teachin' school

teaching tip 45. use teacher discounts.

it’s that time of the year again!  back to school shopping is in full effect.

up until recently, i didn’t seek out teacher discounts for new school clothes or other items.  my school doesn’t use IDs on a regular basis and i actually lost mine for awhile. so i just put discounts on the back burner. but i kept hearing about more places offering them so i decided to do some research.  if you have a recent paystub, that will work in place of an ID. luckily, i found my ID but now I know that i have the paystub option if i need it. so without further ado… here are the most common and usable teacher discounts i found:

teacher discounts

office supplies

  • the container store  – offers a teacher discount program which gives the member 10% off.
  • dollar tree – it’s not advertised, but at most stores teachers can get 10% off with their school ID.
  • office max – teachers can join MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers and earn a $10 reward for every $75 spent.
  • staples – with the Staples Teacher Rewards Program earn 10% back in rewards on most purchases.
  • office depot – with the Star Teacher Program, get 10% back in rewards on Ink, Toner, Paper, and more. you can even get 1% back on almost everything else and 15% off copy and print orders.
  • mardel – this store has a back to school sale each year at the end of july or early august with a 20% discount on ALL education items.  check their website for the date.  for the 2014 school year, it is august 9th.

craft supplies


  • barnes & noble – with the B&N Educator Program, teachers can save 20% off list price & up to 25% off during Educator Appreciation Days.
  • half price books – apply for a Teacher & Librarian Discount Card and save 10% off their purchase.
  • books-a-million – shop at your local Books-a-Million and receive 20% off for faculty (in store only).


  • ann taylor loft – this is my absolute favorite clothing store for teacher clothes. with a valid ID, get 15% off your purchase.
  • j. crew – show an ID in store or at an outlet locations and save 15% off.
  • banana republic – save 10% when an Employee ID (in store only). 
  • eddie bauer – save 15% off of regularly priced merchandise with valid student ID (in store only).
  • ny & co. If you are looking to update your back to school wardrobe, save 5% with an Employee ID.
  • the limited – you can save 15% when you show your pay stub or teacher ID card (in store only).


  • at&t – provide your ID and save around 15% off your monthly bill.
  • apple store – save 5%-10% when you shop through the apple.com educational store for faculty, staff, and students.
  • hp – receive up to 10% off when you shop through the academic purchase program.
  • sprint – save up to 18% for teachers with a teacher ID card.

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