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Join the Sound Tigers for the 2019 Playoffs

sound-tigers-goalieLooking for something to do this weekend? The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are headed to the playoffs, and CEA members can attend with one of two great ticket packages.

The Sound Tigers are playing THIS Friday and Saturday Night at 7 p.m. against the Hershey Bears in Round 1 of the playoffs.  They’re offering CEA members a special ticket and T-shirt package OR a ticket, food, and beverage package. You can also buy your tickets online. Discounted tickets are available for just $12.

Enter to Win a Music & Arts Grant for Your School

Numerous studies have found that sharing a love of the arts enhances students’ brain development, creativity, and classroom involvement—and music and art curriculum has been shown to reduce students’ disciplinary issues and dropout rates.

Unfortunately, arts education at many schools has been reduced or eliminated because of budget cuts.

The California Casualty Music & Arts Grant was established to provide support for music and arts education in K-12 public schools. As a member of CEA, you can apply for a $250 grant for a music or art need at your school.

Keep the creativity flowing—apply today at CalCasMusicArtsGrant.com. It’s easy!

April Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

This April remember to check out NEA Member Benefits for deals and discounts on your spring wardrobe, new appliances, summer vacations, and more!

NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for April 2019
The crocuses are starting to sprout and that means one thing: time to SPRING into action! 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 April!* Read more

The Best Times to Buy Just About Anything

Need another way to stretch your budget? Plan your purchases ahead of time so you can buy during the most cost-effective times of the year. Do you have plans for both big and small purchases this year? NEA Member Benefits talked to shopping experts, and here’s what they recommend for timing those purchases.

Do your homework

Compare prices online so you’ll “know the relative value of an item before you shop,” says Kathy Borrus, author of The Fearless Shopper: How to Get the Best Deals on the Planet. Read more

Avoid Tax Time Identity Theft Scams

Protecting your personal information is as important as ever. Tax season is no exception.

Here are some of the ways crooks are tricking people for tax information:

  1. Phishing: Emails or websites that ask to provide “missing” personal information. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund.
  2. Phone Scams: The tax agency has issued a new warning about calls or texts from thieves posing as IRS agents warning about owing money and threatening arrest, deportation or other action unless you settle an outstanding balance via wire transfer or preloaded debit card.
  3. Criminal Tax Preparers: Tax return preparers who use personal information for refund fraud, identity theft and other crimes.
  4. Fake Charities: Solicitations pretending to be from charitable organizations. These criminal enterprises take money for their personal gain and often sell stolen credit card or banking information to others.

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Bring the Kids—and the Dogs—to Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey!

At Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey, CEA members save more than 50% on premium seats at select games throughout the season. You and your family pay $18 for seats normally priced at $41.

Join your colleagues for a special game on Sunday, March 31, at 3 p.m., where you can bring your whole family—yes, including the dog!—and meet Paw Patrol characters Chase and Marshall.

Get your tickets at cea.org/mb. Read more

Cut Your Propane Costs Today

Residents of Connecticut pay a lot for propane, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average price per gallon for most of this winter has been barely under $3.00.

The price is so high here in the northeast because almost all propane in the United States is stored either in Texas or Oklahoma. The expense of transportation—by pipeline, rail, or container truck—increases the costs.

The good news is that CEA members have a solution available to them: Tankfarm. The Tankfarm Group partners with local propane supplies to install tanks and make deliveries, but it is Tankfarm, not the supplier, that sets the pricing and terms. The result for CEA members? Annual savings that can run into the thousands of dollars.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You can get an instant quote for propane at tankfarmgroup.com/cea
  2. If you like the quote, you can apply online in minutes.
  3. You’ll get an appointment with a Tankfarm partner supplier to have your tanks replaced or inspected.
  4. Once that’s done, you’ll get your first delivery, and the partner supplier will make sure you never run out of propane.

It’s that simple. The best part is that there are no charges for setup, tanks, or deliveries, and there is no hazmat, low-usage or any other kind of fee. Because you’re a member of CEA, you’ll also receive $50 worth of free propane upon signup and a certificate for a $100 equipment upgrade.

Consider a visit to the Tankfarm website at tankfarmgroup.com/cea to get your instant quote. It might just save you hundreds of dollars.

For more information, call 1-855-976-4141 or email support@tankfarmgroup.com.

March Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

March is here, and spring is right around the corner. Don’t miss out on spring break savings available from NEA Member Benefits on hotels, rental cars, guided tours, and more!

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

Has the thought of spring break got you dreaming of warmer climes? 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 March!* Read more

Save Big With CEA Member Discounts Over February Break!

Whether you’re staying at home or traveling over the Presidents’ Day long weekend, you can save with CEA member benefits. From discounts at Vermont and Massachusetts ski slopes to savings at area museums to deals on car rentals and airport parking, your CEA membership card goes a long way.

Below are just some of the deals available to you as a CEA member.

 

Are You Missing Out on These Educator Tax Deductions?

Legislation passed late in 2015 made many “tax extenders” semi-permanent, but there are still a few esoteric items that keep everyone on tenterhooks when, as once again this year, Congress fails to pass the tax bill by the end of the year. The new Congress is likely to make them retroactive once they finally do pass the bill in 2019.

In addition, 2018 is the first tax year that most of the new provisions of last year’s tax reform apply, so there are a lot of changes. Read more