Teacher Discounts

As we head back to school, many of us are not only spending money to freshen up our wardrobes, but on countless classroom supplies as well. There are many spectacular teachers out there who spend HUNDREDS each year just so their students can have a classroom environment that is welcoming, organized, and most importantly, makes them feel successful.

If you haven’t yet checked out Passion for Savings, please do yourself a favor and do so! You can find great deals, coupons, and all sorts of money saving tips! For us teachers, they put together a list of 90+ retailers that give teacher discounts—pretty amazing.


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Here are a few of our favorites (for both in and out of the classroom):


Aside from crafting and DIYing at home, the classroom is a hot spot for creativity—even in High School the kids get giddy at the sight of markers and paper. Our beloved Joann’s, Michaels, and Hancock Fabrics offer 15% discounts for teachers with a valid id.


The Apple store offers both student and teacher discounts, whereas companies like Best Buy, Bose, Adobe, and Dell have special teacher discounts and promotions that vary throughout the year as well as by location. Certainly something worth looking into!


Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million both offer educator discount programs that can save you 20% on materials for the classroom.

The Container Store- sign up online to receive special educator promotions via email! A well organized classroom is key not only for student success, but also for maintaining teacher sanity :)

School Supplies—(because if we had a dollar for anytime we heard “Can I have a pencil?”, we’d all be rich…)

Office Max, Staples, and Office Depot all offer teacher discount programs. You should also check with your county or district to see if you have an additional partnership program with any of these stores.


The Loft has a program called Loft Loves Teachers that you should join. You get 15% off and also receive special coupons throughout the year.

J Crew and The Limited both offer 15% with a teacher id while Banana Republic offers 10% with id.


pinterest-classroom-memeWe wish our fellow teaches many discounts, and a great start to the new school year!

Maryland Tax Free Week!


Attention Shoppers! With ‘Back to School’ lurking around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to do some shopping!

Maryland’s Tax Free Week is in motion, giving us a break from apparel and footwear less than $100 per item. While “accessories” are not included, I was surprised to see what actually qualifies for the exemption, certainly things that I thought would be “accessories” after all. You should check out this handy list put together by the Maryland Comptroller with all the specifics.

Want more info? Check out the State’s page for all the nitty gritty.

Hope you find some great deals!

image taken from googleimages

image taken from googleimages

DIY Bookcase from Craft Crates

DIY Bookcase out of Craft CratesRemember a while ago when I was distressing craft crates? I wanted the crates to look weathered and old? Well, it was to make a DIY bookcase out of craft crates. 

The boys’ book situation was getting out of control, and I wanted a bookshelf that wasfunctional, inexpensive, and pleasing to the eye. 

This DIY fit the bill. I bought each crate for about $6 (withJoAnn’s coupons, of course), so before I bought the casters to be screwed on the bottom of the crates, this bookshelf only cost my $36. 

Liquid Nail was my bff for this project. No tutorial is really needed. I weathered the crates, (read about it here),  glued the crates together using an ample amount of liquid nail, screwed some mending plates on for extra support, and fastened some casters to the bottom. 

Every once in a while I try to style this DIY bookcase from craft crates, but these books are on and off the shelf so many times a day that it seems like a fool’s task. Ehh, I’d rather the books be read than not, so I will concede this battle. 

Regardless, the bookshelf came out cute. At least I think so. 

DIY wood crate bookcase

DIY bookcase


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