A great museum can offer insight into life in the past, let you view famous works of art or explain the inner workings of everything from a space shuttle to a dinosaur. Visiting a museum is part of the fun of traveling, whether it is a destination in itself (such as the Smithsonian Institution or the Metropolitan Museum of Art) or a lesser-known find (such as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, or the Mütter Museum of medical history in Philadelphia).
Some museums, such as The British Museum in London and the 19 that make up the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., are always free, while others have a pay-what-you-wish policy that lets you set your budget.
But many museums charge admission fees. Although the average U.S. museum admission fee is just $7, according to the U.S. Embassy, it’s not unusual for popular museums to charge $15 or $20 for adults. If you want to bring the whole family with you, that can really add up. Read more
There may only be a few weeks of summer left, but that leaves plenty of time for vacation and some back to school shopping. Don’t forget to check out the discounts available to NEA members through NEA member benefits!
NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for August 2018
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
A well-planned, well-executed upgrade can add comfort, convenience, beauty and value to your home. Unfortunately, not all improvement projects turn out well. We’ve all heard horror stories of contractors who damage property, delay completion, add unexpected charges and cause other problems that can leave homeowners loaded with regrets—and big bills.
Take these six simple precautions before and during the project to ensure that everything will go smoothly:
Do your homework
Before you start looking for contractors, research the project you’re considering, suggests home improvement expert Philip Schmidt, author of Don’t Sweat It … Hire It! An A to Z Guide to Finding, Hiring & Managing Home Improvement Pros. You can find information in home-improvement magazines and books and via Internet resources such as YouTube and other layman-friendly sites.
The goal here is not to become an expert, he says. Rather, you need to gather information about best practices, products and materials that are being used for this type of job. Then, you can ask informed questions of your potential contractors and ensure that all necessary details are covered in the contract.
As a busy educator, your journey through life offers new adventures at every turn: enriching students, finding work/life balance, and giving back to your community.
In appreciation for all that you do, NEA Member Benefits is giving educators the chance to win a new 2018 vehicle and ride in style courtesy of California Casualty.
Summer is almost here! Remember to check out the deals and discounts available from NEA Member Benefits before you head off on vacation or make purchases for your home.
NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for June 2018
With Dads and grads in the spotlight, and summer around the corner, it’s time for some fun! 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 June!* Read more
Planning any travel this summer? NEA Member Benefits can help you on the budget front. Savvy shoppers know that there are dozens of travel hacks to save money on your next trip. Bookmark these 15 simple tips and refer to them the next time you plan to hit the road.
Airfare Travel Hacks
Airfare can be the single most expensive part of any trip and you know that a lot of the sage advice from experts—like “be flexible with your departure dates and times”—isn’t always easy to heed for an educator with limited vacation days. Still, there are some methods you can use to shave a few dollars off your airfare. Read more
From great deals on your next car to discounts at the GE Appliances Store to a new, affordable group tour program for NEA Members, there are lots of opportunities to save this May through NEA Member Benefits.
NEA Click & Save “Buy-lights” for May 2018
Whether you’re celebrating a graduation, a new baby or an upcoming wedding, make the occasion special! 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 May!* Read more
Maybe you didn’t withhold enough, forgot to pay estimated taxes for a side gig or you made another kind of honest mistake, and now you have a big, looming tax bill coming your way. This happens to many Americans, and, in certain cases, they will struggle to settle up on what they owe.
The consequences can grow quite costly: If you can’t pay taxes owed by the original filing due date, you’ll be subject to both interest and late-payment penalties, according to the IRS. The IRS advises taxpayers in this situation to file on time even if they can’t pay the entire balance. And it’s best to pay that balance as soon as possible to avoid additional charges. Specifically, the additional charges could amount to penalties of 5% of the tax due for every month, or fraction of month, that the return is overdue, according to Mark Luscombe, principal federal tax analyst at Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting. Read more
Now through April 5, CEA members can visit the NEA Member Benefits site and enter for a chance to win great prizes. Enter once a week for each new giveaway and increase your odds of winning!
Prizes include $200 Amazon.com Gift Cards, $200 Visa® Reward Cards, and 128 GB Apple iPads—seven winners are selected each week.
Click here to find out more and enter for a chance to win.
There are so many benefits to being a member of CEA and NEA, and among them are the savings you receive on certain products and services. You can always visit the CEA Member Benefits website for regular savings just for CEA members, and the NEA Member Benefits site for discounts for all NEA members.
Below are specific offers NEA Member Benefits is highlighting for March. Read more