I have a wallet full of cards that get a teacher discount at Half Price books, Walgreens, Jo Ann Fabric, Staples and at Barnes and Noble. I had to show me teacher ID and then fill out a little form at all these places and they give me a discount card that I can show every time I go to one of these places. Then I get a discount from anywhere from 10%-20% off most everything in their stores.
The cool thing is that it doesn't seem to matter what I buy. Seriously. I can buy deodorant at Walgreens and BAM discount. It doesn't even have to be on teaching supplies. Same with all the other places.
I think it's a nice perk. I think of all the money I spend out of my own pocket for school stuff. My photographer friend's husband said he wanted receipts for 1 school year of all the money she spent for her classroom. She's an English and the school journalism teacher- and she has one remedial HS group of kids. He kept receipts for 3 months and when she hit a thousand bucks he threw a huge fit. Uh, yeah. But she said after he got over the shock of it, she reminded him it could be a provable tax deduction. Personally I don't think that made him very happy. I can easily see how she spent that much. I was always buying folders, paper, highlighters, pens, anything that I thought could be a learning and organizational tool for kids. Paints, markers, poster board... It's just the pitfall of being a teacher so I think it's nice that some businesses want to reward people for choosing this
I wonder if there are more companies that offer discounts that I don't know about?
Sorta makes me want to go shopping!