I (Laura) used to be a high school English teacher, and one of my favorite things about the job (besides teaching the kids, of course) was that I was able to get discounts in many locations just by showing my school ID.
Here’s a list of educator discounts that I know of or that readers have told us about. Many of these discounts are also available to homeschool teachers and anyone with a school ID (it doesn’t hurt to ask!). Please leave more that you know of in the comments so that we can keep this list up-to-date.
Aerosoles. Get 15% off footwear items priced $39.99 or higher when you show your school ID or a paystub at an Aerosoles shoes store. You can also call 800.798.9478 to place your order.
AMC Theaters. Teachers can get movie tickets for $6.50 each after the second weekend of a film’s release. You may need to purchase the tickets at your district office.
Ann Taylor LOFT. Join LOFT Loves Teachers to get 15% off all full-price in-store purchases, plus enjoy in-store teacher appreciation nights.
Apple Store. Get online discounts on computers, software, and select third party products. These discounts are also available to college students.
Ax-Man Surplus Stores (MN). This surplus store with all sorts of interesting gadgets and hardware has an educator’s discount. No details are available online, but you can expect to save anywhere from 10-15%.
Barnes & Noble. This bookstore has an educator program you can sign up for to get 20% off all purchases for classroom use and special values during Educator Appreciation Days.
Cell Phone Services. Many providers offer discounts to government employees, so ask your provider for special programs. I actually switched to Sprint when I became a student teacher because of the educator discount.
Dunn Bros Coffee. Get 15% off at Dunn Bros when you show your teacher badge. (Note: I couldn’t find any information about this online, but it’s reportedly been given at more than one location.)
The Franklin Institute (PA). In-service teachers from schools in PA, NJ, DE, NY, and MD may show identification at the box office to receive a free individual same-day Museum ticket.
Guthrie Theater (MN). Get season tickets for a fraction of the regular cost. You may have to go to Tuesday night shows, but it’s not limited to preview shows. Contact the Guthrie Theater box office for more information. (Note: I couldn’t find any information about this online, so it’s possible this may no longer be available.)
Half Price Books. Save 10% on all purchases with a Teacher & Librarian discount card.
Hancock Fabrics. Present your Red Apple Card at any Hancock Fabrics store to receive a 10% discount.
Hotels. Many hotels allow you to show your public school teacher ID to receive the “government rate,” even if your travel isn’t work related.
International Teacher Identity Card. This card costs $22 a year, but this price gives you discounts around the world for travel, purchases, and services for teachers, including 10% off at Target.com, 11% off all flights of JetBlue Airways, and more.
J. Crew. Get 15% off all items when you show your school ID (college students can also get this discount).
JoAnn Fabrics. Sign up for the Teacher Rewards Program to save 15% on purchase made in-store and online. Plus, get a bonus coupon for 20% off one purchase when you enroll or re-enroll in the program.
Klein Bank in Chaska (MN). – A reader told us that her bank offers special discounts for teachers. Other banks might have discounts, too, so ask at yours to see if there’s anything available.
Lakeshore Learning. Ask at the store to join their Teacher’s Club and save 15% on classroom items. You can also get free printable resources to support classroom instruction off of their website each month.
The Limited. Save 15% at The Limited when you show your school ID or a recent paystub.
Michaels. Get 15% off your entire purchase every day at Michaels; see a store associate for details.
Minnesota Historical Society (MN). Several resources are available for teachers, including free teacher preview events of new exhibits and teacher workshops that allow you to earn graduate credit with Hamline University (these teacher workshops are not free, but subsidies are available).
Minnesota Zoo (MN) . Get $2 off regular admission, $1 off student/senior admission, and $1 off IMAX admission. You’ll need to get your coupons from your district office.
New York & Company. Sign up for their program to get 15% off any in-store purchases and 20% off your first purchase.
Office Depot. Get 10% back in rewards on ink, toner, and paper, plus 1% back on almost everything else through the Star Teacher Program.
Office Max. Join the OfficeMax MaxPerks Rewards for Teachers program to earn a $10 reward for every $75 you spend on qualified purchases. They also have several items available each week that are free or close-to-free after MaxPerks Rewards.
The Red Balloon Bookshop (MN). All current teachers, licensed day care providers and home schoolers get a 20% discount on all purchases when you bring in proper identification.
Scholastic. You can attend periodic Scholastic warehouse book fairs nationwide if you are a school or district employee or a book fair chairperson or volunteer.
Science Museum of Minnesota (MN). Get free admission with your employee badge (I’m not sure if this is available anymore) and/or apply for the Educator Club to get a discounted household membership for the year.
Staples. Teachers can sign up for the Staples Rewards program to get all of the regular Rewards benefits, plus extra discounts on teaching and art supplies.
Valleyfair. Ask at your district office to see if you can buy Valleyfair tickets at a discount.
In addition to these deals, you should also check with your school district office to see if they have any discounted tickets available or know of additional ways for you to get discounts. Remember, it never hurts to ask if there’s an educator discount – the worst they can say is no!
Your turn: What other educator discounts do you know of? Please leave them in the comments or email me at laura @ pocketyourdollars.com (remove spaces).