Thursday, August 8, 2013

Getting Ready for the First Day: Gathering Supplies for the Teacher

Do you have your clothes ready for the first day? Some things just don't seem to change: I always need a new dress for day one! I got this pretty dress a few weeks ago, and I'm going to wear it with a navy cardigan and off-white flats on the first day of school!

First Day of School Dress

It's from Ann Taylor, and I loved it the minute I saw it. Playful, yet professional. And the best part... I was able to get a teacher discount! Yes, you read that right! Some of my favorite places give discounts for teachers: Ann Taylor, LOFT, J. Crew, and Banana Republic. I've also heard that teachers can get a discount at The Limited, J.Jill, New York and Company, and Christopher and Banks.

Heck, it's worth asking almost anywhere! Keep your teacher ID with you, and when you get ready to pay, just ask, "Do you happen to give a discount for teachers?" I asked once at Macy's and the cashier looked at me, smiled, and then applied her personal employee discount. I think that's probably against the rules, but I appreciated the gesture!

Lots of museums, amusement parks, zoos, and other attractions also give discounts for teachers, as do many bookstores, craft stores, and office supply stores. When I bought my new MacBook Air a few weeks ago, I got a significant discount!

I'm also beginning to stock my closet with food that will get me through the day. I've got a bag sitting by the front door now--ready to take tomorrow! It's filled with snack sized bags of almonds and cashews, Lara Bars, applesauce, dried apple chips, bottled water, and my favorite teas. I have a tiny, dorm fridge in the closet, and I usually keep some baby carrots and cornichons (teeny, tiny pickles) because I love to snack on them.

Please share!

What are you wearing on the first day of school?

Do you have a favorite place where you have gotten a discount because you're a teacher?

What snacks do you keep in your closet or desk to help you get through the day?


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