Ah, it’s Spring! That means daffodils and robins and income taxes. I don’t know about you, but it’s often been a shock to add up the money I’ve spent on therapy materials each year. Here are some ways I’ve found to ease the pain:
- For the past several years, the IRS has allowed educators to take a $250 deduction for unreinmbursed teaching expenses. Here are the details: Educator Expense Deduction.
- I have been using Ebates as my starting point every time I shop online for goods, services, and travel. Then, when my Big Fat Check arrives, I put that $$ toward therapy supplies. This is so easy to do, and it is amazing to see how many stores and other companies participate in this.
- I just learned of a new program that gives rebates for online shopping: Giving Assistant. Like Ebates, you earn cash back on your online purchases. A bonus with Giving Assistant is this program’s social mission. For every qualifying purchase you make, Giving Assistant will donate a meal to Feed America. In addition, if you don’t need the rebate $$ for therapy supplies, you can designate all or a percentage of your rebate to be donated to the charity of your choice — a very easy way to provide ongoing support to worthy causes that are important to you. Check out the “Thoughts” page of the site to read about lots of ways college students can earn cash back — I had no idea!
- Once I have my rebate money in hand, I shop Zulily for therapy materials. This can be hit or miss, as the participating businesses and their offers change frequently. A search of “education” or “toys” will usually turn up something useful and interesting but you’ll really hit the jackpot when “Super Duper Publications” is offering their materials at 45% off.
- Obviously, TeachersPayTeachers is a great source of inexpensive materials.
- And a creative SLP will never walk out of the dollar store empty-handed.