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Posted: Aug 23 2007 at 3:54pm | IP Logged Quote Mary G

Let's keep a list of national or international companies that give home-educators discounts for purchasing their products. I for one would not only like to save every dime I can , I'd also like to support companies who see home-educators as REAL educators!

  • Jo-ann Fabrics and Crafts -- gives a 10% discount to educators (you can show another's educator card to qualify)
  • Barnes & Noble -- gives 20% discount for educational purchases (excludes video/music)
  • Office Depot -- gives 5% discount on purchases, 10% on printing + money back on qualifying purchases (very easy to work with!)
  • Office Max -- gives points for "qualifying purchases" tracked through their "Teachers' Perks" card; no discount; currently running a laminating offer (till 9/13/07) which seems to be handled differently in each store....
  • AC Moore
  • Lakeshore Learning
  • Hancock Fabric
  • Half Price books gives 10% to teachers
  • Colonial Williamsburg -- Sept 17-21
  • Staples - Teacher's Reward Card with money back


Any others you know of?

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Posted: Aug 23 2007 at 5:40pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Mary - this is the thread thread I mentioned to you. Some that were mentioned that you haven't included so far are:
AC Moore
Lakeshore Learning
Hancock Fabric

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Posted: Aug 23 2007 at 8:50pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

Staples has a Teacher Reward program -- I don't know if they've made changes recently but a few years back I'd get about $120 each year total in the form of a reward certificate. I hardly get anything back now, but I still use my card everytime I shop there, just in case.

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Posted: Aug 23 2007 at 10:04pm | IP Logged Quote Jen L.

You can go to Williamsburg in the Fall (Sept 17-21st) and in the Winter (February something to something) for $5 per person for one day or $11 per person for the week!!!!! Full ticket!!! (Kids 5 and under free, I believe)

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Posted: Aug 24 2007 at 11:17am | IP Logged Quote SusanJ

Wow! That is great about Williamsburg. We'd love to go, but our older child won't even quite be three that week. Does anyone know how Williamsburg decides that a family qualifies for this discount?

For that matter--how does any place decide that you qualify for discounts?

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Posted: Aug 24 2007 at 12:41pm | IP Logged Quote Jen L.

I just called --
I double-checked that they didn't need any "proof" and they said they do NOT need any.

I charged the tickets over the phone, they'll mail me a confirmation, and I'll pick them up when I get there.

As for the three year old, it's actually a perfect time to bring everyone, I think - it's such a small investment of money you don't have the pressure to "see and do it all"

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Posted: Aug 25 2007 at 11:42am | IP Logged Quote CAgirl4God

LegoLand in San Diego has homeschools day....I believe one day a month (pre-scheduled) during the school months.

when I last checked it was $15 a ticket. THAT is a huge savings! lol

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Posted: Aug 25 2007 at 1:23pm | IP Logged Quote marihalojen

It is a one time gig, I think but the Florida Marlins are having a Homeschool Night with Special Pricing for Homeschoolers:
Infield Box Seats: $25 (Reg. $40)
Bullpen Box Seats: $15 (Reg. $27)
Outfield Terrace Seats: $10 (Reg. $20)

Other info that I've received:

Florida Marlins' Homeschool Night & "Hitting a Home Run With
Homeschoolers" Pre-Game Parade

Celebrate Patriots Day with the Florida Marlins as they take on the
Washington Nationals!

Be part of the "Hitting a Home Run With Homeschoolers" pre-game
parade!*

When: Tuesday, September 11,   


Perhaps other places are also doing this that night? It would be cool if it was nation wide!

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Posted: Aug 31 2007 at 3:06pm | IP Logged Quote shartlesville

Hastings has an "Educator Discount" and it includes homeschoolers. You need to bring in something to "prove" you homeschool such as your lesson plan book or a card showing you belong to some type of homeschool association or group.

Gosh, I know there are a bunch of others but I am drawing a blank. I will post them if I can remember.

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Posted: Sept 02 2007 at 7:01pm | IP Logged Quote knowloveserve

There used to be a Scholastic Books warehouse when I lived in California that would have an annual 50% off sale of ALL their books... a simple sign in sheet was all they required; homeschooling teachers allowed.

So check to see if there's a Scholastic warehouse near you?!

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Posted: Sept 02 2007 at 7:03pm | IP Logged Quote knowloveserve

an important link:

http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/events/warehouse/

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Posted: Sept 02 2007 at 7:12pm | IP Logged Quote Mary G

Also, you might want to note that Jo-ann's teacher discount is now 15% off everything (sale or regular) AND if you go in and get a new card (whether it's a renewal or brand new), you get 20% off your stuff that day (even if you've used a 40% off an item coupon, etc).

We really need to support these places that are really trying to help our budgets!

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Posted: Sept 03 2007 at 9:17am | IP Logged Quote Angel

If you order online from Lakeshore Learning, is there a code to use to get a discount?

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I came across this for the Maryland Science Center.

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I just caught this . I'm in Canada and not sure nationally who gives discounts but here in our home province MB Toad Hall toys gives a discount for items used in the homeschool and McNally Robinson does as well too .
I do think you need to show your homeschooling card though to recieve the discount . This means registaring with the homeschool office .

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stefoodie wrote:
Staples has a Teacher Reward program -- I don't know if they've made changes recently but a few years back I'd get about $120 each year total in the form of a reward certificate. I hardly get anything back now, but I still use my card everytime I shop there, just in case.

I have the same "problem." I wonder if they changed how they give credit?
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Perhaps I missed this somewhere, but how do you get the discount? Do you have to take in some sort of proof that you're home educators?
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Posted: Sept 23 2009 at 5:24pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

JennyM wrote:
Perhaps I missed this somewhere, but how do you get the discount? Do you have to take in some sort of proof that you're home educators?


Different companies have different requirements. You just apply for a card one time and then that is what you use each time you make a purchase. For some - like JoAnn's - I just had to state that I was a home educator - no written proof. Those who require written proof often accept:

-HSDLA membership card
-letter from school district
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-your letter of intent to homeschool
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-card/letter from local homeschool organization

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Hi!

I just got a 10% discount from HOBBY LOBBY this weekend.

I was required to show my ID. I *just* got an ID from Homeschool Buyers Co-Op (You can print one at your own printer for free and then have it laminated or pay a small fee to have it "PVCed" and they sent me mine a matter of days) so that is another place to get a bit of savings.   
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