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Make This the Year You Plan Your Dream Trip

Whether your dream trip is your upcoming honeymoon, your much-awaited retirement adventure or you just want to cross a destination off your bucket list, NEA Member Benefits wants to help you achieve that dream trip this year. Do you want to explore the streets of Tokyo, swim with dolphins in Honolulu, climb Mount Kilimanjaro or hit the streets of Barcelona, Spain? Here’s what you need to do to start planning your fantasy trip—TODAY!

What’s your dream trip?

Some people already have a very clear picture of that “once in a lifetime” dream trip. Maybe you’ve always wanted to hike through Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest, or explore the museums in Rome, Florence and Venice.

For others, maybe those who haven’t traveled that much in the past, it could be more difficult to determine exactly where you want to go and what you want to see and do. Sit down with a piece of paper and spend five minutes writing down locations off the top of your head that you’ve always wanted to visit or that intrigue you. Read more

CEA Negotiations Conference Is February 1: Register Now

Learn new strategies to bring to the bargaining table to boost your salary and benefits at CEA’s Negotiations Conference on Saturday, February 1.

You will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state and take part in sessions that will give you the tools and expertise you need for a better contract.

Sessions cover everything from working with your board of education to expanding your impact through social media and bargaining for the common good. See the complete agenda here. This event is free for CEA members, and lunch is included.

Register now.

Are You Missing Out on These Educator Tax Deductions?

Read these tips from NEA Member Benefits before you start working on your taxes this year. Make sure you claim your educator deductions so you can get back as much money as possible.

The tax reform of 2017 kept the $250 above-the-line deduction for classroom supplies, and it’s still available for the 2019 tax year (the year for which taxes are due on April 15, 2020). The $250 deduction is particularly advantageous because it is above the line on Schedule A, which means you don’t have to itemize to take it and it reduces your overall adjusted gross income (AGI).

This becomes even more important under the most recent tax reform, which virtually doubled the standard deduction, setting the threshold even higher for choosing to itemize. Legislation in 2015 indexed the amount to inflation—though it is unchanged at $250 for 2019—and allows professional development expenses to be included in the deduction. If both spouses filing jointly are educators, each can claim the deduction, for a total of $500. Read more

Learn About Different Bargaining Strategies for Better Results

When will your next contract be negotiated, and how can you be sure you get the salary, benefits, and working conditions you deserve?

Come to CEA’s Negotiations Conference in Farmington on Saturday, February 1, and pick up new strategies to bring to the bargaining table.

Sessions cover everything from working with your board of education to expanding your impact through social media and bargaining for the common good. See the complete agenda here. This event is free, and lunch is included.

Register now.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Financial Resolutions

If you’re like many Americans, you made a few New Year’s resolutions recently. And, like vowing to eat right and exercise more, financially motivated pledges bring the promise of a better and healthier life. But while making resolutions is admirable, it’s obviously more beneficial to actually keep them.

With this in mind, here are five classic financial New Year’s resolutions, along with expert advice from NEA Member Benefits on how to successfully achieve them: Read more

January Deals and Discounts From NEA Member Benefits

Remember to check out the savings available through NEA Member Benefits before signing up for a gym, planning a trip, or buying a new or used car this year!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for January 2020

January is one of the best months for saving on everything fitness! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for January!* Read more

$1,000 Scholarship Giveaway for NEA Members

business-money-pink-coinsCould you use some breathing room in your budget? Enter by December 31 for a chance to win $1,000 from NEA Member Benefits.

NEA Member Benefits also partners with Sallie Mae to offer members the NEA® Smart Option Student Loan® by Sallie Mae®, the NEA® Parent Loan by Sallie Mae®, and NEA® Graduate Loans by Sallie Mae®.

6 Top Resources for Last-Minute New Year’s Travel

A New Year’s getaway can be a great way to kick-start the year before returning to school. Even if end-of-year grading and holiday preparations have kept you from making plans until December, it’s not too late.

Although New Year’s is a popular—sometimes expensive—time to travel, you can still find last-minute options for your budget by being flexible about your destination and accommodations, whether you hit the road or fly. You might even score a good money-saving deal. Just keep in mind that, at this point, you need to act swiftly when an offer appeals to you. So, don your party hat and funny glasses: Here are tips and resources from NEA Member Benefits to help you ring in the New Year away from home. Read more

December Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

The holiday season is here! Remember to check out the savings available from NEA Member Benefits on everything from movie tickets and kids’ magazines to kitchen appliances.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for December 2019

Make holiday shopping and entertaining fun and festive! NEA Click & Save, the online discount buying service for NEA members, highlights select retailers and merchants each month. Check out these featured “Buy-lights” for December!* Read more

Get Rewarded for Holiday Shopping

Whether you’re shopping for holiday presents, booking your flight home for the holidays or making everyday purchases such as groceries, gas, clothes, classroom supplies or books, you can make your hard-earned dollars pay you back with customer loyalty reward program cards, apps and codes. You’ll still be buying the same items, but when you use rewards programs, you’ll get more value for the money you spend.

Incentivizing loyal customers has become a big business. Rewards program memberships have grown at a strong, steady rate. According to the data published by Colloquy, loyalty programs boasted 3.8 billion memberships in 2017.

Target your loyalty for optimal rewards

The average U.S. household belongs to 29 rewards programs but uses only 12 of them. “By spreading your shopping over that many programs, you risk diluting the rewards value you get back,” says author Jeff Berry, senior research director at Colloquy. Read more