This week, businesses are showing teachers with a little love – in the form of store discounts and food freebies.
Teacher Appreciation Week officially kicked off Monday and runs through Friday. The savings last even longer at the nation’s two largest office-supply stores, Staples and Office Depot.
Throughout the week, some restaurants are offering teachers free meals, buy-one-get-one free deals and discounts.
But the biggest freebie day for educators is Tuesday, which is Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teachers Day.
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Teachers’ food deals, discounts 2022
The dates of the teacher deals and participation can vary by location. Most offers require teachers to show a school ID.
Also, some will require teachers to have a restaurant or store app or be signed up for emails or loyalty programs. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out.
Staples Teacher Appreciation 2022
Staples is increasing its Classroom Rewards through Saturday and giving away free teacher gift boxes, while supplies last. Teachers will receive 20% back in rewards and get up to 5% in rewards for themselves. Exclusions apply.
According to Staples, teachers “can stop into their nearby Staples store for a free gift box of supplies, exclusive coupons and a handful of surprises from our print team.”
Learn more at Staplesconnect.com/teacher-appreciation-week.
Office Depot Teacher Appreciation deals
Office Depot and OfficeMax have two discounts for teacher appreciation but the savings last after the school year is over.
Now through June 25, teachers can get 20% off their qualifying regular-priced purchases and can get 20% back in Bonus Rewards on a qualifying purchase, up to $50 in rewards.
To redeem either deal, teachers must present a valid teacher ID, a coupon and rewards member number. Coupons are available at Officedepot.com/cm/rewards/exclusive-savings.
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Dollar General teacher discount
Dollar General is giving teachers 5% off each month for a limited time. To get this discount once a month, teachers need to sign in or create a Dollar General account and verify their teacher credentials. Then they’ll need to add the “exclusive teacher-only DG digital coupon” through the retailer’s app.
The coupon will appear 24 to 48 hours after verification and to redeem teachers can enter their phone number at checkout.
Teacher deals at Xfinity, Michaels, Crocs, Sleep Number with SheerID
Third-party verification service SheerID, which collects information that assists in verifying eligibility, has partnered with several brands to offer exclusive teacher deals for Teacher Appreciation Week and beyond, including Xfinity, Michaels, Levi’s, J. Crew, Vineyard Vines, Sleep Number and Crocs. Find teacher deals at Sheerid.com/shoppers/teacherdeals.
Samsung, Verizon, Academy Sports, offer teacher discounts with ID.me
ID.me, another verification service, also has partnered with brands to confirm eligibility for teacher discounts. See the list of businesses at Shop.id.me/teacher.
Sonic Teacher Appreciation freebie, DonorsChoose donation match
Sonic Drive-In is offering a free cheeseburger with purchase to all enrolled in the Sonic Teachers’ Circle, a free rewards program for educators available through the chain’s app. Teachers need to be fully verified in Teachers’ Circle by Monday and then can redeem a reward for a free cheeseburger Tuesday through May 17.
To join the Teachers’ Circle, download the Sonic app and register. Teachers need to open account settings and under “Account,” select “I’m A Teacher” and provide information to sign up. The program is available to educators employed by K-12 schools, colleges and universities nationwide.
The fast-food chain also said on Tuesday it will match 50% of each donation, up to $1.5 million total, to teachers’ requests on DonorsChoose.org, a national nonprofit that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom requests submitted by teachers.
McDonald’s Teacher Appreciation 2022 deals
While McDonald’s doesn’t have a national Teacher Appreciation Week deal this week, some locations have regional or local deals for teachers with many falling on Teacher Appreciation Day Tuesday. Check with your McDonald’s to see if there is a local offer.
If your McDonald’s doesn’t have a special for teachers, check the app for other deals including free fries.
Smashburger Teacher Appreciation $5 burgers Tuesday
Smashburger is discounting all Single Classic Smash Burgers to $5 Tuesday with code TEACHER at all participating locations, in-store, online or through the chain’s app. The chain said this deal is available to all guests, not just teachers.
Chick-fil-A Teacher Appreciation Week 2022
Chick-fil-A doesn’t have a nationwide deal but several locations are offering teachers a free item or meal, most on Tuesday. One way to find out if your local restaurant has an offer is by checking its Facebook page.
Johnny Rockets free shake for teachers, nurses
Starting Wednesday through May 10, Johnny Rockets is offering healthcare workers and teachers with a valid ID a free Original or Deluxe Shake with any in-store purchase at participating locations.
Buffalo Wild Wings discount for Teacher Appreciation Week 2022
Buffalo Wild Wings is offering teachers and school staff a 20% discount through Friday for dine-in orders as well as “in-store pay” pickup orders. To get this deal, teachers and staff will need to show a valid school ID.
Zaxby’s Teacher Appreciation Day BOGO wing meal tUE
Zaxby’s has a buy-one-get-one deal for teachers and nurses Tuesday. Buy a boneless wings meal and get a boneless wings meal free, while supplies last, at participating locations.
The company said this deal can be redeemed online, in-store and through the app. Order two of the boneless wing meals and one will be discounted when checking out.
Barnes & Noble Teacher Appreciation Day free coffee
On Tuesday, for National Teacher Appreciation Day, Barnes & Noble Cafés across the country will give teachers a free tall cup of hot or iced coffee or tea when they show their valid teacher’s ID.
Potbelly Teacher Appreciation Week freebie
Potbelly Sandwich Shop is offering teachers a free cookie or regular-sized soft drink when they order any entrée all week through Sunday, May 8.
To get the freebie, the company says teachers need to flash their work ID or badge to the cashier. This deal is for in-shop orders.
Laffy Taffy Teacher Appreciation Week contest
Laffy Taffy is looking for 500 of America’s funniest teachers. The brand will deliver free “Laff Bites Tropical” candy care packages to the first 100 teachers each day, Monday through Friday, who share their favorite joke and register at LaffyTaffyTeacher.com.
The daily giveaways start at 6 p.m. ET each day, while supplies last. Teachers can enter themselves, but parents and students can also nominate “a funny teacher to receive a care package.” All teachers who receive care packages will also be entered to win the grand prize of $5,000 to use for a vacation to a tropical destination.
Freddy’s Teacher Appreciation Week free sundae
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is giving teachers a free one-topping mini sundae Monday through Friday at participating locations. To redeem, teachers must present a valid ID for dine-in or drive-thru orders. No coupon or app offer is needed but the chain said there’s a limit of one sundae per person with a valid ID.
Marble Slab Creamery BOGO ice cream for teachers, nurses
Marble Slab Creamery is treating teachers and nurses with a buy-one-get-one-free small ice cream through Friday for its Heroes Week initiative. A valid ID is needed.
Great American Cookies Teacher Appreciation Week free cookie
Great American Cookies is giving teachers and nurses a free Original Chocolate Chip Cookie through Friday with any purchase and a valid ID as part of the Heroes Week initiative.
At co-branded Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Creamery locations, one freebie must be selected.
Insomnia Cookies free cookies for teachers
Insomnia Cookies is giving teachers a free six-pack of cookies with a $5 in-store purchase through 3 a.m. Saturday, May 7.
To get this in-store deal, teachers need to show a valid work ID or credentials and mention the deal. There’s a limit of one per customer and availability varies by location.
Nekter Juice Bar Teacher Appreciation Day deal
On Tuesday, Nekter Juice Bar will offer 16-ounce superfood smoothies for $3 to all teachers with valid ID at participating locations. Teachers must show valid ID.
O’Charley’s Teacher Appreciation Week deal
Through Friday, O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar is giving teachers a free dessert with the purchase of an entrée and a valid ID or badge. Dine-in only.
Teacher Appreciation Google Doodle
Google is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day with a special Doodle Tuesday.
“Today’s Doodle honors all the resilient teachers who have worked tirelessly to shape our future generations,” Google said in a blog post. “Teachers today wear so many different hats—they are community builders, mentors, mediators, and even tech support for virtual and in-person learners.”
More food deals for teachers
Some individual franchises of national chains also have freebies and specials for teachers. For instance, the more than 400 Applebee’s locations owned and operated by Flynn Restaurant Group are giving teachers and nurses a free appetizer with any entree purchase through May 15 and a valid work badge.
Some locally-owned businesses also will honor teachers, and one of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants’ social media channels.
When is Teacher Appreciation Week? Teacher Appreciation Day?
In 2022, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6. Teacher Appreciation Day or National Teachers Day is Tuesday, May 3.
When are National Nurses Day and Nurses Week 2022?
National Nurses Day is Friday, May 6, which kicks off National Nurses Week, which ends Thursday, May 12.
Cinco de Mayo 2022 food deals
The following offers are available at participating locations nationwide Thursday unless otherwise noted. Look for more deals to be posted Thursday.
7-Eleven Cinco de Mayo deal
7-Eleven has new Mini Spicy Breakfast Empanadas, an all-day breakfast item, and a limited-time deal for 7Rewards members.
Now through May 24, 7Rewards members can pick up three Mini Spicy Breakfast Empanadas and any size coffee for $4.
Taco Bell Cinco de Mayo freebie
For a limited time, new Taco Bell Rewards members get a freebie for signing up. As of Wednesday, the deal was a free Doritos Locos Taco for joining at Tacobell.com/rewards.
Also, members can receive 80 bonus points for recycling sauce packets through May 31. The points will be activated in mid-June. Learn more at Tacobell.com/terracycle.
Chipotle Cinco de Mayo delivery deal
Through Friday, Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering no delivery fee nationwide with digital orders of $10 or more on the chain’s app or website with promo code DELIVER. The free delivery is on orders up to $200 excluding tax and fees.
Chipotle says in its fine print that higher menu prices are charged for delivery and additional service fees are applied at checkout. The offer is for participating locations.
Chili’s Cinco de Mayo margarita and beer $5 deal
Chili’s has five different drinks for $5 Thursday including Presidente Margarita, Cheers to Patrón ‘Rita, Cuervo Blue ‘Rita and Frose ‘Rita and select draft imports.
Moe’s Cinco de Mayo rewards deal
Thursday is Cinco de Moe’s at Moe’s Southwest Grill and the chain is offering loyalty members five-times points on all purchases made on the Moe Rewards app or website.
Del Taco Cinco de Mayo BOGO free burrito
Del Taco Del Yeah! Rewards members who buy one Epic burrito can get one free when they order in the app or chain’s website Thursday.
The chain also says it will have free delivery Thursday on delivery orders placed through the app or online.
Hungry Howie’s Cinco de Mayo deal
Through Sunday, Hungry Howie’s has a deal on its Howie Bread at participating locations. With any online carryout order of $15 or more, get Howie Bread for 99 cents with promo code CINCO at checkout.
Round Table Pizza Cinco de Mayo $5.50 deal
Only on Thursday, Round Table Pizza is offering loyalty members a Cinco de Mayo deal. Purchase a large or x-large pizza and get a $5.50 personal pizza with up to four toppings for dine-in, carry-out and delivery.
Taco John’s Cinco De Mayo $5.55 taco deal
Taco John’s is offering five softshell or crispy beef tacos for $5.55 for customers with the app that are enrolled in the chain’s loyalty program through Thursday.
Jamba Cinco de Mayo smoothie deal
Through May 31, Jamba loyalty members can get a medium Electric Berry Lemonade smoothie for $5. Rewards members can also get delivery fees waived on orders placed on the app and website through the end of the month.