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Teacher discounts are golden

If you asked me to pick my one favorite teacher, I wouldn't be able to do it. There were just too many of them, from kindergarten all the way up through graduate school.

It takes a special kind of person to deal with the challenges students and parents dish out on a regular basis.

So when it gets to this point in the school year, I'd bet they can use a little pick-me-up. I'm hoping this list of teacher discounts, compiled by GiftCardGranny.com, will do the trick.

If you're an educator, grab your school identification and get ready to nab some savings.

*Ann Taylor Loft. The women's clothier has a Loft Loves Teachers program. Teachers get a special, introductory discount when they first register for the program, and 15 percent off in-store purchases ever after.

*Apple Store. Teachers, librarians, college professors and home-schoolers alike get 5 percent off a computer purchase with proof of credentials.

*Banana Republic. Participating stores take off 10 percent for teachers with valid ID.

*Barnes & Noble. The bookstore chain offers teachers 20 percent off the list price on hardcover books, 15 percent off the list price on paperbacks.

*Dell. Check with your employer to see if they have a partnership with Dell that nets its employees discounts. Participating districts and colleges get up to a 4 percent discount when buying computers or accessories directly from the Dell online store. To get the discount, call customer service at (800) 999-3355 before completing your order.

*HP. Members of the Academic Purchase Program receive 10 percent off many computers, printers and ink.

*J. Crew. Get 15 percent off men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories with a show of your school ID.

*Jo-Ann Fabric. Teachers who sign up for the craft store's Teacher Rewards Discount Card will receive 15 percent off all purchases. New members receive an initial 20 percent off signing bonus. The program is open to home-schoolers, too.

*The Limited. The seller of women's clothes, shoes and accessories offers 15 percent off a teacher's entire purchase, excluding nothing. Just bring your school ID or pay stub to the register.

*Marriott Hotels. Marriott offers a discount to government employees. That would include public school teachers.

*Michael's. The craft store's Knack faculty program offers members various discounts on a host of different items that change throughout the year.

*New York & Co. Participating locations give 15 percent off every purchase with school ID.

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