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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!
Cut the cost of out-of-pocket classroom expenses with these savvy money saving tips.
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!
- Use your NEA member benefits.Save on your back-to-school needs—get discounts on brand name clothing, electronics, books, computers and other merchandise and services from hundreds of leading companies and local retailers through the NEA Click & Save program. You can also earn WOWPoints on purchases that you can spend later in NEA Click & Save stores. It’s easy to use and well worth the time. As of May 2017, NEA members have collectively saved over $12 million!
While you’re back-to-school shopping, get the most out of purchase rewards with the NEA Cash Rewards Card. You’ll earn 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs, and 3% cash back on gas for the first $2,500 in combined grocery store, wholesale club and gas purchases each quarter. And there’s a special incentive for new account holders: You can qualify for a $150 cash rewards bonus by using your new Cash Rewards credit card to make at least $500 in purchases within 90 days of your account’s open date.
And don’t forget to check out our extensive Teacher Discounts list for books and magazines, clothing and jewelry, classroom supplies and teaching aids, professional development, electronics, food and much more. We’ve scoured the stores and done the deals-searching for you!
- Share your wish list
If you hand out a classroom “wish list” to tell parents what you need, save on time and copying by posting your list online, suggests Kathryn Lagden, who works for TeacherLists.com and is vice president of strategy for the site’s parent company, School Family Media.
“Declining school budgets make it more and more necessary for teachers to figure out creative solutions to keep try to their classrooms supplied,” Lagden adds. She says TeacherLists.com is a free service that makes posting and sharing wish lists “really simple and effective.”
Right now, there are more than 800,000 (teacher) lists on the site, Lagden says. The most often requested items are basic supplies such as tissues, markers, paper towels and re-sealable bags.
Lists can be posted for individual classrooms or the entire schools. Make your list, post it once, then maintain or update it as needed. Parents can access your list instantly on their computers or smartphone while shopping in stores, or on any device, any time.
- Ask for donations
Join a gifts-in-kind organization like the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources, suggests NAIER president and CEO Gary C. Smith. NAEIR collects donations of new merchandise from US corporations such as Microsoft, Stanley Tools, 3M, Rubbermaid and many others, and redistributes them for free to their not-for-profit members, including teachers and schools.
The donated items include free class materials, office and art supplies, janitorial supplies, sporting goods, tools, toys, software books and media, personal care items, party goods and more, Smith says. Teachers browse catalogs of available supplies and ask for what they need. Typically, members pay “a modest annual membership fee, plus nominal shipping and handling costs,” Smith says. (At time of writing, NAEIR was offering educators free membership.)
- Go social
Shop for supplies and classroom needs online, suggests frugal living, shopping and travel expert Jon Lal, founder and CEO of BeFrugal.com. “Sign up for emails from your favorite stores, or follow them on social media, to hear about sales as soon as they’re happening,” he suggests.
Try free tools to manage those emails. Kristen Strem, spokesperson for Unroll.me and Slice, says people save money when their promotion and deal emails are organized in one easy-access place. Your “roll-up” (screen) on Unroll.me shows all your special offers, sorted and saved daily, so they’re not forgotten, lost, or buried under the crush of spam.
- Opt for apps and online coupons
Or, before you buy, search “coupon code” plus the item name, adds Brad Hines, a lesson plan creator on Teachers Pay Teachers and personal finance blogger. “There is zero excuse” not to look for coupons on every online purchase but if you don’t have time, he suggests an app called Honey that finds coupons for you automatically at the time of purchase.
For shopping on your iPhone and Android phone, a mobile app called Shopular can help you save money by delivering “geo-targeted coupons” to your phone while you’re shopping, at the retailer’s doorstep. See who else is selling the product and who has the best price (including tax and shipping fees) with the PriceGrabber app.
Use RetailMeNot‘s mobile app to get sale information, find discounts and load coupon codes to your phone while you shop. Show the code on your phone at the checkout counter to redeem your coupon.
- Take advantage of free shipping. Look for free shipping offers and plan your purchases to take advantage of the savings they provide, suggests Lal. Many stores offer you free shipping when your order totals a certain dollar amount. If you want to buy one item but it doesn’t cost enough to qualify for free shipping, don’t check out yet. Save your cart and keep shopping until you’ve added enough items to the order to get free shipping.
- Comparison shop
Use price comparison tools to make sure you’re getting the best deal. “When shopping for school supplies, don’t buy the first thing you see. Shop around to make sure you’re getting the best price” or use a price comparison tool like Priceblink.com, suggests company founder and Savings Expert Karl Quist. He says Priceblink finds best deals, free shipping, coupon codes, and more, saving users time—and an average “15 to 20 percent” on everything from highlighters to printers to office equipment including printers, tablets, laptops, and more.
For example, Quist found a Canon MB2020 all-in-one printer priced at $129.99. The deal sounded good because the price was “marked down from $179.99” at Office Depot. But when Quist checked the same printer through Priceblink, it showed “several other stores have it available for $89.99—that’s a difference of $40,” he says.
- Save after the fact
Saving money after your purchase with tools like Slice that monitor price drops, suggests Strem. The app makes it easier to get a “price match refund if that backpack you bought recently went on sale,” she says. And its handy receipt tracking feature “is great for teachers who buy classroom materials out of pocket and plan to expense later” or claim as a deduction on that year’s tax return.
- Time your shopping.
Just as holiday products are cheaper after the holiday, school supplies are cheaper after the school year begins. “If you can, wait to buy school supplies until after Labor Day,” Lal says. “Prices will drop severely late in the season.”
Bonus Tip: Be super-organized and shop a year ahead!
Hines takes timed shopping a step further. “Buy with next year in mind” to save even more. When you find a sale or special price on something your classroom will need next year, buy it now and store it for later instead of waiting until you need it, when it may not be on sale. Bonus: if the price goes up during the year, you’ll save even more by buying now.
From National Education Association and Idaho Education Association Member Benefits, welcome to the beginning of another school year. Your dedication to educating America’s next generation is greatly appreciated by your professional organization, from the national to the local levels.
NEA Member Benefits is proud to offer all kinds of “starting the school year” resources that will be valuable to you personally and professionally. Looking for classroom resources? We have some for you. Wellness resources, shopping resources, financial resources? Likewise. Visit the NEA Member Benefits website (neamb.com/BTS) to learn more. There is also information about limited time offers you might want to check out.
Monthly, during the school year, you will be receiving another edition of this electronic newsletter that will bring to you information about the benefits available to you because you are an IEA/NEA member. Plus, you will receive some valuable tips (see following stories.) Be sure to think about taking advantage.
Once again, WELCOME BACK!!
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.
More ways to use your association benefits and save this summer:
NEA CLICK & SAVE – This 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.
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)
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!!
California Casualty has been a business partner with IEA Member Benefits since 1988. Over 3000 IEA members (it is the most used benefit of all the association benefits available) will testify that this is a great insurance company with competitive pricing and outstanding services.
Plus, there are extra perks (most at no extra charge) you may not find with any other auto insurance company:
- $500 personal property coverage,
- deductible waiver if your auto is vandalized at or close to your school,
- summer or holiday skip payment option,
- ID defense,
- rates locked in for a full year (California Casualty had a rate reduction in Idaho this past September),
- towing and roadside assistance, etc., etc., etc.
See the ad and get a quote for great coverage.
Through the NEA Home Financing Program, with financing provided by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, NEA members, their parents and children have access to a wide range of home loan options to meet a variety of needs and receive a special benefit after closing.
Spring is a great time to take a fresh look at what needs to be done around a home and consider any home financing goals you have for the future.
Things to check around the house
No matter where you live, now is a good time to take inventory of what to take care of at home, to ensure that you’re ready for the months ahead. Be sure to check off the following items:
- Check the batteries in the smoke alarms and flashlights
- Replenish any emergency items like water
- Have your air conditioner inspected by a professional
- Check exterior doors and windows for cracked or broken glass
Review insurance needs
It’s important to evaluate homeowners insurance coverage on a regular basis. This will help make sure that coverage keeps pace with the cost to repair or rebuild a home and replace its contents, including any upgrades made over time. While this could lead to higher premiums, it helps to be more adequately insured and less vulnerable to high out-of-pocket expenses.
The following are just a few items that can affect insurance and the premium being paid:
- Home remodeling project
- Installation of a pool or trampoline
- The age of a house and roof—and the materials
- A home-based business
To ensure that you’re properly covered, contact an insurance agent and review coverage every year. In addition:
- Consider combining your policies. Many insurance companies offer discounts for bundling policies.
- Purchase umbrella liability insurance to protect yourself against claims that may exceed your current coverage limits. Umbrella policies generally offer $1 million or more in additional coverage at reasonable rates.
Think about your future home financing needs
A regular mortgage check helps you think about whether your mortgage still aligns with your current goals, such as making renovations, buying your next home or a vacation property, refinancing your current mortgage, or helping one of your children buy their first home. Checking in with your home mortgage consultant to evaluate your current situation only takes a few minutes and is a great opportunity to help ensure you’re making the changes necessary to meet your goals. Even making a small adjustment, such as changing your payment schedule, could benefit you in the long run.
Add to your list a look at the NEA Home Financing Program. You can buy a new home or refinance with this Association member benefit. After closing on a loan through the NEA Home Financing Program, you’re eligible to receive a MyMortgage GiftSM award from Wells Fargo approximately 6 weeks after closing — $500 for buying a home, or $300 for refinancing your home – for use at participating retailers. 1
To learn more, call the NEA Home Financing Program at 800-632-4968 or visit us online.
Eligible individuals can receive the Wells Fargo My Mortgage GiftSM award approximately 6 weeks after closing on a new purchase or refinance loan secured by an eligible first mortgage or deed of trust with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (“New Loan”), subject to qualification, approval and closing, when identifying themselves as eligible. The My Mortgage GiftSM award is not available with any Wells Fargo Three-Step Refinance SYSTEM® program, The Relocation Mortgage Program® or to any Wells Fargo team member. Only one My Mortgage Gift award is permitted per eligible (“New Loan”). This award cannot be combined with any other award, discount or rebate, except for yourFirstMortgageSM. This award is void where prohibited, transferable, and subject to change or cancellation with no prior notice. Awards may constitute taxable income. Federal, state and local taxes, and any use of the award not otherwise specified in the Terms and Conditions (also provided at receipt of award) are the sole responsibility of the My Mortgage GiftSM recipient.
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has a services agreement with NEA’s Member Benefit Corporation in which NEA’s Member Benefit Corporation receives a financial benefit for providing agreed upon services. You are encouraged to shop around to ensure you are receiving the services and loan terms that fit your home financing needs.
Information is accurate as of date of distribution. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. © 2017 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. NMLSR ID 399801
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.
Accidents and illness coverage from Pets Best reimburses you for many common procedures and illnesses such as:
• Emergency visits
• 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.
Your savings can grow faster with the NEA® Online Savings Account through Discover Bank, Member FDIC. You get a rate that’s consistently among the nation’s highest—5x the national savings average 1. Plus you get additional member-only benefits:
No minimum deposit to open
$50 Bonus 2 for members who open and fund a new NEA Online Savings Account by May 31, 2017 and make an initial minimum deposit of $500 or more by June 15, 2017.
NEA Member Benefits is going all out to celebrate NEA members throughout May! Here’s how NEA Member Benefits is appreciating YOU all month long:
31 Days of Giving – You’ll have a chance to win awesome daily prizes – or the grand prize of $1,000 – every day in May! Starting at noon ET on May 1, go to neamb.com/appreciation every afternoon to find out that day’s giveaway. You can enter once a day, every day, through May 31.
Limited-time deals and freebies – You’ll also have access to lots of exclusive discounts and gifts to thank you for all the hard work you do every day.
This is NEA MB’s way of saying “thank you” for everything that you do to help shape America’s future.
Don’t miss out: Go to neamb.com/appreciation starting at noon on May 1!
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
- 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.
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.
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.