The start of the school year rapidly approaching- if it hasn’t already started- leaving many teachers, parents and students with anxiety over the start of the school year. How will this school year go? Will I make any new friends this year? How can I get my teachers to like me? And the dreaded… How much are these back to school supplies going to cost me? As a teacher, you want your students to have all the supplies necessary to have a productive and successful school year, and with dwindling school budgets for supplies, that often leaves the teacher holding the bag when it comes to paying for supplies for their own classrooms.
According to a recent study from SheerID and Agile Education Marketing, on average, teachers spend around $490 of their own money on back to school supplies. The report also reveals that the majority of teachers spend more out of pocket money than they receive from their school or school district.
To help our teachers start the school year off on the right foot and keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket, we have complied a list of retailers and companies who offer teacher discounts. Check out these back to school and year round deals for teachers list below. (Please be sure to visit the retailers or companies website to ensure that the discount is still valid.)
15% off footwear items priced $39.99 or higher. Present your teacher ID or pay-stub in a store
Shop the Apple Store for Education, save up to $200 on a new Mac, and up to $20 on a new iPad. Education pricing is available to college students, students accepted to college, parents buying for college students, faculty, home school teachers and staff at all grade levels.
Banana Republic offers 15% off for teachers and students on full priced purchases. Offer valid at Banana Republic stores in the U.S. and Canada only. Must present valid student or teacher I.D. to redeem discount.
With the B&N Educator Program, save 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use. Get up to 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days. Receive valuable email offers and information on special educator events.
The Container Store
The store offers educators special discounts throughout the year. You will need to complete an online form to get your first offer, redeemable in-store, online or by phone.
FedEx Office offers teachers, professors, faculty and staff members 15 percent off on most products and services at participating locations nationwide. To receive your discount, simply present your discount card when making a purchase in-store or online and the discount will automatically be applied.
Half Price Books
Half Price Books supports educators, school teachers and librarians in the community with an Educator's Discount Card to save 10 percent all year round.
Hobby Lobby gives a special 10 percent discount on merchandise sold to churches, schools and national charitable organizations when they purchase items with an organizational check or credit card.
J. Crew offers a 15 percent discount to all teachers and college students when they shop with us in our stores and show a valid school ID at checkout. The offer is valid at J.Crew and J.Crew Factory stores only.
The Loft Loves Teachers Program offers 15 percent off purchases every day, special discounts and teacher appreciation nights.
Madewell offers all teachers and college students a 15 percent discount when they shop at Madewell stores and show a valid school ID at checkout.
Microsoft Office 365
If your school provides Office at work, you and your students could be eligible to get Microsoft Office 365 Education for free! Find out if you're eligible on the Microsoft Office 365 website.
Office Depot Rewards program offers 10 percent in rewards points on select purchases. Members also have exclusive access to special events and sales throughout the year.
Know of a national teacher discount that wasn’t listed above? Be sure to leave a comment with the retailer in the section below so we can all start saving money.
In addition to helping you save money on your back to school supplies, we at Learners Edge have compiled a Back to School Tips paper to help ease the back to school transition for teachers and students. Be sure to check it out and get your school year started off on the right foot!