Best Store Discounts for Students and Teachers

Last Updated Sep 15, 2010 5:59 PM EDT

Being in academia - either as a student and educator - can earn you some serious savings in stores. I find that the list of retailers offering discounts to those who flash their student or school ID is growing.

In many cases you have to be a student at a college or university to qualify, but if you're in high school, it's still worth a try showing your ID. And whether you're a high school guidance counselor, a kindergarten teacher or college professor, showing your school ID can win you 15% to 25% off.

Here's a list of some of the best offers around. Most of these deals are valid only in stores, not online. And if you know of other stores offering great deals to students or teachers, please log in and share the info in the comments section below.

J.Crew: Students and teachers with a photo ID or ".edu" e-mail address get 15 percent off. The deal is valid in stores, over the phone and online.

Club Monaco: Students can earn a 15 to 20% discount depending on the location. This chan has no on-line shopping site.
Apple: Students and educators at all levels can still get lower prices on every day Apple products. Go to the Apple Store for Education and see what deals are available based on your school. I looked up Penn State, my alma mater, and found I could save around $50 on MacBooks.
Dell: Students can click on Dell's University Web site to find out what special deals they might qualify for, based on their school. There's a drop list on the left-hand side of the page with a list of schools.
The Limited: Students and teachers save 15% off every purchase at any The Limited store location.
Amazon.com: Students can sign up for a free Amazon Student account and get free Amazon Prime membership for one year (a $79 value), for free shipping on all orders.

Banana Republic: Students and teachers receive 15% off in stores only.
Borders: Teachers receive 25% off any classroom-related purchases made in Borders stores.

BJ's Wholesale Club: College students can save $10 off a 12-month membership. They'll also receive a $10 gift card for joining.

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