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!
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.
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
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
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.
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 www.cea.org/yardgoats and automatically receive a $2 CEA member discount for each ticket you purchase.
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.
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
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