID at the ticket office to garner one free admission. Rules don’t specify if the offer is available to all teachers or only those from Florida, so call beforehand if planning a vacation visit. The zoo is located in Pensacola at 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway.
- Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Missouri Teachers enjoy a free visit at the birthplace of Missouri’s wittiest state treasure when visiting with a school group of 20 or more. The museum is at 120 N. Main in Hannibal.
- Mote Aquarium in Florida Teachers will receive one free ticket with any recent pay stub. Present your stub at the admissions desk before purchasing a pass. The aquarium is perched on a lush peninsula at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota.
- 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. The museum is located at 1 Science Park just off Monsignor O’Brien Highway.
- 60. 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.
- Orlando Museum of Art Florida educators can receive a discounted annual pass by contacting the museum box office at 407-896-4231. The museum is at 2416 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando, near Lake Estelle.
- John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art Present a valid school ID at the box office to snag a discounted day pass at the estate-turned-gallery in Sarasota, Fla. The museum, named for John Ringling of Ringling Bros. circus fame, is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road.
- Science Museum of Minnesota Minnesota teachers can apply for a $60 annual household membership, $35 off the normal price and good for all family members. Present a valid school ID and current pay stub at the box office when purchasing. The museum is at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. in St. Paul.
- Shedd Aquarium in Chicago Teachers are eligible for one free general admission ticket with a valid school ID. Present ID before purchasing at any box office window. The aquarium is at 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive in the same complex at The Filed Museum.
- South Florida Museum Teachers will garner free admission with a valid school ID at this regionally-flavored marine life and history museum. The building is at 201 W. 10th St. in Bradenton, under 50 miles from Tampa.
- The Tech Museum in California All California teachers can earn a free annual membership with a current California teaching license. Present a copy at the box office before purchasing. The home of “Body Worlds 2” and numerous Silicon Valley-inspired exhibits is at 201 Market St. in San Jose.