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Andrew King, music teacher at Hillsboro School, monitors students getting on the bus at the end of the half-day of school Friday, August 10, 2018.

Tax-free weekend is coming up, and teachers are in luck — they have the opportunity to avoid the crowds at multiple businesses with special discounts, rewards and events before and after the school-supply rush.

While all Tennesseans can benefit from tax-free school supplies under $100 and computers under $1,500 from July 26 to 28, select companies are giving teachers added perks with events beginning as early as this Saturday, July 13. Some businesses even have year-round discounts for educators.

Here’s a compilation of the best deals for teachers this year:

Adobe — For teachers immersed in media, Adobe offers a Creative Cloud subscription package with all their apps — Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Acrobat Pro and more — for $19.99 the first month and $29.99 for following months.

This discounted package is valued at $52.99 per month and is also available to students — even homeschoolers.

Find more information here.

Ann Taylor LOFT — Show your teacher ID in any Ann Taylor LOFT store and get 15% off clothing items. The store also has teacher-exclusive offers, which it will send to those who sign up through their website.

Enter information for teachers-only offers here.

Apple — Special deals on MacBooks, iPads, iMacs and more are available to school faculty and staff as well as homeschool teachers. These discounts also include 20% off AppleCare+.

College students and their parents can also benefit from Apple’s special offers.

See the deals here.

AT&T — Teachers can save on their phone bill with AT&T’s Signature Program, which provides discounts on wireless service, devices and more. Educators must be verified through their school or association.

Find out details here.

Banana Republic — Teachers wishing to sport a new look in the classroom can receive 15% off any full-price purchase at Banana Republic. However, there’s no rush; this offer lasts until Jan. 31, 2020.

Students with a valid student ID can also piggyback on this offer.

Read more here.

Barnes & Noble — This bookstore normally offers 20% off classroom supplies to teachers through its B&N Educators program, but every Saturday and Sunday starting July 20 and ending Sept. 15, Brentwood’s store is offering an additional 5% for a total of 25% off books, games, movies and more. Teachers can also get 10% off a caffeine fix at the in-store café.

Sign up for B&N Educators here.

Belk — Every Tuesday, it’s Senior, Teacher and Service Day at Belk.

One day per week, teachers can take 20% off their clothing purchases and 15% off home goods and shoes. This offer is available online and in stores and also applies to senior citizens, active military members and veterans.

Find more information here.

The Container Store — Teachers can organize their writing utensils, craft supplies and hundreds of papers for less with The Container Store’s Organized Teacher program.

This program will send teachers special offers until the end of the year so they can tidy up their cabinets, desks and drawers.

Sign up for the Organized Teacher program here.

JoAnn Fabrics — Elementary school teachers and other educators looking for craft supplies can save 15% with the JoAnn Teacher Rewards program both in-store and online every day. The program also offers classes and resources for crafty classrooms.

Enroll in the program here.

Michaels — This craft store provides the same offer as JoAnn at 15% with a valid teacher ID every day. However, this offer can only be redeemed in stores.

Read more here.

Microsoft — Teachers can receive discounted education licensing for Microsoft programs, and they can also get Office 365 for free, including all the computer essentials like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Find out more here.

Samsung — Members of the Samsung Student and Educator Discount Program will receive special offers on laptops, phones, appliances and more — up to 30% off online. The program requires a valid education email address, so students can also benefit.

Register for offers here.

Sprint — Not only teachers, but all education employees can receive special network offers and savings through the Sprint Works Program.

To learn more, sign up here.

Staples — The store in Cool Springs is having a Back-to-School Block Party event July 20 and 21, where all school supplies will be 20% off.

Additionally, Staples offers a Classroom Rewards program valid through Sept. 15. This program allows parents to dedicate 5% of their purchases towards a teacher or a school.

Teachers must enroll in the program to receive rewards. A $5 store credit is provided upon enrollment.

Learn more about the program here.

Sunglass Hut — Teachers taking kids on outdoor field trips can snag a pair of sunglasses at 15% off when verified through

Sunglasses Hut also opens this offer to military families, first responders, college students and government employees. Certain designer brands may be excluded from the offer.

Read the details here.

Target — Target is holding a week-long teacher event July 13 through 20, where teachers can receive a coupon for 15% off school supplies and clothing.

Those wishing to participate should enter their teacher ID online to receive the coupon.

Sign up for the coupon here.

Walmart — Though Walmart is not providing a teacher discount, the Franklin Supercenter is holding a Teacher Appreciation Night with free cake, ice cream, drinks, a photo booth and goodie bags for the first 300 teachers.

The event will be Saturday, July 13 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Find more information here.

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