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IEA MEMBERS ARE SAVING “SCADS” OF MONEY USING THE IEA’S EDUCATOR ACCESS DISCOUNT PROGRAM

The Educator Access Discount Program is a way for IEA members to save money on every day, local purchases, online purchases, hotels, restaurants, automotive services, condos and resorts, cruises and tours, entertainment and recreation, movies, services, etc., etc., etc. 

How much money is “SCADS”?  IEA Members who have used the program have saved, in the past 12 months, $124,866.00!!  Another way to illustrate:

  • For the January through June, 2019 period the following is reported:  Using the online provider in January our members redeemed 128 times saving $5402; February – 118, $5394; March – 106, $4178; April – 43, $1122; May – 52, $1198; June – 60, $5592
  • For the same period and using the mobile app:  January – 57, $7741; February – 70, $2583; March – 65, $1246; April – 29, $334; May – 37, $1764; June – 47, $5062.
  • And the combined (online and app):  January – 185, $13,143; February – 188, $7,977; March – 171, $5,424; April – 72, $1,456; May – 89, $2,962; June – 107, $10,654.
  • You combine all those stats and you have in this 6-month period:  1842 redeems from IEA members for a total savings of those redemptions of $81,646. average that out and the figures comes to $44.32 savings for each redemption.

How do you take advantage of similar savings?  Go to the IEA website (www.idahoea.org), scroll down to the picture of the IEA membership card, (click).  This takes you to the Educator Access web site.  Here you register using your member number and the email address that IEA has on file for you.  (If you don’t know your member number, any IEA office can tell you or check out the mailing label on any NEA mailing to you.)  Once you have registered you can visit anytime.  You will see that there are thousands of options for savings.  Search and enjoy!  While there you can check out how to download a mobile app so that you will be able to save money anywhere!!

Do it and YOU WILL NEVER BE SORRY!!

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9 WAYS TO STRETCH YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL BUDGET

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 2017-2018 school year, educators spent an average of $652 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 nine tips to get you back to school without blowing your budget!

1. 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.  NEA Click & Save has saved your fellow members more than $20 million so far. 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. 

To find out more about the kinds of items you can buy through NEA Click & Save, read our popular article titled “10 Everyday Discounts You’re Missing Out On.”

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!

2. 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.

3. 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.)

4. 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.

5. Opt for apps and online coupons

Don’t bother clipping paper coupons, says Lal. “A teacher’s time is valuable” and “it’s easier to find coupons online.” Try sites such as Retail Me NotCoupon Sherpa and Coupon Cabin.

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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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For NEA Members: SCHOLARSHIP DRAWING for $5000!!

NEA Member Benefits is offering NEA members a chance to win $5,000 cash! It’s NEA MB’s way of rewarding you for your dedication and helping you further your own educational pursuits.

Now through August 31, 2019, enter each month at www.neamb.com.

If you’re the lucky $5,000 winner, you could choose to fund professional development courses for yourself, cover some of your expenses toward National Board Certification, or even help family members with their college tuition!

To enter, visit www.neamb.com or call the NEA Member Service Center at 1-800-637-4636.

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What do summertime Relaxing, Retirement planning and Rail trails have in common? Visit NEAMB.com to learn why summer is a good time to focus on these three “Rs”:

  • Find ways to stay fit while on vacation with 5 simple exercises, plus learn how to plan now for future health expenses. www.neamb.com/family
  • Paying for college doesn’t need to be a drain on your pocketbook—and neither do family vacations.  Learn how to survive the summer paycheck gap, find money for college, and make the most of your vacation budget.  www.neamb.com/finance
  • Do you already get the Savvy Shoppers Guide?  If not, sign up now to receive a summer cheat sheet with the best strategies to rack up savings on summertime fun.  www.neamb.com/shoppersguide

  • Is biking one of your pastimes?  Explore America’s rail trails on two wheels.  Or perhaps going to a seafood festival is more to your liking.  Read up on the top 5 seafood festivals across the U.S.  www.neamb.com/travel
  • Trying to decide if a new car is in your future?  Check out calculators that can help you decide if you should buy a set of new wheels or repair the vehicle you already have parked in your driveway.  www.neamb.com/car
  • Let us help you prepare to buy a new home.  Read tips on finding your next home, plus recommendations on staging your current one, just like the pros do!  www.neamb.com/yourhome
  • Follow six simple ways to get your finances in order and your retirement planning back on track. Our Retirement Calculators, designed especially for educators, can help you get started.  www.neamb.com/retirement
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SUMMER SKIP PAYMENT OPTION WITH NEA AUTO & HOME INSURANCE

This summer rest your mind and your budget.

As an educator, you do so much throughout the school year. Here’s your chance to take a break from the routine and give your budget a break, too.

The NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program, provided by California Casualty, offers NEA members great rates on auto and home/renters insurance along with flexible payment options, including Summer Skip.  (ANOTHER GREAT REASON TO INSURE WITH CALIFORNIA CASUALTY.)

You Choose

This payment option is designed for educators and enables you to skip your auto and home insurance payments during the two summer months that matter most to you.

California Casualty wants to help you maximize your summer fun without worrying about auto or home insurance bills. It’s simple to set up: just contact a California Casualty insurance advisor at 1.800.800.9410, or visit www.calcas.com/payments

Enjoy your summer break and know that California Casualty is there when you need them. Learn more about your NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program benefits, including EZ Pay options and Holiday/Summer Skip, at www.neamb.com/autohome.

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VERY POPULAR IEA BENEFIT – EDUCATOR ACCESS DISCOUNT PROGRAM

The year was 1984. A determined entrepreneur named Larry Maxfield launched a company with a database of discounts. Thirty-five years (and millions of happy members, including IEA members) later, the mission is as clear as it’s ever been: Empower people to experience more by adding value to every purchase.

In pursuit of that mission, Educator Access has spent the last few years making significant developments to its core products and processes. For instance, the ambitious new travel and activities platform promises to drive continued success into the next decade and beyond.

IEA members who have taken advantage of this discount program have been saving considerable amounts of money.  In January IEA members collectively saved $4,178.  In February, $5,394.  In March, $5,402.  Savings are available throughout the United States. 

With summer break upon us, to take advantage as well, go to
idahoea.accessdevelopment.com and follow the prompts to register and begin to participate in this valuable IEA benefit.  On the site you can also download an app to enable you to have discounts available right at your fingertips wherever you are.  If you need your member ID number to register, IEA Member Benefits can supply that information. Email us at iea-mbc@idahoea.org

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Idaho Schools Score Athletics Grants from California Casualty

Athletes at Initial Point High School in Kuna and Wendell Middle School will benefit from the 2019 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. They are among 64 public middle schools and high schools in 32 states awarded a total of $67,000 to aid sports programs affected by tight budgets.

The Idaho schools each received between $1,000 and $1,500. 

Wendell Middle will buy much needed uniforms for the track and cross country teams, while Initial Point High is planning on purchasing upgraded equipment for the football, basketball, and volleyball teams.  The awards were presented at the recent IEA Delegate Assembly in Couer d’ Alene.  Accepting the award for Dave Fry (Kuna/Initial Point H.S. – $1000 [football, basketball, volleyball]) was Shelly Hopkins, Kuna President.

Wendell’s track coach Wendy Smith stated, “The cost of equipment has gone up so much that our athletes have not received new uniforms in over 10 years.”   Peggy Hoy, Region 4 IEA Board of Directors accepted Wendy’s award.

The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, an avid sportsman who has observed that lessons learned on athletic fields – teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship – translate to the classroom and beyond.

Since its inception in 2011, more than $738,000 has been awarded to over 660 schools across the nation.

“The Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants benefit students and communities, and California Casualty is proud to support that effort,” said Lisa Almeida, Assistant Vice President.

California Casualty has other initiatives that give back to educators for all their hard work including the following grants:


$250 Music and Arts Grants www.calcasmusicartsgrant.com

$200 Help Your Classroom Grants www.calcas.com/help-your-classroom

$7,500 School Lounge Makeover® www.schoolloungemakeover.com

Founded in 1914, California Casualty has partnered with the IEA since 1988 to provide members auto and home insurance tailored to their professional needs. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with Service Centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. To learn more about California Casualty, or to request an auto insurance quote, please visit www.calcas.com/IEA or call 1.888.511.7623.

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TICKETS at WORK PROVIDES IEA MEMBERS ACCESS to THOUSANDS of EXCLUSIVE TRAVEL and ENTERTAINMENT DISCOUNTS

In case you’re planning to use your tax return to do something fun now or in the summer, we want to remind you that you can stretch those dollars with access to thousands of travel and entertainment discounts through IEA Member Benefit’s partnership with TicketsatWork.

Whether you plan to book a trip, get tickets for a concert, show, sporting event, or theme park, or stay local and catch a movie, there’s something for everyone. Check out ticketsatwork.com for the latest offers.

If you haven’t signed up yet, click ‘become a member’ and enter our company code: IDAHO

Here are some great examples: Legoland – save up to 40%; all 4 Disney World theme parks – $87/day; Universal Orlando Resort – buy 2 days, get 3 days free; save up to 40% on Broadway tickets; etc., etc., etc.

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COVERAGE YOU CAN DEPEND ON FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE – NEA LIFE INSURANCE – SOME OF IT IS FREE!!!

As an eligible NEA member,* you’ve got the protection of NEA Complimentary Life Insurance, issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America — but you should name a beneficiary to make sure your loved ones are covered.

Go to neamb.com/free-tote and register your beneficiary to get this FREE tote. Or call 1-855-NEA-LIFE (632-5433) and mention offer code:

TOTEBAG FREE

Visit neamb.com/protect to learn about all the solutions available to help meet your insurance needs.

* Visit us online or call for eligibility requirements.

NEA Members Insurance Trust is a registered trademark of the NEA Members Insurance Trust. NEA Complimentary Life Insurance is issued by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, NJ. 0302614-00002-00

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SEE AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS AND GET IN FREE ON CERTAIN DAYS

The National Parks have been hailed as America’s best idea. See your parks for free this year, with free entry days at parks. The days with free entry are:

  • Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Sept. 28: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day

If you’re not up for camping during your visit, you can save money with your Educator Access discounts on hotels just outside the parks. See the natural wonders by day, and sleep at night in a cozy hotel with soft mattresses and hot showers. This IEA member benefit has saved IEA members thousands of dollars.  Go to ieamemberbenefits.org, click on the picture of the IEA membership card and follow the prompts.

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LATEST NEA MEMBER BENEFIT – NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator powered by Savi

Access this free tool and start your journey to student loan freedom!

Are you exasperated managing your student loans?

This NEW Member Benefit can help! As an educator, you may be able to have all or part of your federal student loans forgiven!

·  FREE online student loan evaluation tool that will show programs for which you may qualify and how much you can save.

·  Access to student loan experts via telephone or chat.

·  Complete list of repayment options and loan forgiveness programs based on your personal information.

·  For the discounted price of $29.95, you can also have the tool fill out and help file your paperwork.

Check out the NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator powered by Savi

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