Living on the Cheap has been rounding up great school supply deals, providing tips on how to save on school lunches and dressing for fall without breaking the bank. This is also a great time to remind teachers of special deals and discounts they can get simply by waving their ID badge – and teaching a classroom full of students daily.
Last year, we gave you 10 great deals for teachers that still apply, including discounts at LOFT, J.Crew and Office Depot.
To mark the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, here are five new discounts for teachers.
Karen Kane and other clothing retailers: Online boutique Karen Kane sells perfect “teacher clothes” for women that would also be cute to wear out after work. To get the discount, you need to sign up and prove your affiliation. Unfortunately, many schools aren’t in the system, so you may need to upload an image of your ID badge to add your school and get the discount. If you prefer to shop in person, New York and Company, Aerosoles, CJ Banks, Christopher and Banks, J. Jill and Banana Republic also offer teachers in-store discounts of 10%-20%. Simply flash your school ID at checkout.
Adobe and software packages: There are versions of Adobe that anyone can download for free, but if you want to get fancy with document editing, you need to buy an upgraded version. Adobe sells education packages, which function just like the professional packages, at 20%-60% less than the professional versions. You must prove your affiliation by uploading an image of your ID badge, a pay stub or other proof of employment. ABBYY also offers software discounts for teachers.
Classroom grants: These deals must be used in the classroom, but passionate teachers with big ideas and small budgets will be eager to explore these opportunities. Donors Choose is a popular website on which teachers can present a classroom idea, lay out a budget and watch as big-hearted benefactors give funds to help support the goal. Projects can range from science and math to art and everything in between. Another great site is Pets in the Classroom. Simply fill out an application about your class and school and you’ll find out in three to four weeks if you will receive a grant. Only pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers are able to apply.
New York Times online subscriptions: Teachers get the first four weeks for 99 cents a week and subsequent weeks range from $7.50 to $17.50.
Apple: Teachers are eligible for awesome deals on great products. Some deals may not include deep discounts, but instead offer great rebates to spend in the store on software, which can also be a great way to save. As with the software websites above, there is a special education shop, but the products are the same as those sold in the regular store.