25 Back-to-School Discounts

School's back in session and so are special deals for students and teachers. (Most discounts require an ID card or a valid .edu email address as proof.)

Edward Wilkinson

Discounts for Students and Teachers

  • The Limited: Get 15% off a new fall wardrobe, thelimited.com
  • Loft: Stay in style and receive a 15% price reduction, loft.com
  • J.Crew: Update your wardrobe using a 15% discount at retail and factory stores, jcrew.com
  • Banana Republic: Buy select full-price apparel at 15% off, bananarepublic.com
  • Apple Stores: Desktops, notebooks, software and other select items are marked down. (There's a maximum on how many can be purchased in a year and discounts vary.) store.apple.com
  • HP: Computers, printers and ink are 15% off, http://hp.force.com/external/hpacademy
  • Sony: Buy a Vaio PC with an extended service plan and save 10%, store.sony.com
  • Borders: Members of the free rewards program receive 30% off hardcover bestsellers and free shipping on online purchases over $25, borders.com
  • T-Mobile: New or existing customers save up to 15% on monthly service plans, t-mobile.com
  • The New York Times: Students and teachers in participating college readership programs get a discounted subscription rate that includes digital access, homedelivery.nytimes.com

Discounts for Students

  • Student Advantage: Starting at $22.50 a year (and up to $52.50 for four years), students receive a discount card for websites and local and chain stores nationwide. Participants include Amtrak, Target, Macy's, Allposters.com, Drugstore.com, Foot Locker and more, studentadvantage.com
  • Studentrate.com: Get free notifications about student-only local and national deals (AT&T, Netflix, Megabus and Urban Outfitters have all been previously listed) and giveaways on the site's discussion groups, Facebook and Twitter, studentrate.com
  • Amazon Student: Sign up for one free year of Amazon Prime benefits, including no-cost two-day shipping and exclusive deals, amazon.com
  • International Student Identity Card: For $22, it offers full-time students over age 12 thousands of discounts, including on airfare, restaurants, shopping and museums, isic.org

Discounts for Teachers

  • Barnes & Noble: Enjoy 20% off select books, toys and games and more, barnesandnoble.com
  • Book Warehouse: All books are 15% off, book-warehouse.com
  • Scholastic: Up to 40% discount books and educational products, scholastic.com/teacherstore
  • ShopPBS.org: Sign up for the PBS teachers service to receive 15% off all items, pbs.org/teachers
  • Staples: Earn 10% back in reward points, which can later be redeemed for select new products, on all purchases, staplesrewards.com
  • FedEx/Kinko's: Copying, printing and select products (not shipping) are reduced 15%, psg.kinkos.com/educator
  • JoAnn Fabrics: Register for the teacher rewards program for 15% off merchandise, joann.com
  • A.C. Moore: Purchases are reduced by 10%, acmoore.com (discount in-store only)
  • Container Store: A discount of 15% on online, in-store or phone orders, containerstore.com/teachers/
  • Aerosoles: Orders over $39.99 are 15% off, aerosoles.com
  • Sprint: Education Association members qualify for 18% off monthly charges, sprint.com

Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.