There are actually a LOT of places for students and educators to receive discounts. It's only a matter of knowing where to look and/or who to talk to. Probably even then someone will direct you to a form which is inevitably linked to a website somewhere. Let's take out some of the guesswork and save some time and money, all over town.

Here are some of my favorite discount offers for students and educators, not to mention some that we just cannot pass up. There just may be a few of them that you would have never guessed could save you money...

Teachers get a 15% discount on purchases at many of our National Parks with a valid school ID. Keep in mind that this does not apply to entry fees, camping or some other services. Think gift shop items and maybe ice cream and taffy or fudge. Take a break from the classroom and be one with nature for a day or longer. Bring home a little memento for your family and your classroom with the savings. Summer vacation is in full swing right now.

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Even while I require music to be playing at all times, in all situations, I would not have become a Spotify user if I hadn't been a student, henceforth receiving a 50% discount on the monthly subscription service for a year with school verification. Once you sign up for the discount, you only pay $4.99 per month instead of the regular $9.99.

Sorry teachers, this one is for the kids. And those of you that are in college at any age and so may include continuing education (if you can verify your school). Keep checking the website for details. There was some banter in the community about bringing an educator discount to the platform, but no word yet.

Back to summer break for you hard working instructors out there. Spoil yourself Marriott style if you belong to a government funded college or university. Public school teachers and faculty should cash in on this ticket too. This special discount is available to state, local and county government employees at all hotel chains in the Marriott family. There are Federal, State, Local and Canadian Federal Government rates available, and you're eligible! Talk with a Marriott designated booking agent for your stay to discuss your discounted rate(s) depending on business or leisure travel and don't forget to bring your school ID at check-in — you're used to carrying it around by now, use it to save money!

Once the six-month period expires, students can purchase Prime at the discounted rate of just $49 per year.

Okay, students, don't worry, we know you like to travel too. Sometimes you just don't want to stay at mom and dad's house when you're 'home' visiting and we totally understand. Check out the 15% student discount available at Choice Hotels when you use a Student Advantage card. There are fees associated with this card but the savings could add up pretty quickly just in this avenue of travel, not to mention the many national brands where other discounts are applicable. There are even a few deals for parents with the card! The Choice Hotels network includes Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, EconoLodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend.

Some of you may already be aware of the Amazon Prime discount available to students but what you may not know is that with a .edu email address, you can get six months for absolutely FREE! Once the six-month period expires, students can purchase Prime at the discounted rate of just $49 per year. Unfortunately, there are no further perks for teachers or anybody else seeking a deal with Amazon membership fees, but we love them anyway! Check the website for all the deals that come along with the student membership. There are additional features available to you.

To share the board evenly for both educators and students alike, here are a few Insurance companies that made the list because they offer quite significant discounts!

State Farm Insurance offers up to 25% off your car insurance premium until you turn 25 while you are enrolled in school. he better your grades, the better the discount. Keep it up, you're doing fine.

Farmers Insurance can extend discounts to teachers but you must check with your agent or work through the details on their website for your respective state. Discounts may not be eligible to those with marks on their driving record. Good student discounts are available in some states as well.

Liberty Mutual - if you're an educator parking in or near a parking lot where young drivers may be present, consider the added benefit of a $0 deductible for damage that occurs during school-related events or on school property. Of course, check the website or your local agent for exact details that qualify in your state.

That's all we've got this go round for the students, but teachers, these last few discounts are pretty spectacular:

Barnes & Noble offers 20% off the publisher's list price on purchases for classroom use - in other words, Danielle Steele isn't going to make the cut, but Barnes & Noble offers a great consumer program too. For $25 bucks a year, a membership comes with discounts and other amenities to the program, galore. Educators will also receive 25% off with the Educator discount membership on Educator Appreciation Days, of which they have a few per year.

Surprise! — Home Depot and Lowes both offer sales tax discounts to teachers. Pay no sales tax, on anything at these stores, ever, with tax exempt paperwork that can be filled out with an associate.

Finally, this last discount is available to teachers and belongs to none other than Michael's (craft store). They will save you 15% every day on products that are designed for the classroom. Exclusions do apply so talk to an associate before you begin shopping. Be prepared to show your school ID.

These discounts make me wish I was still a student or an educator! Share the love and tell your fellow comrades where you found out about these awesome discounts. It would be a shame to allow anybody to pass them up.

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