Barnes and Noble Educator Days

Did you know that you can sign up for the FREE Barnes & Noble Educator Program in store and get 20% off the list price of most hardcover and paperback books, toys, games, music, movies and more for use in the classroom?!

And on August 25th and 26th, Barnes & Noble is hosting Educator Appreciation Days at stores and offering educators 25% off most books, toys, games, music, and more, 10% off select tech tools and all Café consumable purchases, and limited-time giveaways from Sterling Publishing (while supplies last).


Free Pet For Your Classroom

Pets in the Classroom is taking applications for the 2018-19 school year! This educational grant program provides financial support to Pre-K through 9th Grade Teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom so that children will have an opportunity to interact with pets.


10+ Ways to Fund Back to School Shopping

It can be easy to get caught up in the hype of back to school shopping and blow your budget easily.


First, the coupons and savings!

Download these apps to save on everything you need:

  • CamelCamelCamel: This money-saving app is a price tracking tool for Amazon. Through the website or browser extension, users get access to charts and details of price history for virtually every product listed for sale on Amazon.
  • Ebates: Ebates is one of the most popular shopping portals on the Web and offers up to 40 percent cash back on purchases at more than 2,000 partner stores. There are no complicated points to worry about, just a simple percentage cash back program on eligible purchases.
  • Swagbucks: This money-saving app includes a custom search engine (pretty much like Google with different advertisements) that gives you points for searching, plus you can earn points from online surveys and shopping at partner stores. Those points quickly add up to free gift cards for stores like Amazon or cash back in your PayPal account.
  • Shopkick: For those who do a mix of online and offline shopping, Shopkick is a top money-saving app to know about. You can earn rewards points, called Kicks, from a wide range of activities. Some options include walking into a physical store, buying eligible items and uploading your receipt, shopping at online partner stores and watching online videos.
  • Download Fetch Rewards free here:
  • Enter my referral code, R3QDP, during signup and you'll get 2,000 Fetch Points ($2.00 in points!) when you complete one receipt.
  • Honey: Honey is a browser plugin for Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers that helps you save money by automatically applying coupon codes at the checkout stage of online shopping. Sorry Internet Explorer users, you have to upgrade to something better to use Honey - Chrome is a solid choice for most Web users.


Here are some tips for keeping your budget in check:


  • Clothing

Retailers would like us to think that a brand new back to school wardrobe is a necessity. But many parts of the country are still in summer-weather mode, even in September. So instead of picking up cold-weather items, such as jackets, just get the basics, such as jeans, new shoes and some shirts. See what is in the wardrobe already and build on that. We are in OH and my son is back in school end of August. I'm sure he will be wearing shorts well into September.

Old Navy, Gap Kids, and The Children's Place have really great sales this time of year. They also rotate merchandise often -- ask when they do their markdowns so you can get the deals. And I've found really low-priced children's clothing at Target, like $1.48 for a shirt, $2.48 for a pair of jeans.

- Check out Target Cartwheel coupons for more savings

  • School supplies

Many times, teachers send home school supply lists of items they want their students to have.

For example, here is the back to school list for 1st grade this coming school year:

This list can be daunting. Last year, even with my supply of paper, pencils, etc, I still had to go out and pick up a few things. What is the best way to save? I checked my stockpile first and gathered up the items I already had.

Then for the remainder of the list, I checked the Sunday ads and went to those stores. Staples, Officemax, Office Depot, Target and Walmart usually have the best prices. Typically each year, I usually only get what's on the list. A few weeks into September, many stores start clearancing school supplies to very low prices. This is when I stock up and fill my shelves for the upcoming year.

 - Check out Target Cartwheel coupons for more savings

One trick I have used for years is getting the next year's school supply list ahead of time and buying on clearance. For example when my son was in 3rd grade, I was already buying ahead for 4th and 5th grade, when supplies went on clearance.

  • Backpacks and Lunch bags

I've found that Lands' End and LL Bean have the best, high quality backpacks. Also be sure to check out Costco and Sam's Club. 


  • Stocking the pantry

Grocery stores like to get in on the back to school hype too and push snack packs of food, cereal, etc. Only stock up on items you know you will use and don't fall for the hype! Here are some snack packs that the kids will love:

  • Trail mix. Combine your child’s favorite whole grain cereals with pretzels, raisins, or other dried fruit.
  • Baked chips or whole grain crackers, packaged into child-sized portions.
  • Homemade popcorn.
  • Homemade cookies.
  • Sandwich rolls (tortillas with sandwich fillings, sliced).
  • Cheese sticks

- Free $20 to try out Instacart- Free Groceries delivered right to your home!

- Download Ibotta to save on groceries

-Download Fetch Rewards free here:

  • Enter my referral code, R3QDP, during signup and you'll get 2,000 Fetch Points ($2.00 in points!) when you complete one receipt.


  • Hold a swap party with your friends

Get together with your friends with children of a similar age and swap your gently used clothing.


  • Check out or ebay for more deals


If there is an item your child needs, but you don't want to pay retail, check out those two sites first!


Back to School Ikea Event


Don’t miss the IKEA® Back to College Event


Start off the school year with huge savings on everything you need to start your semester. Find back to college essentials for less, savings on all your favorite Swedish cuisine and more! Get a FREE magazine file and $25 off $150 coupon! Register here.


Back to School Tax Free Shopping 2018

Alabama Tax Free Weekend – July 20 – 22, 2018

Arkansas Tax Free Weekend – August 4-5, 2018

Connecticut Tax Free Weekend – August 19-25, 2018

Florida Tax Free Weekend – August 3-5, 2018

Georgia Tax Free Weekend – Cancelled for 2018

Iowa Tax Free Weekend, August 3-4, 2018

Louisiana Tax Free Weekend, August 3-4, 2018

Maryland Tax Free Weekend, August 12-18, 2018

Mississippi Tax Free Weekend, July 27-28, 2018

Missouri Tax Free Weekend, August 3-5, 2018

New Mexico Tax Free Weekend, August 3-5, 2018

North Carolina Tax Free Weekend, 2018 – There is no tax free weekend this year in North Carolina.

Ohio Tax Free Weekend, August 3-5, 2018

Oklahoma Tax Free WeekendAugust 3-5, 2018

South Carolina Tax Free WeekendAugust 3-5, 2018

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend, July 27-29, 2018

Texas Tax Free Weekend, August 10-12, 2018

Virginia Tax Free Weekend, August 3-5, 2018

Wisconsin Tax Free Weekend, August 1-5, 2018

What is Tax Free Weekend?

Here is a general list of the items included and where you can get more information on your specific state’s Tax Free Holiday.

  • School Supplies
  • Backpacks
  • Clothing
  • Jackets
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Printers

Teacher Discounts and Freebies

These rewards programs will save you some money.

Office Depot and Office Max: In July and August, Office Depot and Office Max have a few weeks where teachers can get up to 25 percent off their purchases. They also at that time have a Teacher VIP savings card to save more throughout the year.

Staples: Staples has a Teacher Rewards Program that gives you 5 percent back in rewards and 10 percent back in rewards for teaching and art supplies. You also get free shipping at

The Container Store: Join The Container Store's Organized Teacher Discount Program, and you'll get special discounts emailed to you throughout the year. Just for joining you'll get your first offer that you can redeem in-store, online, or by phone.

Michaels: Teachers get 15 percent off their purchases at Michaels every day.

Jo-Ann: Sign-up for Jo-Ann's Teacher Rewards and you'll get a rewards discount card that will get you 15 percent off your purchase every day of the year.

Ben Franklin Crafts: Teachers get 10 percent off classroom materials every day at Ben Franklin.

Hobby Lobby: Hobby Lobby gives teachers 10 percent off but they must pay with an organization check.

Party City: You can get 10 percent-20 percent off at Party City, but you'll need a signed letterhead from school to get it.

A.C. Moore: Teachers get 15 percent off sale and regular price purchases at A.C. Moore.

Lakeshore Learning: Teacher's Club members at Lakeshore Learning get 15 percent off everything in-store.

Dick Blick: Educators and students get 10 percent off at Dick Blick every day.


Remember to check with your local bookstores and papers to see if they have a teacher discount.

Barnes & Noble: Through the B&N Educators program, teachers get 20 percent off the publisher's list price for purchase for classroom use and 25 percent off during Educator Appreciation Days.

Half Price Books: Teachers and librarians are eligible for an Educator Discount Card that will get them 10 percent off their purchases all year long.

Book Warehouse: Book Warehouse has an Educator's Book Club that will get them 15 percent off everything in store.

Bookmans: Bookmans' Project Educate gives a 20 percent discount on all purchases for teachers.

Books-A-Million: Books-A-Million's Educator's Discount Program gives educations, librarians, and homeschoolers a 20 percent discount on classroom items and books.

The New York Times: Teachers, as well as students, can get a special rate on The New York Times subscriptions.

The Wall Street Journal: Educators get special rates on subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal.


Most schools have dress codes for teachers and luckily some of the clothing and shoe stores have realized that teachers would appreciate a discount.

J.Crew: Teachers and college students get 15 percent off at J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, and J.Crew Mercantile.

LOFT: Sign-up for the LOFT Loves Teachers program and you'll get 15 percent off all purchase as well as teacher appreciation nights, sweepstakes, and free style guides.

Aerosoles: Show your teacher ID or pay stub when you checkout at Aerosoles and you'll get 15 percent off any footwear priced $39.99 or higher.

Talbots: Teachers get 15 percent off their purchases of full-priced items at Talbots.

Banana Republic: Both teachers and students get 15 percent off full-priced purchases.

Madewell: Teachers and college students can get 15 percent off with a valid school ID.


Just for being an educator you may qualify for a discount on your wireless service. Enter your phone number and email address and see if you qualify.

Many times your school will need to have a contract with them for you to get a personal discount.

Verizon: Verizon Wireless also offers a discount for some education employees.

AT&T: Enter your school email address and you'll see if you can get a discount of up to 20 percent on service, devices, and accessories.

T-Mobile: K-12 staff, college staff, and college students are eligible to save on smartphones at T-Mobile.

Sprint: Enter your phone number to see if you are eligible for a teacher discount.


Apple Store: Apple Store for Education offers discounts to teachers, school staff, and homeschool teachers. Included ar MacBooks, iPads, accessories, and more.

Bose: Teachers will get a discount of up to 15 percent at Bose including speakers, earbuds, headphones, music systems, and sound systems.

Adobe: Educators can get special discounts on Adobe software for personal use.

Lenovo: Students and faculty can save on computers, laptops, and tablets from Lenovo. Just select your state and school to see what offers are available.


Teachers want to have fun and they can do it even on a shoestring budget with these discounts on hotels and attractions.

Marriott: Teachers are eligible for Marriot's government discount that will save you on even personal stays.

LaQuinta: Teachers can get LaQuinta's government rate at more than 800 LaQunitas around the country.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts: Teachers and educators can get 20 percent off the best available rate at Preferred Hotels & Resorts.Resorts.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin: Teachers get special low rates to these two Walt Disney World hotels.

SeaWorld: Teachers can get into SeaWorld for free when they get a SeaWorld Teacher Card.

Legoland: Teachers can get into free at Legoland in both California and Florida.

Art Institute of Chicago: Illinois educators, teaching artists, and homeschool parents can get free tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago.


10 Free Back to School Apps 

10 Back to School Apps:

  1. My Homework (free) – This app helps kids keep track of homework, when it’s due, if it’s done. It syncs to your computer, so parents can monitor it too! Great to help keep kids on track.
  2. (free) – This is great to have when you don’t have that huge dictionary handy. Also a must have when writing reports and other assignments, and great when reading to look up word meanings.
  3. Evernote (free) – Evernote is a life saver for many things but is even better for school. You can take notes, store pictures of important papers, and more. Everything is searchable and syncs to your computer!
  4. Graphing Calculator (free) – Many upper math classes require a graphic calculator. This app is great if your child forgets their calculator or you don’t have the money to shell out for one. Can’t beat free!
  5. School A to Z (free) – This app is like having a personal tutor at your fingertips. Enter your questions and get answers almost instantly. Wish I had this one is school!
  6. Brain Booster App (free) – This app is a must have for on the go. Brain boosting games are perfect when you are waiting in line, on long car drives, or need a few minutes of quite time!
  7. Overdrive App (free) – This app is great for renting education books needed for research. They make great reference books that are very easy to use!
  8. Student Tracker Life 360 Locator (free) – Perfect app to help keep track of younger kids walking home, or walking to and from the school bus. Also great on vacation.
  9. Course Smart (free) – This app hold your text books. Most textbooks are on here and it’s so much easier than carrying around the big heavy things!
  10. gFlashPro (free) – This app allows you to build flash cards using spreadsheets. You can also find many pre- made sets in the app and share the flash card sets you make with friends and family.



Free Beats from Apple Store 

Get a FREE Pair of Beats Wireless Headphones or Earphones with the purchase of select Apple products at Apple Stores and plus authorized campus stores.