Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ways to Save Money on Teachers Pay Teachers

Are you looking for ways to save money on Teachers pay Teachers?

I have been buying and selling products on Teachers pay Teachers since 2009, so it is safe to say that I have learned a trick or two about how to save money on my Teachers pay Teachers purchases! Today I am going to share with you some things I have learned.  AND... if you  read along to the end, you will have a chance to win a $25 TpT gift card which will save you even more money!

Leave Feedback

Did you know that Teachers pay Teachers gives you credit for leaving feedback?  You earn 1 credit for each dollar that you spend (and they even round up!) when you leave feedback for purchases you make. Every 20 credits = $1.00 to spend!  You can find more details about the TpT credit program here.

I have a few tips about leaving feedback as well.

* If you don't remember if you've left feedback for a purchase, you can check your purchases tab.  If you haven't left feedback you will see this message:

Just click on the provide feedback link and you can rate the item you purchased.  You will see a form that looks like this:

* Please, please, please read that message before you leave feedback (all of the TpT sellers will appreciate this)!  It asks you to contact the seller before leaving feedback if there is an issue.  We are all human beings and sometimes make mistakes.  There may be a typo or two that a seller missed even if they had several people proofread it.  They may have an incorrect answer in the key.  If you contact them, most likely they will fix it as soon as you let them know.  Then you can leave feedback based on the corrected product.

* If you have trouble downloading a product, contact TpT directly before leaving feedback.  

* Leave thoughtful feedback.  If you rank something lower than a 4, you might explain to the seller what was lacking so that they can fix it (again, contact the seller first to see if they will fix it BEFORE leaving feedback).  "Thanks" does not accurately let the seller know that you loved (or hated) the product.  I try to point out what I did like about the product such as "I appreciate that you made this editable, or that you included black and white versions as well as colored."  This kind of feedback lets a seller know what they should include in a product which makes TpT products even better!

Follow Your Favorite Sellers on TpT

Many sellers list their brand new products at a discount of 20 - 50% off for the first 24-48 hours.  By following your favorite sellers, you will be notified of their newest products first and can take advantage of these great deals!  Sellers will often send out newsletters or posts on their blogs when their are site-wide TpT sales or when they throw their own personal sales.  You can follow sellers directly on TpT by clicking on the star under their store name on TpT.

Follow TpT on Facebook

Teachers pay Teachers has their very own Facebook page (you can find it here) where they showcase various different products, blog posts and more.  They also share freebies! Many of the freebies are only available for a limited time, so you want to make sure you are watching that page!  While you're at it, follow some of your favorite sellers on Facebook as well as they often share freebies for their followers.  I have shared flash freebies on my Facebook page, and often ask for editors to look over my new products in exchange for the completed product for FREE!

Follow Sellers on Social Media

Many sellers have social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.  They often use these pages to not only share resources, but to announce special sales, giveaways and freebies.  

Join Your Favorite Sellers' Newsletter Lists

Many sellers use their newsletters to share teaching tips, resources, and ideas, BUT... they also share news about upcoming sales and giveaways.  They often give subscriber freebies as well!  You can sign up for my newsletter by filling out the form below:

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Team Up With A Friend

Teachers pay Teachers has an option for you to buy multiple license for an item at a reduced rate.  So, if you find an item that your friend or whole team would like, you just need to buy a multiple license to share it with them.  When you make your purchase, you will see this:

If you click on the edit link, you will see a screen like this:

It defaults to the one purchase, but if you need additional copies you can change that and you will be charged the reduced rate.

To save money by teaming up, you would ask your friend to share the price with you.  So.. in the product above the price would be $1.25 for the first license, and $0.63 for the second license.  The total would be $1.88 which divided by two would be $0.94 cost for each of you.  If you are purchasing for your team you would save even more by splitting the cost multiple ways. The above item is not super expensive, but think about how much you could save by sharing on a larger purchase or bundle!

Have Your Principal Sign Up for TpT for Schools

Did you know that Teachers pay Teachers has a new program where you can order TpT resources using school funds?  Principals can sign their schools up for free here.  Once your school is signed up, you can choose resources that you would like to use in your classroom.  Your principal approves the purchase, and then you have access to the resource!  How amazing is that?

Find Giveaways

TpT sellers are by nature a generous group and LOVE to have giveaways!  You can win products or TpT gift cards from a variety of different sellers.  This is why you want to FOLLOW your favorite sellers on their social media and blogs!  I have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to offer giveaways on my blog all the time! We give away a $25 TpT gift card each week and a $100 TpT gift card each month!  You can knock a whole lot of items off of your wish list when you win!

And speaking of those giveaways, it is time for our weekly giveaway!

This giveaway has ended :(  Please head over to our giveaway page to enter our current giveaway.


Prize: $25 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Co-hosts:  Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher),  The Chocolate Teacher, A Plus Kids, Third Grade Giggles, Kamp Kindergarten, Stephanie Rye - Forever in Fifth Grade, Mrs. Irvin's Toolbox, Jackie Crews, Jewel Pastor, and It Happened in 3rd.

Giveaway Organized by: An Apple for the Teacher

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 6/26/16 and is open worldwide.  

Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Check here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers!

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  1. I am new to blogging. How do I put it out there for others?

    1. Hi Kris! Thank you for stopping by my blog! When you have a new blog it is sometimes frustrating trying to get people to notice it! My best advice: 1. Make sure you provide useful content 2. Share your posts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) 3. Visit other blogs and comment they will often return the favor as I am about to! If you have any other questions feel free to email me at!

  2. Thanks for this giveaway! I love your blog design! Did you create it yourself?

    Sailing into Third Grade

  3. Too funny! I was searching for great articles about leaving feedback to publish before this week's sale, and found your post. As I read it, I was surprised to see one of my products featured in your shopping cart!! <3

    What goes around, comes around! Thanks so much for featuring my product in your article!



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