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
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
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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
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
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
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or so the song goes. But everyone who travels knows that winter weather, heavy traffic and flight delays cause additional stress during the holiday season. Keep things calm by planning ahead and using a travel checklist.
Conquer seasonal travel-related hassles using these tips and strategies from NEA Member Benefits. Make your list, check it twice, and get ready to bring cheer and smiles while saving time and money as we head into the holiday season. Read more
The holiday season will be here soon—get started on your preparations now and take advantage of great savings exclusively for CEA and NEA members.
NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for November 2019
Prepare now for a stress-free and enjoyable holiday season! 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 November!* Read more
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This fall save on your cell phone bill, autumn wardrobe, new appliances, and more thanks to your membership with NEA.
NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for October 2019
Get ready for the change of seasons and indulge your nesting instincts! 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 October!* Read more