The Best Back To School Discounts for Teachers

With the new school year rapidly approaching teachers’ minds turn to preparing their classrooms. Whether they are decorating to create a welcoming and inspirational environment or picking up some extra supplies to ensure all students are equipped, teachers aim to create a positive school experience for each child that enters their classroom.

Unfortunately, slim budgets don’t always allow for outfitting a classroom with necessities, let alone enhancements. It is no secret that year after year, teachers reach into their own pockets to purchase supplies for the classroom. In fact, teachers spend nearly $500 on average for classroom supplies, instructional materials and professional development.

To ease a bit of the burden many retailers offer special discounts for teachers and administrators. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best discounts available for teachers to help keep some of that hard-earned paycheck in your pocket!

Discounts on Supplies

Dollar General

The Dollar General is offering a very generous discount of 20% to teachers on stationery supplies when a valid school ID is provided. This discount is available throughout 44 states in the U.S. at more than 15,000 locations from now through September 7, 2019.


Arts and crafts supplies can get expensive fast! Michael’s offers an everyday discount of 15% of an entire purchase to teachers who display valid school ID making arts and crafts much more affordable for teachers.

*Bonus tip* Michael’s often has coupons online for up to 50% off a purchase, and they will match and accept competitor promos too!

Joann Fabrics

Joann Fabrics is another arts and crafts store that offers an everyday discount to teachers. You can get 15% off purchases by registering at

A.C. Moore

As any teacher can attest, arts and crafts are an essential part of the classroom learning experience. To help cut down on expenses, A.C. Moore offers teachers a discount of 15% off of their sale and everyday purchases. A valid teachers ID, paystub and/or certificate must be shown upon checkout.


Staples knows how to bring in the school year by hosting a two-day event for not only teachers but parents and students as well. The “Back-to-School Block Party€ offers a 20% discount pass when shopping and a ton of awesome giveaways! To find out when your Staple’s location or one closest to you is having their event visit Staples website.

Office Depot

Office Depot is offering 20% back in store rewards on qualifying in-store purchases when teachers provide a coupon, valid school ID and reward number upon checkout from now until September 28, 2019. The coupon is available at


A 15% discount will be provided to teachers on school and home supplies from now until September 28, 2019.

The Container Store

Organization is key to teaching in a classroom. The Container Store makes organization possible with it’s Organized Teacher Program. Being a part of this program gets you some pretty sweet discounts and offers throughout the year to ensure that your classroom is organized.

Discounts on Books


Teachers can sign up for the FREE Books-A-Million Educators Discount Program to get 20% off of all in-store purchases and free shipping on items purchased online.

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Nobles offers teachers and educators a 20% discount off of qualifying purchases all year round but is offering a special discount on weekends from now until September 20, 2019. The discount is a part of their Back-To-School Educator Appreciation Days with up to 25% off.

Half Price Books

Teachers and educators are eligible for an Educators Discount Card which gives 10% off of all purchases. All private and public school teachers, librarians and university teaching assistants have to do to get this discount is to show their pay stub or valid employee ID

Discounts on Clothing

Ann Taylor LOFT

Teachers will 15% off of full-price purchases when shopping at Ann Taylor LOFT. Teachers also have the opportunity to take advantage of this retailer’s amazing sweepstakes opportunity, which is an enormous $50,000 in annual grants and teachers appreciation nights (check your local store for details).

J Crew

Teachers can upgrade their back to school fashion with J Crew’s 15% in-store only discount on all purchases. 

Banana Republic

When shopping at the Banana Republic make sure to bring your teacher’s ID to enjoy 15% off of all in-store purchases. 


Every teacher knows how important it is to have the comfiest shoes for the long days of teaching on your feet. Luckily, Aerosoles offers a 15% discount on shoes priced at $39.99 or more. All you have to do is bring in your valid teachers ID or pay stub.

The Limited

Teachers and educators can save 15% off of all in-store purchases when presenting a valid school ID upon checkout.

Discounts on Technology


Apple provides a huge discount on its products for teachers, staff, administrators, home school teachers, and all students. To get a discount of up to $200 off and a free pair of Beats headphones when purchasing a Mac product you must select your school from the website’s menu.


Currently, Dell is offering a year round discount on it’s Dell computers, software, and peripherals. To get a hold of this great discount visit Dell’s website.


Faculty and staff of both k-12 and colleges can enroll for Lenovo’s Academic Purchase Program to receive many discounts on laptops, desktop computers, tablets and so much more!


Adobe is notorious for its fabulous discounts on their software programs. Educators and home school teachers that belong to a homeschool association can snag up to 60% off of Adobe programs by providing a verification of employment. Check it out here!


Discounts on Subscriptions/Services

The New York Times

A great way to keep yourself and students up to date with current events it through The New York Times Special Education at rate of $0.99 for four weeks. After the four weeks, teachers will receive 50% off of subscriptions. 

National Geographic

Teachers and educators can enjoy paying only $1 per digital issue copy with the educational discount. This discount also offers a wide variety of free multimedia resources.

FedEx Office

Teachers can enjoy a 15% discount when printing or shipping with FedEx office. So whether you need to spice up the classroom with colorful posters or ship an array of items, FedEx Office has your back.

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