For most homeschoolers, there are no financial perks – no tax breaks, no tax credits, nothing to help with the cost of educating our families. There is a small perk, though, that I hope every one of you are aware of – teacher discounts. If you don’t know about them, keep reading.
Many businesses, local and/or national, offer discounts to teachers. And most of those companies consider homeschooler, appropriately, teachers or educators. Most of what I know of are national chains. I’m going to share them with you. My friends over at the Review Crew also helped me by brainstorming a few that we don’t have in this area of the country. So, without further ado, here are the teacher discounts that I use or have been told about.
- Barnes & Noble – Their benefit is listed as “20% off the list price of most hardcover and paperback books, toys, and games, for use in the classroom, unless otherwise noted. Periodic special promotions.” I asked at the desk about it and the customer service member helped me. I have used this one a lot.
- Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts – Their discount is listed on the website as “15% off every purchase, every day.” I know there are exclusions to this so be sure you know what to expect with them. This is another one I use a lot. I enjoy sewing and crafts and so do all three of the giggly girls.
- Michael’s – This is listed as a “15% off entire purchase everyday.” I imagine there are some exclusions to this but I don’t know for sure. I don’t go into our Michael’s all that much, honestly. I always buy too much when I do, though.
- Hancock Fabrics – Hancock’s is pretty new here so I don’t know all the ins and outs of getting on their educator discount program. I understand they have one called the Red Apple Card that you have to get at the store. I haven’t found a link online for it at all.
- Half-Price Books – There is a link on their site to apply for an Educator’s Discount Card. This will allow you a 10% discount year-round, according to their site.
- Staples – There is a benefit to signing up as a teacher with the Staples Rewards Program. This is not one I am a member of (we don’t have a Staples here) so I don’t really understand it all. There is a link in the middle of the page I have linked for the Teacher Rewards Program.
- Hobby Lobby – I have heard they have an educator’s discount but cannot locate it online. I will certainly be checking into this next time I go in. It may be a store by store decision to offer it.
- A.C. Moore – This is another I didn’t know about until I asked some blogging friends. We don’t have an A.C. Moore. However, according to the graphic on their website, they offer teachers a 15% discount off regular AND sale prices. Pretty impressive!
- Ollie’s Bargain Outlet – Again, I don’t know this store but it sounds pretty neat. There are stores in AL, GA, TN, KY, SC, NC, VA, OH, WV, IN, MD, MI, PA, DE, NY, and NJ, from what I could tell. Evidently, one a store-by-store and event-by-event basis, they offer discounts to educators. If you have one nearby, check it out.
- Apple – Can’t forget this big one. There are educator discounts available for Apple purchases. There are also classes offered in their stores if you are lucky enough to live nearby.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but every time I see a list like this, there is at least one store on it that I didn’t know had an educator discount. So I wanted to share. Every little bit saved is a big help in the long run.
Do you know of any other stores or companies that offer discounts? If so, please leave a note in the comments. We’d love to find every bargain available.
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