I love discounts. I love good deals. But I never met another person as crazy about better prices than my husband. He can spend hours searching for that bang for his buck. So he was really happy when he found out that homeschoolers get educator's discounts too. Having a homemade Homeschool ID card (look below for directions) and/or your Homeschool Association ID card for both parent (principal/teacher of the homeschool) and child (student) is important in getting those discounts.
We just renewed our card at Barnes & Noble's. Their Educator Discount is 20% off anything used for education. The also have Educator's Week where everything is 25% off, including personal items.
We have been buying educational toys for 10% off at toy stores, like Learning Express.
We also joined Homeschool Buyer's Coop. Probably started by someone like my husband, it is now the world's largest coop for homeschoolers allowing 20-90% off curricula.
But guess what? There's more discounts for homeschoolers, according to Ms. Dunheim's article Benefits of Homeschool ID Cards of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, you can get:
- student discounts at sports-related activities, conferences, museums, zoos, movies and anywhere else they allow student discounts
- educator discounts at Staples, Kinkos, CompUSA, Office Depot, Wal-Mart (fabric department), AC Moore Crafts, Ben Franklin Crafts, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, Borders Books, B Dalton Books, Half-Price Books, Books-A-Million, and Book Warehouse
- free rental of classroom videos from both Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video
- educator discounts at Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe
How To Make Your Own Homeschool ID Card? On card stock, place the following information:
- name of homeschool, address, e-mail, phone number
- school year
- name of student/teacher/principle and title underneath
- signature line
Laminate when done.