If you homeschool you might be surprised to know that a variety of stores offer homeschool teacher discounts! That means when you shop with one of the stores, if you let them know that you homeschool, and provide them with your home educator ID, you will be eligible for the discount!
Homeschool Teacher Discounts
Homeschool Teacher ID
Often times, the only thing you need to use a homeschool teacher discount is a homeschool teacher ID. A homeschool ID is simply a way to verify you homeschool and that you are a teacher. It is much like your state's ID or driver's license, it just is a way to prove you homeschool. Some co-ops issue a teacher ID. If you're not part of a co-op that offers a teacher ID, you can obtain one on your own.
Homeschool Educator ID| Go to Homeschool Buyers Co-op and create an ID and either print and laminate the card, or have them ship it directly to your doorstep!
I do recommend that when you decide to shop at a store in the list below, you reach out to your direct store ahead of time. That way you can ensure they will honor the discount, as some stores might not participate in the discount program.
Homeschool Teacher Discounts at Stores
Following is a list of homeschool teacher discounts at stores. Please note that not all locations of a given store may participate in the teacher discount program. I've split them up into categories, which I hope is helpful.
Arts, Crafts, and School Supplies
As a homeschooling parent, saving on arts, crafts, and school supplies can be a big deal. It can make the difference between purchasing a fun new curriculum or product for our homeschool. Save on arts, crafts, and school supplies with these retailers.
- Blick Art Materials offers discounts on art supplies to qualified registered schools. They also have free lessons plans and more.
- Enroll and save 15% off your purchases at JoAnns
- Sign up for the Lakeshore Learning Loyalty Club and save 15%.
- Michaels offers 15% off your entire purchase. You may be aware that A.C. Moore closed all of it's stores, but their products are available at Michaels.
- Sign up to save 10% off all orders at Pencils.com
- Randomly get special deals, earn 5% cash back and free shipping with Staples Teacher Rewards.
- Sign up for the Organized Teacher Discount Program at The Container Store to get 15% off. Save $ while you decorate and design your classroom.
Books and Teaching Materials
As homeschoolers, we love books. We especially love discounted books! Check out these savings on books and teaching materials.
- Receive up to 20-25% off select items at Barnes and Noble.
- Save 20% off with membership at Bookmans.
- Check out the specials for educators, which change from time to time, at Books a Million. Request a BAM Educator card today.
- If you happen to live near a Book Warehouse, you can join the Educator's Book Club and get a 15-percent discount on most in-store purchases.
- Eduporium offers 20% discount on most products for teachers.
- Teachers can save 10% off all year round when you shop Half Price Books.
- Izzit offers one free teaching DVD per school year for teachers and homeschoolers. Free account required.
- Save up to 50% off a subscription of New York Times as long as you're an educator.
- PBS LearningMedia program offers free access to tens of thousands of videos, games, lesson plans and other educational materials for teachers and the classroom.
- Save over 45% on classroom sets of USA Today (note – sets means you purchase multiple copies).
- The special educator's rate from The Wall Street Journal is pretty significant! While it is mostly geared toward older students and educators, it is worth checking out.
- Save 50% on a subscription to the Washington Post.
Saving on clothes means you can spend more on fun homeschool supplies. Check out these discounted retailers to outfit your family.
- Banana Republic offers 15% off full price purchases for students and teachers.
- Sign up as a Dagne Heroes to save 20% off.
- Save 10% off everyday with a verified registeration as a teacher with Hanes.com.
- Save 15% off orders with J Crew by providing proof that you're a teacher.
- Teachers can enjoy 20% off every purchase on KarenKane.com with verified eligibility.
- Teachers and college students can save up to 20% at MadeWell with verified eligibility online or with your valid ID in stores.
- Save 15% off at The Loft with your teacher ID and sign up for exclusive teacher-only perks.
- TOMS proudly offers a 10% discount to students and teachers with verified eligibility.
Health, Insurance, and Automotive Discounts
We all know that health, insurance, and automotive expenses can eat a chunk of our budget. Saving on these is especially helpful.
- Save $20 to $100 off select 23andMe DNA test kits.
- Budget Truck Rental offers 20% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves for educators.
- Coolframes.com offers a 5% discount.
- GM offers special discounted prices on select new models with the GM Educator Discount.
- Liberty Mutual Auto Insurance offers a $0 deductible when driving car for school business or if vandalized on school grounds; $2500 coverage for teaching materials or school-owned property stolen from your vehicle. I'm not sure how this one translates to homeschoolers, but it's worth looking into if you drive around with your school materials.
- SIXT offers 5% discount on car rentals for teachers.
Technology and Services
If your family is like mine, technology plays a large role in your homeschool. These savings are amazing!
- Adobe Creative Cloud offers 60% off monthly Creative Cloud subscription.
- Apple Store for Education| You can save up to $300 on a new Mac, and more, great prices.
- Eligible subscribers save up to 15% on their monthly bill with AT&T.
- Check out the Best Buy Education program and see if it's a good fit for you. Best Buy also tends to have special offers available for teachers each fall.
- Save $100, or more, on select Dell Computers for Students.
- While there isn't a specific teacher's discount for FedEx, you can sign up for FedEx Rewards or the Print Preferred program and save.
- Students and teachers can save 10-15% off select Lenovo models.
- With a valid school email, students and teachers can get Microsoft Office 365 Education free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams.
- Verizon offers select teacher discounts.
Travel and Attractions
Nothing beats a fun field trip, right? Teachers can save on travel and some attractions with their ID.
- The Field Museum, in Illinois, offers complimentary basic admission for active military personnel and Illinois teachers. ID is required.
- Shedd Aquarium, in Chicago, offers a complimentary pass to teachers from specific states and discounted rates to teachers from other states.
- Six Flags This isn't year round, but they offer a homeschool day, that is open one day each year for homeschoolers to come and enjoy! I thought that was fun!
- Kennedy Space Center offers free admissions to teachers from Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Wisconsin teachers receive free admission to Milwaukee Art Museum.
- Florida teachers receive free admission and discounted family memberships to Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa.
- Illinois teachers receive free admission to Museum of Science + Industry in Chicago.
- New York City teachers receive free admission to Museum of the Moving Image.
- California teachers receive free admission to Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
I may edit this post, from time to time, to remove or add discounts as I find them. Love saving money? Be sure to check out the Ultimate Guide to Free Resources for Home Education!