Teachers are rarely paid what they’re worth. Recognizing that, many businesses offer discounts to educators year-round. Teachers can get a percentage off the regular price when they buy books and decorating supplies for their classroom, work clothes, even travel since they can only vacation during peak and pricey school break periods. Show your school ID badge to get these special deals and discounts.
We’ve compiled a list of discounts for teachers – on electronics, school supplies, clothing, travel, publications and more.
Electronics discounts for teachers
Though Apple isn’t known for great price breaks for the general public, the company does offer varying discounts for teachers, including savings up to $200 on a new Mac and up to $20 on a new iPad.
Lenovo’s Academic Purchase Program helps teachers (and students) find discount laptops and save an extra 5% in addition to current sales and coupons.
The Adobe Education Store offers varying teacher and student discounts. 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. You can enjoy 60% off Adobe Creative Cloud, giving you access to all Adobe apps and products. You must prove your affiliation by using a school-issued email address, or by uploading a photo of your ID card.
Eduporium’s educator discount offers up to a 20% discount on STEM tools in their store, including robotics kits and coding tools.
At Microsoft, students and teachers can get Office 365 Education for free, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more, with a valid school email. You’ll also get 10% off all Surface devices.
Office supply, book and newspaper discounts for teachers
Virtually all office supply stores offer teacher discounts. Staples lets teachers earn 5% back on purchases. When you enroll, you’ll automatically receive a $5 gift reward added to your classroom rewards account.
Pencils.com offers a 10% discount on all orders, with a Pencils.com account.
Barnes & Noble has an Educator Program that gives teachers 20% off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use and up to 25% off list price during Educator Appreciation Days.
Half-Price Books gives teachers 10% off with its Educator’s Discount Card.
Books-A-Million features an Educator Card that offers a 20% discount on all items and free shipping for online purchases.
The Scholastic Teacher Store offers various discounts. Check for current promotions.
Teachers can get a New York Times digital subscription for $1.88 per week. Other options could save you up to 50% off the subscription rate.
Craft and organizing product discounts for teachers
JoAnn’s Teacher Rewards card (sign-up necessary) gives 15% off every purchase.
Michaels also gives 15% off purchases (with some exclusions). Verify your teacher ID through Michaels Rewards to access the deal.
At the Container Store, a teacher discount program is currently in the works to begin sometime in 2021.
Clothing and shoe discounts for teachers
Lots of clothing stores have teacher-discount programs. These are generally only in store, and available by showing proper ID.
Banana Republic gives 15% off full-price merchandise, in-store only.
Loft offers a 15% discount when you show your ID, and other perks when you sign up for their email list.
J.Crew offers teachers (and college students) a 15% online discount. You’ll need to sign up with a school email address.
Hanes, and all Hanes sites including Champion, One Hanes Place, and Just My Size, offer 10% off for teachers every day.
Karen Kane, which sells perfect “teacher clothes” for women that would also be cute to wear after work, offers a 20% discount. You need to sign up and prove your school affiliation.
Teachers can also use your SheerID verification to score 10% off at TOMS.
Madewell offers teachers (and college students) a 15% discount online and in-store when they create a Madewell Insider account and verify their status.
Attraction and travel discounts for teachers
Many museums, zoos and attractions (like the Kennedy Space Center ) offer teacher discounts.
At some venues, like the Art Institute of Chicago, teachers can receive complimentary admission with a valid educator ID.
In Florida, all teachers qualify for a free bronze annual pass to Crayola Experience. You must present a current teaching certificate and a photo ID at the admissions counter to receive the offer. School badges are not valid unless it specifically notes teacher on the badge.
In New York, the Theater Development Fund (TDF), offers deeply discounted theater tickets for teachers.
Vacations to Go offers special teacher discounts on select cruise sailings.
SeaWorld® Orlando offers the Florida Teacher Card to all active and certified K-12 Florida grade school teachers. It is valid for unlimited admission to the park through August 31, 2021.
Legoland gives one year of free admission with a Florida Teacher Pass, as well as entrance into Madame Tussaud’s Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando.
Other teacher discounts and grants
A number of insurance companies give discounts to teachers. Plymouth Rock, for example, which has discounts for New Jersey teachers, also gives Tow-N-Go roadside assistance, School Zone Zero Deductibles and other benefits. Check the carriers in your state to see what discounts/benefits may be available.
Liberty Mutual Insurance is another insurance company offering discounts for approved business and professional groups, including teachers.
Budget Truck Rental offers teachers 20% off on local moves and 15% off on one-way moves with the discount code TEACH.
General Motors has a new car educator discount that can be combined with other eligible lease offers on select GM vehicles for an even better deal.
23andMe has an education discount that gives $20 – $100 off select DNA kits.
Passionate teachers with big ideas and small budgets should explore Donors Choose. This website allows teachers to 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.
TeacherLists.com is another site that allow teachers to post a wish list of supplies they need for their classrooms. Parents or other donors can pledge to donate right online.
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.
PTA Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 3 and ends May 7, 2021. May 4 is Teacher Appreciation Day in 2021, and many local restaurants and businesses offer special deals for local teachers. Check out our affiliate network for deals in your area.
If you are a teacher (or have a teacher in your family) and you have school-age children, you can find some great FREE teaching aids at websites where teachers post/share/sell teaching materials. You will find teaching tips you can use at home, material that can supplement textbooks, picture books that teach simple lessons (like getting ready for kindergarten) and more.
On Teachers Pay Teachers, you’ll find more than 50,000 FREE items and about 300,000 for sale, many for just a couple of dollars.
On Share My Lesson, which is run by the American Federation of Teachers, there are more than 250,000 FREE resources, including teaching games for Halloween and other holidays.
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