Discounts for students and teachers can be easily forgotten, especially during the summer months.
If you’re looking for a good deal, check out these businesses that offer bargains to those with education IDs.
Amazon.com: By joining Amazon Student, students can receive six months of free two-day shipping, plus other special offers via email. You can also get free release-date delivery on video games, DVDs, books and more.
Ann Taylor: Students can receive 20 percent off full-price, in-store purchases by showing a valid student ID.
Ann Taylor Loft: Teachers can register online at Loft.com for multiple benefits. Show a valid teacher ID in stores to receive 15 percent off full-price purchases, plus get exclusive sweepstakes for teachers, access to grant money, seasonal style guides and teacher appreciation nights for you and your colleagues.
Banana Republic: Teachers and students with a valid school ID will receive 15 percent off full-price, in-store purchases.
Charlotte Russe: Students with a valid school ID can receive 10 percent off in the store at checkout.
Eddie Bauer: Teachers receive 10 percent off in-store purchases by showing a valid ID.
J. Crew: College students and teachers can receive 15 percent off full-price, in-store purchases with a valid ID. Some exclusions apply.
New York & Company: Show a school ID, pay stub or business card when checking out and teachers will receive 15 percent off in-store purchases. After signing up, teachers will also receive an additional 20 percent off coupon, and other special offers will be sent via email.
Sally Beauty: Beauty students can present their school ID to become a Beauty School Savings member. Members receive in-store discounts, monthly specials and scholarship assistance.
The Limited: Students and teachers with valid school ID can receive 15 percent off full-price, in-store purchases.
Allstate: Full-time students can save up to 20 percent for good grades. Also, parents with a child in school at least 100 miles away can get up to 30 percent off their premium.
Farmers Insurance: Full-time students ages 16 to 25 who are ranked in the top 20 percent of their class, have a GPA of a “B”/3.0 or higher, or are included on the Dean’s List or Honor Roll can earn the Farmers Good Student Discount for auto insurance. Savings vary.
Geico: Full-time students ages 16 to 25 can receive up to 15 percent off coverage for maintaining a “B” average.
State Farm: Full-time students ages 16 to 25 who are ranked in the top 20 percent of their class, have a GPA of a “B”/3.0 or higher, or are included on the Dean’s List or Honor Roll can earn the Good Student Discount for auto insurance. Savings vary.
Books, crafts & office
A.C. Moore: Teachers can present an A.C. Moore Rewards Card (free at www.acmoorerewards.com) along with a teacher union card, state-issued teaching certificate, home school affidavit or IHIP approval letter from a school district or a state home schooling certificate or state-issued preschool/daycare facility certificate/license for 10 percent off in-store purchases.
Apple Online Store for Education: Locate an authorized Apple Campus Store or shop online and receive special student and educator discounts. Mac computers, Apple software and select accessories can all be bought at special prices. Visit http://store.apple.com/us/browse/campaigns/education_pricing for more information.
Barnes & Noble: Teachers and home educators can receive 20 percent off purchases for classroom use, plus 25 percent off during Educator Appreciation Days. Educators will also receive email offers throughout the year and information on special events. Teachers must register for this program in stores, but the discount can be used online and in stores.
Books-A-Million: Participating locations (including the Roanoke store) offer teachers with valid ID a discount of 20 percent off in-store purchases.
The Container Store: Teachers can sign up at www.containerstore.com/teachers/index.htm to earn special discounts in store, online or by phone through December 2012.
FedEx Office: Sign up at https://psg.kinkos.com/educator/ and school teachers, faculty and staff can receive 15 percent off most products and services by presenting their discount card. This discount can be used in the store or online, and there’s no limit to the savings that can be accrued each year. Educators will also receive special offers via email once they become members.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores: Teachers and home educators can receive 15 percent off every purchase, plus get a bonus coupon for 20 percent off any one total purchase when they enroll or re-enroll in the program. Purchases of remnants, patterns and gift cards are excluded. Apply online at www.joann.com/teacherrewards or in stores to receive a discount card.
Michaels: Teachers can receive 15 percent off each in-store purchase by showing their school ID. Some exclusions apply.
Office Max: The MaxPerks Rewards for teachers includes a $10 reward every time $75 is spent on qualified purchases (up to $100 in rewards per year). Sign up in stores, by calling 866-MAX-PERKS or by going online at https://www.officemaxperks.com/LearnMoreTeachers.aspx.
Amtrak: Students going on college visits can get 50 percent off a companion ticket after purchasing one full-price ticket by using the Campus Visit Discount. Some blackout dates apply and students must travel with a parent or guardian. Visit www.campusvisit.com/amtrak/ to sign up.
AT&T: Employees of K-12 school districts can receive up to 17 percent off select wireless services, discounts on select phones, $25 off online orders, free shipping and more. Go to www.att.com and search “teacher appreciation” for more details.
The New York Times: Students who choose to have the paper delivered will receive a discount from the newsstand price. Discounts vary based on the plan chosen.
Various other movie theaters, restaurants and other businesses also offer student and teacher discounts based on their location. Many software and computer companies (like Dell and Microsoft) also offer different deals for individual schools. While shopping around, it never hurts to ask if a discount is available.
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