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10 Places to Get Teacher Discount Cards

By Allie Magnuson on May 28, 2014
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

For my last post of the school year, I’d like to share a list of 10 stores that offer discount cards specifically for teachers. These are some of the major retail chains where you can buy supplies, books, games, and crafts for the classroom. For information about other types of teacher discounts, scroll to the bottom of the post. And if I have left off a favorite of yours, please share the wealth in the comments section!

1. Lakeshore Learning: Teacher's Club
2. OfficeMax: MaxPerks for Teachers
3. Office Depot: Star Teachers
4. Staples: Staples Rewards
5. FedEx Office: Academic Edge
6. Barnes & Noble: Educator
7. Books-a-Million: BAM! Educators Card
8. Half-Price Books: Educator’s Discount Card
9. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: Teacher Rewards
10. Michaels: No card — just show your teacher ID

This is a good list to get you started, but I know I haven’t even come close to mentioning all the places that offer discounts for teachers. For instance, I didn’t touch upon businesses that offer educator discounts on non-educational purchases. Such items include cellular service; clothing; restaurant meals; air, rail, and cruise fares; rental cars; hotel reservations; and insurance. In addition, there are probably many local businesses that will give you a discount. Check your local museums, zoos, aquariums, theaters, and amusement parks. If you can’t find an advertised discount somewhere, I suggest you ask before making a purchase. You’d be surprised how many kind employees will give you a discount, even if there isn’t an official one available. Come prepared, however: they may ask to see a teacher ID or payment stub.

Retired teachers, PreK and specialist teachers, parents who homeschool, and college professors often wonder if they are eligible for the same discounts as current K-12 grade teachers. The answer is that it varies, not only by business but also sometimes by individual store. However, I absolutely encourage you to ask — because you’re worth it!

Of course, I can’t forget to include Scholastic. While they don't have an actual teacher discount card (yet), they always have teacher discounts! Head on over to Teacher Express for the amazing end-of-year Dollar Deals. Until May 31, a ton of items from the Scholastic catalog — books, ebooks, smart board lessons, decor, games and manipulatives, CDs, and DVDs — are available at discount prices. The instructional ebooks are heavily discounted at $1.00 each, which means most of them are over 90 percent off!

And don’t forget to come back in August to find out what teachers should look for at garage sales and to learn how to make a budget for your classroom. I’m excited to be coming back to share many more frugal tips with you.

Until then, have a happy summer!





Comments (5)

The disappointing part of the discount cards is that I work for multiple school districts as a substitute teacher and as a in-home tutor. Most places that have an actual physical teacher discount card tell me and have in their policy that substitute teachers and tutors don't qualify. For example you can't apply for a teacher discount card for barnes & noble or Joann's fabric store if you are only a substitute teacher. Joann's told me I would have to show a CTA card which as a substitute I don't have one and some require you to show a school ID and the districts I work for don't even give the substitutes any sort of district ID.

Be aware Office Max and Office Depot have merged into one company. The last time I was at one, I was given a number to call and merge my rewards accounts. Hancock Fabrics also has an educator's discount. Hastings recently created one as well, and teachers can get 25% off there. Be sure you present the discount card to the clerk at the beginning of your transactions at Hastings. They have to put the card in first.

When I was on vacation I went to several stores and to an aquarium/museum in Oregon. I was buying books in their gift shop and was given a rather large discount when I told them I was a teacher. What a nice surprise to get books at such a great discount.
Never hurts to share with others how you help inspire the next generation and teach.

And don't forget Scholastic Warehouse sales. I love them!!!! DIdn't know Fed Ex, Michaels or Jo Ann's had discounts for teachers. Thanks for letting me know.

These are fabulous -- thanks Allie! I wanted to mention that we have an Apple store that also offers teacher's a discount.

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