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Best Back to School Deals for Teachers

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Teacher DiscountsAs if we're all not stressed enough about going back to school, now we have to worry about spending money on clothes, classroom decorations, school supplies and all the other must-haves that accompany a new school year.

To save you some anxiety and make the most of your time and money, we've found the best back-to-school deals for teachers:

One-stop Savings

Before going into store-by-store list, I'd like to share some brilliant advice I just got:  Hit the Sunday ads!

Word is, Office Max, Walmart, Target and other big retailers will meet the lowest advertised prices on items. In one trip, one mom saved $30 and lots of time by showing up armed with her ads. I’m not sure if this is a national policy, so it’s probably a good idea to call the store you’re visiting before filling up your cart. 

Remember: Bring the ads with you!!

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Now back to the highlights on highlighters and other such school supplies. You may want to make your first stop Staples. When asking about deals, Staples seems to top everyone's list.  

Save on School Supplies

Deals will vary week to week, but these big box stores usually offer the best deals. Visit these links for the latest deals this week!  

Staples Back to School Deals

Show your school idea to extend limits on super-cheap supplies. For instance one cent folders are limited to 5 per customer, but teachers can get 25.

Check out the Teacher Appreciation Day coming up near you. The first 100 teachers get free gifts.

Office Max Back to School Deals

If you're a Max Card for Teachers member, you need to take advantage of Teacher Appreciation Day Aug. 8.  Teachers get a reusable bag. Anything you can fit in that bag is 15% off.

In the past, they've also offered free laminating for teachers toward the end of August. Word is that promotion might be significantly downgraded, but ask your local store if they will be offering anything similar this year.

Walmart Back to School Deals

As of yet, Walmart hasn't announced any special teacher savings events, but it's always one of the cheapest places around for school supplies. Stay tuned for updates on any special promotions!  

Supplies will get cheaper as that first day of school gets closer, so you might want to wait a few weeks for the best deals. Regardless of your shopping timeline, don't forget to get the lowest prices in one stop by bringing in ads from local competitors for them to beat!

Year-Round Teacher Deals

Office Depot Star Teacher Program

Their Star Teacher Program lets you earn money back on purchases, percent varies depending on product, for you and your school.

This is in addition to sale prices on school supplies for Back to School as well.

Barnes and Noble for Teachers

This bookseller always offers 20% off classroom purchases (I trust that you can be creative enough to make that fit just about anything.)


Joann Fabric Teacher Rewards

For you crafty ones out there, Joann Fabrics offers a Teacher Discount 15% off purchases year round. Joann Fabric is also hosting Teacher Appreciation Days Aug. 14 & 15 where teachers get 20% off and a free tote bag.

Michaels Teacher Discounts

Teachers save 15% at Michaels everyday.

Container Store Organized Teacher Discount

Teachers in the program save 15%.

Teacher Clothes Discounts

J.Crew Teacher Discount

15% off with valid teacher ID

Ann Taylor Loft Teacher Discount

15% off with valid teacher ID

The Limited Teacher Discount

15% off with valid teacher ID

Lakeshore Learning Teachers Club

Save 15% of select classroom supplies and get monthly deals.

Ed Tech Deals for Back to School

Apple Teacher Discounts

Special Back to School Promotion

Free iPod touch with purchase of a Mac

Special educator pricing

Also check out iTunes University for free classroom downloads

Dell Teacher Discounts

Special promotional deals on Educator page

Otherwise, 7% discount on most other items 

HP Teacher Discount

Up to 15% when you sign up for the Academic Purchase Program as a student or teacher Teacher Discount

This site was recommended to for having consistently low prices. Carry a lot of computer software and accessories.

Back to School Sales Tax Breaks 

Even with the economy in the gutter, 18 states are offering tax holidays for back-to-school shoppers. Find your state's sales tax holiday here!

What other amazing deals and discounts have you come across? Share in the comments section!