Sunday, September 13, 2009


That stands for National Education Association Member Benefits. I often get a reminder in my mail box to take advantage of my benefits through the NEA. But I don't always remember to use them. I also know that I have great benefits as a member of TEA and this weekend I took advantage of one!

Last week, I went to get new glasses. I gulped and paid the amount for my spiffy new glasses. They did have a sale, $100 off the glasses but it was still expensive and then I remembered my Access card through TEA. Did I have it with me, NO! But the sales clerk was great and we looked up the discount programs Lens Crafters honors. I couldn't prove I was a member but she told me to bring my card back when I picked up my glasses.

So Saturday, I returned TEA card in hand and the clerk looked up the discount and I walked out with $94 back in my pocket! Thanks to Access/TEA I received a total of $194 dollars off my glasses. The clerk let me know that I could get as many pairs of glasses and sunglasses as my family needed, there wasn't a yearly limit. I was tickled to have money back in my pocket and realized it was almost half of my yearly dues that I had saved with one pair of glasses.

Don't tell me about the cost of membership. I've saved more than the cost of my dues this year by using NEA sponsored California Casualty for my insurance needs and now purchasing new glasses. MORE than my dues! I love it! So be sure you register you card on the TEA website and remember to look for those discounts. I know Target also honors the card, just print out a coupon from the TEA website...I need to go shopping!