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NEA CLICK AND SAVE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY ON YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Check out the most popular discount program for NEA members and their families. This exclusive shopping service offers savings on brand name merchandise from hundreds of top retailers, online stores, and local merchants. Save on clothing, electronics, restaurants, jewelry, movie tickets and more! Plus WOW points can be earned with every Click and Save (C&S) purchase that will allow you to save even more on future purchases (or even get something FREE!) For details about how to use this great benefit follow these examples.

 

  • HomeClick.com:  Save on selected kitchen and bath products, including small electrics, tableware, and cookware, plus outdoor items such as grills, fountains, fireplaces and mailboxes. Earn 1X the WOWPoints on all orders.
  • BedBath&Beyond:  Spruce up your home for the holidays with daily deals and 2X the WOWPoints. Get free shipping on orders of $29 or more.
  • OmahaSteaks.com:  Not just steaks! Find great prices on seafood, deli-style meats, desserts, and appetizers. Earn 5X the WOWPoints on your order.
  • ThePopcornFactory.com:  Celebrate any occasion with a festive gift of gourmet popcorn or other special treats.
  • MovieTickets.com: Save on tickets to the latest blockbuster movies and Broadway shows such as The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Hello Dolly!
  • eBags.com: eBags is the world’s largest online retailer of bags and accessories for all lifestyles. Get free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
  • C&S Apparel Store: Check out fall new arrivals and holiday picks from such retailers as Macy’s, Columbia, Nordstrom Rack, and UnderArmour. Earn up to 6X the WOWPoints on your purchase!

 

Be sure to check C&S often for unadvertised, limited time offers, including discount dining certificates from Restaurant.com. Join the 429,100 NEA members already registered for NEA Click & Save. Go to www.neamb.com/clickandsave or http://www.neamb.com/shopping-discounts/nea-click-and-save-retail-discounts.htm and start saving today!

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5 Simple Ways to Save Money This Winter

Spending a little time now can save you money at home and on the road over the cold winter months.

Winter is right around the corner. Now’s the time to start winterizing your home to help curb high utility bills and your car to help prevent unexpected car repairs. Here are 5 quick tips to get you started

1. Have a pro inspect your HVAC system. Heating your home is a large chunk of your energy bill, so it’s important to have your home heating system checked regularly to make sure it’s running at peak efficiency. If it’s struggling due to old, dirty filters or failing components, your energy costs can go up.

EnergyStar.gov recommends having your system tuned up once per year. Contact a qualified HVAC contractor to inspect your system. For more home tips, read “15 Simple Ways to Winterize Your Home.”

2. Install a programmable thermostat. One of the easiest ways to manage your energy use is to install a programmable thermostat. (Although there are special considerations if you have a heat pump.) These thermostats can automatically adjust the temperature in your home at certain times of the day.

Dialing back your thermostat about 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day can cut your home heating costs by about 10%, depending on the severity of your climate. Also, you can lower your home’s temperature even further while the house is empty during the day, and then turn it up about the time you come home. You’ll find plenty of programmable thermostats at different prices and with different features.

3. Use curtains strategically. It sounds almost too simple, but use the sun to your advantage! Open the curtains of south-facing windows to let the sun heat your home. Close them at night to keep out the cold. For a boost, try lined, insulated curtains; they can help prevent heat loss, block drafts and keep out some of the cold.

4. Switch to LED lights, inside and out. Love to light up your house for the holidays? Do you put up decorations for Halloween and keep your house brightly lit with cheery colors through St. Patrick’s Day? Save on electricity costs by switching to LED lights. Most decorations now have LED counterparts.

While LEDs can be a more expensive initial investment, they can last much longer than traditional bulbs, so your long-term replacement cost can be less—and less frustrating thanks to fewer burned out bulbs! LEDs also produce less heat and use less electricity, so over the long haul you’ll see savings.

5. Be proactive about winter car maintenance. Change your battery if it’s old, check and replace worn belts and top off important fluids. Taking care of the small things now can help you avoid a costly break-down and expensive towing charges later.

And as the temperature drops, so can your tires’ air pressure. Inflating them to the correct pressure can save you money on gas. For more information about winterizing your car read “Get Ready for Winter With Our Car-care Checklist.”

Bonus tip: Use your NEA member benefits! Save on a programmable thermostat, insulated curtains or even LED holiday lights when you shop at stores such as The Home Depot, Kohl’s, Best Buy and more through NEA Click & Save.

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NEW! NEA Member Shopper’s Guide Newsletter

Looking to save money on everything from electronics to home furniture to movie tickets and everything in between? As an NEA member, you have exclusive access to our NEW, member-only shopping newsletter, the NEA Member Shopper’s Guide.

 

As a subscriber to the NEA Member Shopper’s Guide, you will receive tips and advice on how to save on products you love and services you need, delivered right to your inbox!

 

Ready to start saving? Click Here to subscribe now or visit:

https://www.neamb.com/sign-up-for-the-nea-members-shoppers-guide.htm

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Buying a New Car? Check the Resale Value

Even people who hold cars forever should pay attention to this metric.

By Miriam Cross

When you’re shopping for a new car, dickering with the dealer to lower the sticker price may be your main concern. But even if you drive the car until the wheels fall off, overlooking resale value could be a costly mistake. “Depreciation is the largest cost in owning a car, more so than fuel and repairs,” says Tim Fleming, an analyst for Kelley Blue Book (KBB). Even if you don’t plan to sell it anytime soon—or ever—how your vehicle retains its value is important. For example, if your car is totaled in an accident, insurers will cut you a check for the value of the car at the time of the incident.

Midsize pickup trucks and midsize and large SUVs hold their value best, according to KBB. That’s because cheaper gas and improved fuel economy have boosted their appeal. Electric vehicles and subcompact and luxury cars depreciate the most over time. (Porsches are an exception because low volume fuels demand from status-conscious buyers.) Sleek “performance” vehicles, such as the Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX, fare best after the bulky SUVs and trucks.

Resale values can vary widely among models within the same brand. For example, the Toyota Tacoma truck was named KBB’s resale winner for 2017, holding 67.5% of its value after three years and 57.5% of its value after five years. The 4Runner SUV came next, with a resale value of 62.2% after three years and 52.5% after five. But the tiny Prius C and Yaris models held only about 30% of their value after three years and 20% after five.

KBB and Edmunds.com both offer “cost to own” tools, which allow you to enter a make and model and calculate additional costs of vehicle ownership—including depreciation—over the course of five years. The higher the depreciation figure, the more value it loses over time.

One way to make depreciation work to your advantage is to buy a used car instead of a new one. Thanks to a glut of off-lease vehicles, prices for used cars have declined. Fleming says he expects the bargains in used cars to last another two years.

© 2017 The Kiplinger Washington Editors

 

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September 2017 – Hot Deals and Discounts from NEA Member Benefits

All revved up for the new school year? 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 September!*

*Note: Up-to-date information on merchant discounts, shipping terms and WOWPoints appears on the NEA Click & Save Web page at www.neamb.com/clickandsave and may change at any time. Don’t forget to use your WOWPoints—they’re just like cash (100 WOWPoints = $1; plus, no blackout dates and no expiration)!

Anthropologie.com:                                      Exclusively for teachers: 20% off full-price items until September 11, 2017!

Container Store.com:                                    Get your classroom and office organized with the latest products and free shipping on orders of $75 or more from The Container Store.

YogaOutlet.com:                                           Find apparel and accessories to get fit and set your mind and body at ease—without breaking the bank—plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more from The Yoga Outlet!

BlueApron.com:                                            Incredible Ingredients = Incredible Meals! Prepare gourmet meals at home and save $30 on your first order with Blue Apron—plus get free shipping on orders of $75 or more.

DiscountSchoolSupply.com:                                     Stock up now on classroom essentials, from arts & crafts materials and school supplies to educational toys and classroom furnishings. Get free shipping on orders of $79 or more.

The Walking Company:                               Check out the line of specialty footwear, including the latest in foot scanning technology and orthotics for all-day comfort at work, at play, or for a night on the town! Free shipping on orders of $100 or more.

Be sure to check C&S often for unadvertised, limited time offers, including discount dining certificates from Restaurant.com. Join the 427,000 NEA members already registered for NEA Click & Save. Go to www.neamb.com/clickandsave or http://www.neamb.com/shopping-discounts/nea-click-and-save-retail-discounts.htm and start saving today!

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Summer Break is Here – Take Advantage of Your Association Member Benefits, Save Money, and Enjoy!!!

USE YOUR EDUCATOR ACCESS DISCOUNT PROGRAM!

This is IEA’s most popular discount program: in the past year IEA members took advantage of 3,236 discounts with this program and saved a total of $127,370 as a result. Plan ahead to save money wherever you go this summer. Where can you save? Hotels, dining, condos and resorts, golf, movies, recreation, entertainment, cruises. You can also save on shopping.

Go to IEA Member Benefits website. Find and click on the picture of the IEA membership card to take you to the Access website. If needed, register with the last 7 digits of your membership number, your personal e-mail address, and create a password. You only need to register once. Each time thereafter you sign in with your e-mail and password. Browse the site and DISCOVER the thousands of ways to save!

You want to hear some testimonials, you say:

  • “I saved $50 a night which was 75% off the normal price on hotels in Portland.” – Shannon N, Boise;
  • “Roosevelt Bed and Breakfast – wonderful room and delicious gourmet breakfast for half the price.” – Jan S., Boundary County;
  • “I used the Access benefit when I went to Orlando one summer and was able to save over $400 in my hotel bill alone.” – Erlinda M. What Erlinda doesn’t tell you is that you can also save on theme park costs such as DisneyWorld, etc.

Find any Red Box and get DVDs, two for the price of one (use the app described below.)

Every time you eat at Chili’s you can get a free serving of chips and queso (with the app again.)

We don’t have the room and you don’t have the time to learn of the over quarter million discounts available nationwide.

There is a GPS friendly app that accompanies this Access benefit. The Access site will guide you to the app or you can download the “My Deals” app from the app store, register using your home email address and mobile password (1006 – [last 7 digits of] your membership number.) Wherever you are, the app will show the discounts in that vicinity.

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More ways to use your association benefits and save this summer:

NEA CLICK & SAVEThis a very popular discount purchasing program when you shop on line.  You and your family can save on brand name merchandise from hundreds of top retailers, restaurants, online stores, and local merchants. Just register and sign in on neamb.com to start shopping. New offers are added every day and you can set email reminders for your favorite merchants so you’ll be notified in advance of upcoming sales and discounts.

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TicketsatWork.com – Here’s a great way to save money and take advantage of discounts and special offers for many theme parks and attractions nationwide (should you plan to leave town and Idaho and see the rest of the country.) We’re talking about places such as

  • Walt Disney World Resort,
  • Universal Studios,
  • Disneyland Park,
  • Sea World,
  • Six Flags,
  • Cirque du Soleil,
  • Las Vegas and New York City shows and performances,
  • Busch Gardens,
  • Kennedy Space Center,
  • Orlando Balloon Rides,
  • Orlando Dinner Shows (oodles of other Orlando attractions)
  • Gray Line Grand Canyon Tours,
  • Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours,
  • Las Vegas Hotels (save as much as 50%) (oodles of Las Vegas attractions)
  • Knott’s Berry Farm,
  • San Diego Zoo,
  • Legoland (oodles of other California attractions)
  • Gray Line NYC sightseeing,
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (save 15% and skip the line),
  • New York City Explorer Pass (save 45%) (oodles more NYC attractions)

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And then there is the latest association benefit: NEA Vacations. Save on hotels and resorts, air fare, cruises, guided vacations, vacation packages. Earn NEA Travel Dollars to give you even more discounts. A member has reported that she saved $400 on two plane tickets!!

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Take Care of Your Pets

Pets are part of the family too, that’s why pet insurance from Pets Best is available to NEA members.

 What is pet insurance?

Pet insurance helps you pay expensive veterinary bills, so your pet can receive the recommended care they deserve.

How does pet insurance work?

Pet insurance is a reimbursement policy. You choose a reimbursement percentage from 70% up to 90%, and pair it with your desired deductible amount to create a plan that works with your budget.

What’s covered?

Accidents and illness coverage from Pets Best reimburses you for many common procedures and illnesses such as:

• Cancer
• Surgeries
• Prescriptions
• Emergency visits
• X-rays
• And much more…

With Pets Best…

• Premium options are flexible and affordable
• Most claims are paid in 5 days or less!
• Wellness options are available as add-ons
• You can be reimbursed within 5 days or less!
• You can take your pet to any licensed veterinarian in the country
• You pay an annual deductible, not per incident
• You have short waiting periods
• No upper-age restrictions and all breeds are eligible for coverage

Pets Best has you covered—from basic accident and illness plans to routine care—and plans start at less than $1 per day!
The next time you’re faced with an unexpected vet bill, let Pets Best help!

NEA members are eligible for a 5% discount.

Summer Fun Discounts from Access

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Access Educator Discounts can help you have a ton of fun without breaking the bank! Click these images to search for offers you can't resist.

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Book Your DREAM Vacation and Save BIG Through NEA Vacations

NEA Members Save on Airfare, Hotels, Resorts, Cruises and More!

NEA Vacations offers you a world of travel discounts. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or your dream getaway NEA members can see more and do more for less.
SAVE with access to prices not available elsewhere on:

  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Airlines
  • Cruises
  • Guided Vacations, Vacation Packages and more!

PLUS, as an added bonus, NEA Members can earn NEA Travel Dollars to use as partial payment on cruises, resorts, hotels and vacation packages.

Learn about this great BRAND NEW BENEFIT at https://www.neamb.com/travel/nea-vacations.htm.

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Summer is Coming – Plan Ahead by Using Your Association Member Benefits

In a month or a little more, IEA members will conclude their student contact for the current school year.  That is not to say that IEA members divorce themselves totally from their professional responsibilities during the summer.  We continue during the summer: advancing our  education expertise with professional development; planning and preparing for a new crop of students in the fall, etc.

However, summer is the opportunity for most IEA members to get some “rest and relaxation” and get mentally prepared for the next school year.  To assist in that ”R & R” be sure to check out how your association member benefits can help you.

If you plan to go someplace special, either in the US or abroad be sure to check out how you can benefit from discounts with the newly launched NEA Vacations.  Here you can find ways to save money on hotels and resorts, air travel, cruises, guided vacations and vacation packages.

Speaking of guided vacations, NEA Member Benefits offers two companies which specialize in those programs and provide discounts for NEA/IEA members: Trafalgar Guided Vacations and G-Adventures.

Even if you are staying close to home, you can save money in your pocket book by using a couple of valuable association discount programs. The NEA program Click and Save can save you up to 30% on all kinds of purchases:  apparel, movie tickets, restaurants and dining, house wares, hotels, gifts, appliances, etc.

Speaking of appliances, be sure to investigate this great benefit called GE Appliances Store. Save on that new refrigerator you have been needing.

Then there is the worldwide discount purchasing program through IEA Member Benefits called the Educator Discount Program. Save wherever you go with the mobile app MyDeals.

Or, if you are staying close to home, enjoy savings in your own back yard.  Did you know? –  Save up to 50% for dining needs, shopping, car services, cell phone service, entertainment, theme parks, hotel stays, cruises, movies, home improvement, MORE,MORE,MORE.  Examples: close to 600 discounts available in north Idaho, over 2000 discounts available in the treasure valley, close to 1000 discounts in east Idaho, over 250 discounts in the Magic Valley. IEA members have saved as much as $600 in one summer using this IEA member benefit.  Take advantage of your IEA/NEA member benefits and enjoy your summer.

From the IEA Executive Director

"I feel that being an IEA member is a professional right and responsibility. Partnering with MBC just makes your membership an even more valuable resource."

Sue (Scott) Wigdorski
Idaho Education Association
Executive Director

From the IEA President

“The IEA is the voice for public education in Idaho, the leader in professional development opportunities, and the greatest source for support for the education profession. Having access to discounts from an array of vendors through Member Benefits is an added bonus for members!”

Kari Overall
President
Idaho Education Association

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