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Calling all you awesome teachers!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 (May 6th-10th), businesses all across the country are showing their gratitude by offering up various deals, discounts, and freebies just for YOU! Here’s a round-up of nationwide stores and restaurants offering teachers and homeschooling parents a special discount.

*We’ll update this post with more freebies as they come available, so be sure to check back!

School supplies and books

1. A.C. Moore

Get a 15% off your entire purchase discount by presenting any of the following credentials at checkout: state-issued photo ID, school ID, home school affidavit, or IHIP approval letter from the school district or your state, homeschooling certificate, or state-issued preschool/daycare facility certificate/license. Contact your store for more details about the program.


2. Adobe Creative Cloud for Education

Score over 60% off Creative Cloud All Apps. Creative Cloud is a membership that gives you access to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Adobe XD, and over 20 more apps designed to help your ideas come to life! Visit Adobe.com for more details.


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3. Apple

Faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels – you can snag Apple’s Education Pricing on Mac computers and iPads! See the full Education Institution Discount Price List here.


4. Banana Republic

Take an extra 15% off your full-price Banana Republic purchase when you present a valid teacher ID. Note that this offer is valid in-store only with proof.


Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days

5. Barnes & Noble

Sign up for the free Barnes & Noble Educator Program and get 20% off the list price of most hardcover and paperback books, toys, games, music, movies, and more for use in the classroom!

Plus, you can save 25% off the publisher’s list price during Educator Appreciation Days, as well as 10% off Barnes & Noble Café treats, and a free tall, brewed Starbucks coffee from the B&N Café.


6. Basecamp

So long as you’re a teacher at a K-12 school or university and agree to use Basecamp only for classroom work, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial. Basecamp organizes all of your projects and internal communication in one place, making it create to-do lists, assign tasks, set due dates, and more – all so you can see what needs to be done, where to find things, and what’s going on.


7. Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop

Receive a 10% discount off of classroom materials at Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shops. Just show proof of certification/school identification to be eligible for the benefit.


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8. Books-A-Million

The Books-A-Million Educator’s Discount Program is a discount card program free to all K-12 educators, librarians, and homeschoolers, so you get a 20% discount on most classroom items (please note that substitute teachers, student teachers, and University Professors are not eligible). The Educator’s Discount Card can also be used to receive free shipping on applicable online purchases.


9. Cell Phone Carriers

Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T all offer discounts if you’re a teacher! You may need to check with your school to see if you’re eligible. Call your local store for more details.


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10. Cole Haan

Score 15% off full-price AND sale items with a valid .edu email address and Cole Haan account. Visit the Cole Haan website for more details.


11. The Container Store

Get The Container Store special discounts throughout the year to help organize your classroom. Their Organized Teacher Program offers you 10% off every day, but note that the program is ending December 31st, 2019.


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12. Costco

Purchase Costco Membership Activation Certificates to join Costco as a new member, and receive over $60 in savings! You must enter your information to validate your status and redeem this special offer. (This offer is not valid for renewal of an existing Costco membership.) Membership Activation Certificates are offered online only and are not available for purchase at Costco locations.


13. Crayola Experience

For a limited time, receive free admission to Crayola Experience in Orlando, FL, every day with a valid school ID or a recent pay stub and a driver’s license at the admissions counter. Plus, immediate family members receive 25% off general admission!


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14. GM Educator Discount Program

Looking for a new car? GM offers a special discount just for educators, but did you know that you can use it in addition to most of their other offers and incentives? Visit the GM Educator Discount website for more details.


15. Half Price Books

As part of their commitment to literacy, Half Price Books has an Educator Discount Card, so you can save 10% in-store all year round. Just bring in a valid ID or proof of current employment, such as a pay stub or employee ID card.


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16. Hanes & Affiliates

Save an additional 10% off at Hanes.com, Champion.com, OneHanesPlace.com, and JustMySIze.com. Visit the teacher website and verify your Teacher ID to get a unique promo code (limit one coupon code per order).

*Cannot be combined with other promotional offers. $10 maximum discount allowed per order.


17. Insurance Companies

Because Farmers Insurance, Liberty Mutual, esurance, and Horace Mann all offer special pricing for educators, call your insurance agent to find out if you’re eligible for any discounts!


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18. J. Crew

Score a 15% discount at J. Crew when you shop in-store and show a valid school ID at checkout.


19. JoAnn Fabrics

Sign up for a free discount card to save 15% off every in-store and online purchase (exclusions apply).

Eligibility applies to currently state certified, credentialed or licensed teachers at any K-12 public, private or parochial school or higher education learning institution, authorized home school teachers with current documentation or proof of membership in an official home school organization, and current credential, license or certified childcare providers.


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20. Lakeshore Learning

Join the Lakeshore Learning Teacher’s Club and receive 15% off on hundreds of classroom items every day. Plus, get special offers every month and low prices on self-serve lamination just for signing up!


21. LEGOLAND

If you’re a teacher from California or Florida, LEGOLAND Florida Resort, The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando are offering Florida teachers for grades PreK-12 one year of Free admission with a Florida Teacher Pass.

Be sure to check the respective websites for details and restrictions as the programs are a little different between states.


LOFT Jeans

22. LOFT

LOFT offers 15% off full-price purchases, as well as special sweepstakes, grants, and teacher appreciation nights when you subscribe to the LOFT Loves Teachers email list.


23. McAlister’s Deli

Visit your local McAlister’s Deli for free McAlister’s Deli Sweet Tea with a valid teacher ID during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6th-10th!

Know a teacher who could use a little recognition? Now through April 21st, customers can celebrate the special teachers in their community by nominating them in the McAlister’s Deli “McAlister’s Loves Teachers” contest.

Three amazing teachers will be selected to receive a $1,000 prize and a catered classroom treat – plus many more teachers across the country will be recognized locally with great prizes from gift cards to free meals. Head here and submit an entry to nominate a teacher!


Michaels Craft Storage

24. Michaels

Save an additional 15% off your entire in-store purchase every day with valid educator ID – including sale items (some exclusions do apply). See your store associate for more details.


25. Office Depot/OfficeMax

While Office Depot/Office Max doesn’t offer a general discount to teachers, they do offer 5% back to schools on qualifying school supply purchases through their Give Back to Schools program.

Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies and provide your school ID at checkout, and your designated school will receive 5% back in credits for free supplies!

Plus, Rewards members get 2% back in rewards on everything, members-only savings, and more.


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26. Saucony

Sign up for Saucony’s VIP program and get 20% off your first apparel purchase, first access to new products & exclusive offers, a special birthday gift, news about local events, and a chance to win free shoes every month. Sign up on Saucony.com.


27. Sea World

If you’re a teacher from a participating school district, you can receive a complimentary pass to SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio or San Diego to learn how to incorporate marine science education into your curriculum. Click on the location nearest you for registration details and deadlines.


28. Sesame Place

While the 2019 enrollment period has passed, K-12 teachers from PA, NY, NJ & DE can register for a free Sesame Place Unlimited Admission Teacher Pass during select times of the year. Just fill out the registration form, print your voucher, and then present the voucher along with your teaching certificate and a valid photo ID at Sesame Place to get your free admission pass.

Sign up for Sesame Place emails to be notified of the next registration period.


29. Sonic Drive-In

Sonic is offering a Free Drink to Teachers when they order with the Sonic app and use promo code TEACHERS at checkout.


Tommy Hilfiger Merritt Boots

30. Tommy Hilfiger

Receive 15% off your entire purchase! Simply add your favorite items to the cart. Then, during the checkout process, select “teacher discount.” This will then prompt you to verify your status. Once you are approved, your discount will automatically be applied to your cart total.


31. West Elm

West Elm offers 15% off to all teachers, and faculty, year round, with a valid college or university ID. Just visit Westelm.com and fill out the form to receive your discount.


Teacher Appreciation Week deals

…PLUS, many more!

Many local museums, hotels, restaurants, and many other businesses offer unadvertised discounts and teacher appreciation events! It never, ever hurts to ask! If you know of other stores that offer discounts, please share in the comments! And to all of our wonderful teachers… thank YOU! ❤️


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Comments 17

  1. atm

    office depot teachers get 20% back in rewards!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing! We’ll be sure to check for that!

  2. Michelle

    10% off at Tijuana Flats!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks Michelle! I’m wondering if that is only for selected regions? I don’t find that listed as I search for details. Darn!

  3. Jennifer

    Sesame Place has teacher deals too. Free in select neighboring states. It’s at least PA, NJ and DE, but I believe there are more.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for the heads up, Jennifer! Good to know!

  4. Susanne

    Has anyone seen fine print on whether any of these can be had by substitute teachers? Thanks

    • Dana Edwards

      If you have a district ID, I don’t see a business being picky about that. I just hope Chipotle does BOGO burritos again this year. That’s always my favorite teacher appreciation deal!

    • Sharon

      Sea World works for subs since they check for credential online.

      • Niki Patterson

        Are you saying it does work for subs?if so how does that work?

        • Sharon Kennedy

          Free San Diego Sea World admission for a teacher (all year) and two guests (one time) is available for California and Arizona credentialed teachers including substitutes. Here is the link but you must register for your fun card by May 10, 2019: https://seaworld.com/san-diego/tickets/teacher-free-admission/

  5. ros

    Do you think this is also the case for the outlet stores?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Good question! You could always call in before heading out to be sure!

  6. Monkey

    Cell phone carriers sometimes consider teachers state employees with pay stub BUT the better discount is usually with the union membership card.

  7. lori hanson

    Applebee’s May 6-10 30% off meals and $5 muchos

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing! It looks like their offers may vary by location.

  8. Heather

    The Arby’s here is giving a your choice of a free sandwich today only. Zaxbys has buy 1 get 1 free big zax snack meal.

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