There are few more formative, supportive, creative, and direct influences in our lives than teachers.
For anyone who has sat behind a desk in a classroom, we are forever indebted to our educators and thankful for their often thankless efforts. There is little that we can actually do to say “thank you” to most of them now, other than to utilize the skills they aided in cultivating to the best of our ability as a sort of tribute to their success as an educator. That, or, you know, just outright say “thank you” to them.
So that’s exactly what we here at Brad’s Deals decided to do. We want to say thank you to all the teachers and educators we've had, have, or will have in our lives in the best way we know: by helping teachers save on back-to-school supplies and learning materials. We realize that, though it may be the most noble profession of all, rarely does teaching come with adequate financial compensation. Even then, those educators who are most dedicated to their occupation often spend money hand over fist in order to provide the best possible materials and learning space for their students that they can.
Not all educators are aware of the IRS’ Educator Expense Deduction, which allows for teachers of grades K-12 (as well as those that “work at least 900 hours a school year in a school that provides elementary or secondary education”) to deduct up to $250 in unreimbursed school supply and classroom expenses on their tax returns.
Even after a potential tax deduction of $250, teachers deserve to save even more. In order to facilitate this and alleviate some of the fiscal burden that providing for your students can be, we've compiled a list of 25 retailers with teacher and educator specific discounts and deals devoted to helping you save more money when it comes time to furnish your classrooms.
From school supplies to teaching aids and instructional materials, we hope these discounts can begin to come close to paying our teachers back for all the good you've done and continue to do.
And to Mrs. McMullen, my junior high math teacher: I'm really sorry for all the times you had to remind me to spit out my gum and tuck in my shirt.
Also, be sure to check out regularly updated blog post, Teacher Discounts: 90+ Stores Offering Discounts For Teachers & Educators, for more discounts, deals, and savings!
- Academic Superstore: Discounted classroom supplies. See our Academic Superstore Coupons page for other savings.
- Creative Teaching Press: Sales on various teaching aids.
- Discount School Supply: Discounted classroom supplies. See our Discount School Supply Coupons page for other savings.
- ETA/Cuisenaire: Outlet Store – up to 75% discount on classroom supplies.
- Software Express: Discounts of up to 75% from a variety of publishers, requires a teacher ID and email from the principal.
- Teachers’ Discount: Discounted classroom supplies.
- Barnes & Noble: B&N Educator Program: 20% off list price & up to 25% off during Educator Appreciation Days. See our Barnes & Noble Coupons page for other savings.
- Teacher eBooks Now: Features a “deal of the day,” discounted downloadable e-books.
- The Teacher Store at Scholastic.com: Up to 50% off deals and sales.
- TeacherStorehouse.com: Gain credits toward future purchases, get 2% of all purchases made by people you refer to the site.
- ThinkEDU: Teacher discounts on software, hardware, textbooks, Apple products, & more.
- The Container Store: Organized Teacher Discount Program: 10% off. See our Container Store Coupons page for other savings.
- Crayola: Gold Star Teacher program: Discounts from CrayolaStore.com & opportunities to test/provide feedback on new products & lesson plans. See our Crayola Coupons page for other savings.
- FedEx Office: National Educators Discount Program: 15% off.
- Lakeshore Learning: Teacher’s Club Members can save 15% and monthly specials.
- Michael’s: 15% off with school ID.
- Office Depot: Star Teacher Program: 10% back in rewards on ink, toner, & paper; 1% back on almost everything else; 15% off copy & print orders. See our Office Depot Coupons page for other savings.
- Office Max: MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers: $10 reward for every $75 spent. See our Office Max Coupons page for other savings.
- Staples: Teacher Rewards Program: 10% back in rewards on most purchases. See our Staples Coupons page for other savings.
- Adobe: Heavy Discounts (25-75% off retail) via Adobe Teacher & Student Store. See our Adobe Coupons page for other savings.
- Apple Store: 5-10% via Apple.com’s Edu Store for Faculty, Staff, Students. See our Apple Store Coupons page for other savings.
- Gradware: Discounts vary, good for student or teachers, just online.
- JourneyEd.com: Faculty pricing – varies by school.
- Pets in the Classroom: Teachers of pre-K-8th grade students in both public and private schools can apply for a hassle free grant that will refund them the costs of having a small classroom pet (Up to $150).
- PETCO: Free aquarium for select teachers with application (PETCO only gives this aquarium to a set number of teachers each year).
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