How to Save Money on Quality Teaching Resources

One thing I love is scoring a great deal! When my husband and I moved into our first house, I was able to purchase the Dyson Animal vacuum for mere dollars out of pocket by shopping a sale and using Best Buy gift cards that DirecTV gave us for setting up service.

Teachers love scoring great deals too. And in honor of Teacher’s Appreciation Day, I am going to let you in on three little (maybe not so secret) ways to save money on quality teaching resources.

If you haven’t visited Teachers Pay Teacher yet, you should definitely bookmark this site. You will be able to find quality, engaging teacher-created resources that are far better than resources regurgitated by big textbook publishing companies.

Here are three tried and true ways to save money and get great teaching resources that will help you win at teaching.

1. Follow Sellers
Follow sellers you like on multiple sites. On TpT, you will see a green star that is clickable. Click that green star to follow that teacher. Many times sellers send out sale notices. Some even provide new listings for 50% off for up to the first 48 hours it is listed! Following your favorite teachers’ stores will allow you to receive all of their upcoming sale and new product information. However, it doesn’t stop there. Many sellers are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. If you find a seller you love, be sure to follow them on as many sites as you can. That way you never miss a sale, giveaway, or promotion.

2. Buy in Bundles
So many sellers sell their best-selling or related teaching resources in bundles. Yes, you may fork out a little extra cash upfront, but the savings is worth it. Not only will you get quality resources that you can use in one unit, or even for the entire year, you will also spend less on a bundle than you would if you purchased each product individually. Usually, most sellers discount the items in their bundles by at least 20%.

Here is a listing of all of my current bundles:

3. Provide Feedback
Did you know that you could earn TpT credit by providing feedback for purchased resources? It’s true! Providing feedback earns you TpT credit that you can apply toward future purchases. According to the TpT website, the program is retroactive all the way back to August 1, 2011! If you haven’t left feedback on your purchases, do so now! You could earn several dollars worth of credit!

To leave feedback, go to "My Purchases" from the My TpT menu:

Then, select "Paid Purchases."

From there, click on the resource. Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the feedback form. Scoring a resource with an A provides a 4.0 rating.

You can check your TpT credit balance by selecting "TpT Credit Balance" from the "My TpT" menu.

From there, you can look up the credit you've earned and the credits you've used.

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