7 Ways to Save More Money All Year Long
NEA Member Benefits discounts can save you more than $1,000 a year. Are you missing out on these hefty savings?
NEA members have two major advantages when it comes to making their money stretch as far as possible: Educators are natural researchers who love to discover the smartest ways to save money on all the things they need to buy, and membership in the NEA means you have access to a wide variety of money-saving benefits provided by NEA Member Benefits.
Here, we’ve highlighted seven great NEA Member Benefits discounts that can help you save money all year long:
1. Shop at NEA Click & Save.
At NEA Click & Save, you can find discounts from well-known retailers such as Kohl’s, Sears, Macys and many more. And when you shop, you earn reward points (called WOWPoints), which you can apply toward future purchases.
Collectively, NEA members have saved more than $12 million by shopping through NEA Click and Save! To find out more about the kinds of everyday items you can buy through NEA Click & Save, read our popular article titled “10 Everyday Discounts You’re Missing Out On.”
2. Save on travel with NEA Member Benefits.
NEA Member Benefits and NEA Click & Save can help you save on many of your vacation needs, including airline tickets, lodging, cruises and more. When you visit NEA Click & Save, select the “Travel” tab near the top of the page, then browse and purchase deals on flights, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages and cruises using the travel booking engines, which are powered in part by Priceline.com.
You’ll find great rates on hotels, flights, cruises and more—and even earn WOWPoints—by making reservations through NEA Click & Save, which searches the entire inventory of Priceline , Expedia & Orbitz to get you the best deals.
Need a rental car? NEA Member Benefits offers exclusive member-only deals at five of the biggest rental car companies: Enterprise, National, Alamo, Dollar and Hertz.
If you need a nice, inexpensive place to stay on the road, use your NEA discount at Red Roof Inn to get 20% off at the hotel chain’s 485+ locations nationwide.
Read our popular article “How to Save Hundreds on Your Next Vacation” for additional tips on how to maximize your travel budget.
3. Buy a new car—and insure it—through NEA Member Benefits.
If you’re ready to turn in your old car for a new or used model, start your comparison-shopping process with the NEA Auto Buying Program. Log in through neamb.com so you can see your available discounted prices as you browse for the makes and models you’re researching.
You’ll find great, hassle-free deals from TrueCar-screened dealerships near you before you head to the car lot. NEA members have seen an average savings of $3,383 off MSRP on new cars!
In addition, many of the dealers offer an extra member-only discount off the final negotiated price, and a free Carfax report is available on some of the listed vehicles.
After you’ve bought your car, NEA Member Benefits can help you save further on auto insurance and an extended auto warranty.
NEA members save an average of $495 on car insurance via the NEA Home and Auto Insurance Program provided by California Casualty. Bonus savings: When you get a free rate quote, you’ll receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
You can protect your wallet against unexpected auto repairs with the NEA Vehicle Protection Program, backed by CarChex. Choose the coverage option and pricing plan that’s right for you, and when repairs are needed, take your vehicle to any licensed repair facility in the United States or Canada.
NEA members are eligible for a $100 discount on an extended vehicle protection policy and also will receive additional benefits such as 24/7 roadside assistance, car rental coverage and lock-out service.
Read “How to Save a Bundle on Car Repairs” to learn more about the benefits of buying an extended warranty.
4. Save on your magazine subscriptions.
When you order magazine subscriptions through the NEA Magazine Program, you can choose from more than 800 magazines at up to 85% off the cover price. And with our price guarantee, if you do find a lower publisher-authorized price on a magazine you’ve purchased from us, we’ll refund the difference!
No credit card is required for purchase, so you can select your magazine now and be billed later. And the NEA Magazine Program makes it easy to manage all of your subscriptions. You can renew and cancel subscriptions, temporarily suspend delivery and even change your address—all in one place.
Click here to start exploring all of the magazine titles offered, easily sortable by title, category and price.
5. Protect your pet with the NEA Pet Insurance Program.
Don’t get caught spending a small fortune on your pet’s medical emergency. Plan ahead with the NEA Pet Insurance Program, backed by Pets Best Insurance.
Some surgical procedures can cost thousands of dollars, but when you have pet insurance, your vet bills can be very affordable. Pet insurance plans typically include reimbursement for emergency visits, lab tests, prescriptions, exams, hospitalization, surgery and more.
With Pets Best Insurance through the NEA Pet Insurance Program, you can enroll without medical records, insure older pets and visit any licensed veterinarian. Plans start at less than $1 per day, plus NEA members are eligible for a 5% discount (available in most states).
Read “5 Easy-to-miss Summertime Pet Dangers” to learn more about keeping your pets safe in the heat.
6. Continue your Professional Development.
There are many practical online courses you can use to meet your professional development and continuing education needs as a busy K-12 educator. Look for peer-reviewed and high-quality courses you can take online so you can complete the coursework when it’s convenient for you. You'll save travel money and time!
You can also join NEA edCommunities, a free resource for educators, school support professionals and community members. Discuss educational issues, collaborate with other educators or form a group of your own to discuss a topic of importance to you.
7. Find professional resources through NEA Member Benefits partners.
Educators spend a lot of money on their day-to-day work for everything from professional magazines to Common Core resources that will enhance lesson plans. Before you make a purchase, visit neamb.com, where you’ll gain access to discounts from popular retailers.
Discover smart classroom-spending tips in “Stretch Your Supply Budget: 6 Tips from Classroom Educators” and “Get the Most Out of Your Student Reward Dollars.”
NOTE: Information in this article is current as of July 2017. For more details about these benefits and any applicable exclusions, please visit the respective benefit’s information page.
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