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9 Ways to Stretch Your Back-to-School Budget

Shopping for all the things you need to get back to school—books, supplies, clothes and more—can put a serious dent in your budget. For the 2015-2016 school year, educators spent an average of $487 on out-of-pocket classroom supplies, according to the most recent survey of K-12 teachers conducted by SheerID in partnership with Agile Education Marketing.

It pays to look for deals, coupons, special offers, and tools that help you trim the cost of shopping a little—or a lot.

Try these 9 tips to get you back to school without blowing your budget!

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Kick-Start Your New School Year With These Essential Resources

As a CEA and NEA member, you have access to all the essential resources you need to help you stretch your back-to-school budget, get your classroom in order, and more!

Click here to visit NEA Member Benefits’ special back-to-school site and find:

  • NEW-YEAR INSPIRATION: Get expert tips on how to address classroom management challenges and organize your space, as well as back-to-school advice from fellow educators.
  • SHOPPING RESOURCES: Use these special offers and money-saving tips to get yourself and your family ready for the new school year.
  • WELLNESS TIPS: Find out how you can reduce back-to-school stress, reset your internal clock and more.

Teaching Tips, Ideas and Strategies to Help You Start the New School Year

Works4Me is a free biweekly e-newsletter from NEA, showcasing practical classroom tips written by the readers themselves. For over 10 years NEA has been gathering great ideas from educators like you.

Here are 21 of the best back-to-school-themed teaching tips gathered over the years. Read more

August Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

While you enjoy the last weeks of summer, check out these deals and discounts on summer fun and back to school supplies from NEA Member Benefits.

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for August 2017

The new school year is just around the corner! 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 August!* Read more

Your CEA Membership Saves on Admission to Attractions Around the State

Planning to visit some local attractions this summer? Don’t forget to check out discounts available to CEA members before you go.

Your CEA membership offers you discounted admission at the Adventure Parks in Bridgeport and Storrs, Lake Compounce, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Connecticut Science Center, Mystic Aquarium, and so much more.

Check out the complete list here.

CEA Member Appreciation Day at the Yard Goats Next Saturday

The Hartford Yard Goats are excited to announce CEA Member Appreciation Days at the new ballpark—the first of which is coming up Saturday, July 29! Come out to cheer on the home team and enjoy special recognition for CEA member teachers with fireworks after the game. The game starts at 6:35 p.m. and is against the Reading Fightin Phils.

If you can’t make next Saturday, there is a second CEA Member Appreciation Day on Friday, August 11, at 7:05 p.m. versus the Harrisburg Senators.

Reserve and pay for your tickets online at and automatically receive a $2 CEA member discount for each ticket you purchase.

Mortgage Assistance Program for Teachers

Are you looking to buy a home? If you’re considering buying in certain districts or you teach in a shortage area, check out the Connecticut Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

The Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program offers home loans at below-market interest rates to Connecticut public school teachers. To be eligible for the program, you must be employed as a Connecticut-certified public school teacher or a certified regional vocational-technical teacher. You must also be a first-time homebuyer unless you purchase a home in a federally targeted area.

Click here to find out if you quality for the Teachers Mortgage Assistance Program.

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority website offers information on this and other mortgage programs, a list of participating lenders, targeted areas of the state, subject matter shortage areas, and priority and transitional school districts.

How to Save on Last-Minute Summer Travel

Want to get away—right now? Use these tips to plan the perfect summer adventure at a budget-friendly price.

Still trying to decide how to spend your summer vacation? Or maybe you found some extra time to travel and you want to make the most of it? While you may not have a lot of lead time left for a big summer trip, there are still lots of ways to save even if you spontaneously pack up and head out tomorrow!

No matter where you are in your travel planning, use these tips from NEA Member Benefits to get the most out of your vacation time and budget.

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July Deals & Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

Photo from Flickr – C.VanHook.

Are you coming to the CEA Summer Leadership Conference July 31-August 2? More than a dozen CEA and NEA Member Benefits Partners, including several new ones, will be showcasing their products and services.

Find out how they can help you save money on everything from vacations to insurance.

Below are highlighted NEA Member Benefits offers for July. Read more

How to Survive the Summer Paycheck Gap

Enjoying summer break after a long and challenging school year? While you’re happily planning your summer fun, don’t forget to check your budget.

Some educators receive a paycheck during the school year but don’t have regular income over the summer. NEA Member Benefits asked educators to talk about how they stretch their money now along with smart savings strategies to better prepare for next summer. Read more