During back-to-school sales, most attention is paid to students. Yet, the most important part of the school-season equation is often overlooked: teachers.
Like students, teachers want to save money on back-to-school supplies. Whether it's materials for their classroom or fresh additions to their wardrobe, educators can take advantage of savings even if sales pitches aren't directed at them. Gift Card Granny has compiled this extensive list of 66 teacher discounts, 10 of which are detailed below.
1. Office Depot
When you sign up for the Star Teacher Program, you'll receive 10-percent back in rewards on ink, toner and paper purchases from Office Depot. Additionally, you can save 15 percent on copy and print services when you order online or in-store.
2. The Container Store
Get organized for less by registering for the Organized Teacher Program at The Container Store. You'll score 15-percent off all items online and in-store. Be sure you have your school ID when visiting brick-and-mortar locations.
3. Barnes & Noble
The Barnes & Noble NOOK has recently dropped in price, making the popular e-reader a good buy for everyone. Teachers can also save 20-percent off the publisher's list price on purchases for classroom use through the B&N Educator Program. And don't forget about Educator Appreciation Days with discounts up to 25 percent.
Look sophisticated for less with the LOFT Loves Teachers program. Membership will afford you 15-percent off all in-store, full-price purchases. As a new member you'll also receive an introductory discount, plus you'll enjoy other perks including exclusive sweepstakes for teachers and seasonal style guides.
5. The Limited
Get 15-percent off everything at The Limited stores when you show your school ID or valid paystub. You can save an additional 25 percent when you purchase a discount gift card to The Limited from GiftCardGranny.com.
Receive exclusive discounts when you sign up for the HP Academy program, including a one-time "welcome" coupon for first-time members. According to the website, you can combine the discounts you receive with most instant rebates, sale prices and mail-in-rebates for additional savings.
Though this one is state-specific, it's too good not to mention. Current K-12 teachers in Florida can get unlimited free admission to SeaWorld Orlando through Dec. 31, 2012 with the Teacher Study Pass. Bring your Florida teaching certificate, a paystub within the last 30 days and a valid photo ID to redeem.
8. JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores
Enjoy 15-percent off most purchases at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores with their free Teacher Rewards discount card. Home-school educators and early-childhood professionals are eligible for this card as well. New members will receive a 20-percent discount upon registration.
Show your school ID at checkout and receive 15-percent off your full-price purchase at J.Crew stores. Some exclusions may apply, so call ahead to make sure your coveted garment is eligible.
Earn 10-percent back in Staples Rewards when you purchase ink, toner and paper. You can also earn these rewards when you use their copy and print services. Even better, you can recycle old ink cartridges and get $2 back in Staples Rewards for extra earning.
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