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Topsy
02-22-2012, 10:10 PM
So did I ever tell you about the time I came up to the checkout counter at Staples and produced my Educator Discount card? And the checkout attendant, while ringing my card through the register, thought this was the perfect opportunity to commiserate with me, a teacher, about all the "cheapskate homeschool parents" who come through her line with the audacity to get a discount on their school supplies when obviously those cards were meant for classroom teachers. (I'm still miffed about the assumption - - is it my glasses? Were there dry erase marks on my face??)

I'd like to say I corrected the woman and gave her a lesson in all-things-homeschooling, but instead, I pulled my glasses further down my nose, took my "only-for-REAL-teachers" discount, and suddenly felt as though I had stolen a puppy from a toddler.

Then later, I got MAD. I mean I'm not naive or cold-hearted. I realize that classroom teachers have to pay for entirely too many things out of their own pocketbook, and I don't begrudge them a penny of any potential discount. But why would a teacher discount -- which benefits the store by encouraging repeat business - - need to exclude the parents who ALSO support classrooms with their taxes and yet never benefit from those monies or resources??

What about you? Do you take advantage of Educator Discounts at retail or online stores ? (And watch for an upcoming article on the home page that highlights some of the Educator Discounts homeschoolers are eligible for - - some of them may surprise you!)

theWeedyRoad
02-22-2012, 10:20 PM
I said yes, always, but truthfully I only JUST signed up for the Staples one. After a failed attempt at Michaels (where I was told as a homeschooler I don't qualify), I sorta.. gave up a bit. It was a shock when the staples guy told me I DID qualify (with $200 worth of stuff in my cart to pay full price for, I would have choked him if he made some sort of insulting comment LOL).

imho, I teach. I deserve a teacher's discount. I don't make a wage to do what I do, I pay property taxes to support the school system (and teacher salaries) anyway. I'm just as entitled (and maybe a bit more so) as anyone else. I wouldn't lie to get a discount, but if they give me the green light, I'm not going to feel guilty for moving forward.

Accidental Homeschooler
02-22-2012, 10:36 PM
I have only used the Barnes & Noble one.

opheliag
02-22-2012, 11:04 PM
I had one at Barnes & Noble for a while. Then, I tried to use it one day, and the cashier gave me a hard time about it. She kept making comments about how easy it would be to fake an homeschool affidavit and get a discount card. She goes on to tell me about how she used to be a police officer, so she is suspicious of everything. I'm sure so many people have faked homeschooling just to get a 20% discount at Barnes & Noble. It just wasn't worth the discounted price, and I told her manager that. Since then, I rarely, if ever, shop at Barnes & Noble, and I never buy curriculum there. I wil wait for it from Amazon. It seems like everywhere I have tried to get a discount that "says" they offer it to homeschoolers, they have always given me a hard time. I guess I don't look like a homeschooling mom or something. I've just given up on it, to be honest.

KristinK
02-22-2012, 11:07 PM
it never even occurred to me that I COULD.

Riceball_Mommy
02-22-2012, 11:10 PM
I have a card for AC Moore, and Barnes and Noble. I can't remember whether my staples rewards is the educator one or just the regular one. I remember starting signing up for that twice and I don't remember which one went through.
As for Michaels they don't give a card but when I emailed them they said they include homeschoolers in their teacher discount, you can show another store's teacher discount card or some other proof that you homeschool to get the discount.

farrarwilliams
02-22-2012, 11:32 PM
I used to have them giveme hard time even when I was a classroom teacher, so don't feel like you have to take it too personally. Retail is full of jerks. And nice people... but plenty of jerks.

zcat
02-23-2012, 01:55 AM
I have never used an educator discount.
I haven't really bought enough stuff from places that had one to motivate me to try.

Greenmother
02-23-2012, 08:23 AM
So did I ever tell you about the time I came up to the checkout counter at Staples and produced my Educator Discount card? And the checkout attendant, while ringing my card through the register, thought this was the perfect opportunity to commiserate with me, a teacher, about all the "cheapskate homeschool parents" who come through her line with the audacity to get a discount on their school supplies when obviously those cards were meant for classroom teachers. (I'm still miffed about the assumption - - is it my glasses? Were there dry erase marks on my face??)

I'd like to say I corrected the woman and gave her a lesson in all-things-homeschooling, but instead, I pulled my glasses further down my nose, took my "only-for-REAL-teachers" discount, and suddenly felt as though I had stolen a puppy from a toddler.

Then later, I got MAD. I mean I'm not naive or cold-hearted. I realize that classroom teachers have to pay for entirely too many things out of their own pocketbook, and I don't begrudge them a penny of any potential discount. But why would a teacher discount -- which benefits the store by encouraging repeat business - - need to exclude the parents who ALSO support classrooms with their taxes and yet never benefit from those monies or resources??

What about you? Do you take advantage of Educator Discounts at retail or online stores ? (And watch for an upcoming article on the home page that highlights some of the Educator Discounts homeschoolers are eligible for - - some of them may surprise you!)

Dang Topsy!
Keep Stealing Those Puppies!

Greenmother
02-23-2012, 08:26 AM
We are a blue collar family. And I un-ashamedly take advantage of educator discounts and military discounts, coupons [if I can remember them] and BOGO sales. We also shop for books at thrift stores, and half priced book stores and GOoB sales--anything we can get. Also--Library Sales!

Oklahoma is super home schooler friendly. So it's not as bad here as it might be in other places. But most act on the assumption that all home schoolers are right leaning religious folk.

ooh! I just remembered.

When the big chain stores started giving out discount cards to educators, when I would apply [a couple years ago] they would want some proof that I home Schooled. I would get to argue with them that Oklahoma requires no official paperwork or filings, nor does it give out any recognition that one home schools their children, therefore, short of showing up with my file cabinet--I have nothing to show them.

Much male-childless-eye-rolling ensued from behind the other counter.

dbmamaz
02-23-2012, 10:39 AM
i really buy so little in stores it doesnt seem worth the effort to me. in fact, often if i want something from B&N, my husband goes for me - he is much more the book store addict than I am and he loves an excuse to go, and he has a membership card there. I dont do crafts. even staples, i buy mostly copy paper and sticky notes. and money isnt THAT tight - even dh, who worries daily about money, doesnt worry about small amounts. Its more things like paying for music lessons - i mean, just the music lessons, the martial arts, the dissection class - those cost so many times more than what I pay for in curriculum and office supplies . . .

lakshmi
02-23-2012, 06:04 PM
I am sort of with dbmamaz on this one. I don't buy much. I'd like to use it for a new apple computer but I don't think that they take homeschoolers... off to check now.

ETA looks like it's official. Homeschool is on Apple website. So, awesome. Even though it is only 100 bucks... I guess it is something.

dragonfly
02-23-2012, 06:50 PM
I think if someone tried to give me a hard time, I'd be tempted to give it right back to them...geez. I can't imagine anyone going to the effort of faking being a homeschooler for a measly 20% discount. What business is it of the clerk that the store offers a discount? If the store didn't want to give it to hs-ers, they wouldn't.

I've used the B&N discount a couple times. I find that, most of the time, the books I want are cheaper from Amazon or eBay. I went to the Scholastic warehouse sale once years ago, which was very cool. I'm not sure I'd go again, but only because most of their books are for younger kids.

dottieanna29
02-24-2012, 10:13 AM
I buy 99% of my school stuff online and the majority of my other books from used book stores or library sales. I know I'd have a hard time getting some of the discounts because in NJ I have no proof that I homeschool. I know that the Homeschool Buyers Co-op has a card you can print off and I have a laminator to make it look official but so far it hasn't been worth the effort.

rumbledolly
02-24-2012, 11:05 AM
I'll take any discount I can get. I can't wait when I can start (in June) trying to take advantage of AARP, Homeschool, AAA, DoD, and whatever combined discounts! I could technically be "free" if I'm allowed to piggy-back stuff.

Growing old bites but if I can get a discount for it then I'm game.

sissy65
02-24-2012, 11:09 AM
I went to Michaels about a month ago and when I got to the check out I just asked for the teacher's discount. I assumed the checker would give me something to fill out like they did at Barne's & Noble and issue a card... nope... she just said "sure!" and gave me the 15% off my entire purchase!

I have a friend who is an artist (apparently the artist discount is greater, like 25 or 30%) she said you just go to Michaels.com and fill out the information for whatever discount it is that you need -- educator's, artist's etc. and there should not be a problem with getting the discount when shopping in store. I have yet to go online to fill out the information but I do plan to do it.

Jeni
02-24-2012, 11:23 AM
I knew about them, had a Joann's one at some point but it expired. Like a lot of others, I just don't shop at the stores that offer them all that much. I did sign up for Office Depot and Joann's again though. I'd like to do B&N but I can't figure out how to sign up for it.

mratts
02-24-2012, 12:13 PM
I got an Office Depot Star Teacher card when I was teaching in PS, and I had to fill out paperwork proving I was teaching in a recognized school, but when I stopped teaching I asked them and they said once you get it you've got it. At the time I don't know if they offered it to HSers because it didn't apply to me, but OD is one of my frequent stops, so I use it all the time. The place I shop the most is Amazon, and thus far I've seen no discount for teachers there lol. I also use military discounts wherever I can.

I spent a lot of money on my classroom when I was in a PS, and I spend a lot less now, but I do get frustrated when I can't get the breaks now that PS teachers can - like writing it off for taxes!

LAR
02-24-2012, 04:41 PM
We definitely take advantage of discounts. Just this week, we used our teacher cards to get 50% off admission price at the Ringling Museum. I regularly use Barnes & Noble, Joann Fabrics, and Michael's. I have the Staples rewards but will have to check into a teacher's card now. At first, I was too proud to seek discounts, and now, with me not working and money tight, I'll ask anywhere we go.

mom4peace
02-24-2012, 07:39 PM
I use my educator's discount for Barnes and Noble quite often. I had a Borders card when they were around. First time I asked for the card (on a school day, at 10 am, with two school-aged kids in tow), the man at the counter asked for proof that we homeschooled. I don't have anything like that and live in a state that requires no paperwork, which I told him. He then asked me for a pay stub. My jaw dropped briefly before I replied, "If only!" Yes, I went home from the card.

gr jane
02-24-2012, 11:19 PM
Never thought to use my HSLDA teacher ID card for discounts, but I may just give it a try at Office Max. I rarely shop at retail stores, but when I do, I only go when there's a sale. I've only once used my teacher ID: my family and I took a trip to Chicago last November, and when researching attractions, I found out Shedd Aquarium gives educator discounts (free admission) for teachers from IL, IN, MI and WI. Worked out great, no hassles. We showed our IDs and vouchers, paid admissions just for the kids, and my dh and I enjoyed free full admission.

http://www.sheddaquarium.org/discounts.html