TpT Shopper Tips & Tricks

We’re here with a few tips to help make shopping on Teachers Pay Teachers a little easier for you!

One way to make sure you never miss out on a great new product or even free item is to follow your favorite stores. To follow a store simply click on the red star next to “follow me” – if you are following the store, it will say “following” instead.

When you follow store on TpT, two things will happen. First, you will receive emails when your favorite sellers add new items to their store – both free and paid. Second, when you are signed into your TpT account and are on the homepage, you will see an area with “Seller Updates”. Instead of seeing random store updates there, you will now see your favorite sellers!

Most teacher-authors on TpT use various sources of social media. We love Facebook, Pinterest, and blogging especially! Typically you will find a link to one form of social media in our storefront.
For instance, in our store, if you click on the orange “Creation Castle” words the link will take you here to our blog. Then on our blog we provide links to various sources of social media.

Have you ever stumbled upon a product that you think will work for your class perfectly but you aren’t sure it has everything you need? There is a great feature on TpT that allows you to ask a seller a question before you make a purchase.

If you’ve already purchased the item and have questions, you can still contact the teacher-author this way. Chances are they have also provided an email address to contact them at in their product as well.

This is probably the most important and helpful tip we can give you! Every time you leave feedback on a product you purchase, you earn one TpT credit for every dollar you spend. You can then trade your TpT credits in for money to put towards your future purchases! Every 100 points is equal to $5.00 – but you can use your credits anytime you want, you don’t have to save credits to save money.
Speaking for TpT teacher-authors, we also love to hear feedback on our free items. Try to remember how much time and effort these sellers put into each item in their store.
We just added this Classroom Posters Freebie to our store and have loved reading your comments!
Our final tip is just to help you more easily find products within stores. Every store will be a little different, but there are some similarities across the site.
Every store has the same four viewing options – Most Recent, Best Seller, Rating, and Price. Anytime you visit a store, it automatically shows the items in order with the best selling item listed first. That can be a great way to get to know a store you’re not familiar with, but if you’re a regular shopper you might not need our Veterans’ Day Resources in August… or April 😉
Some store choose to create custom categories to help you navigate their products a little easier. For instance we place all our custom orders in one area. That way if you are purchasing your custom order or thinking about having one made, you are one simple click away from those products.
You can also narrow products by grade level, subject, price, and resource type.
We hope you’ve found some of these tips and tricks helpful! Happy shopping 🙂


Posted on August 18, 2013, in Shopping, Teacher Tips, Teachers Pay Teachers. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi,

    I'd like to start by saying that your blog looks great!!! My name is Martin and I'm a teacher from Canada. I just started a new website called Resources4teaching where educators can buy and sell lessons and educational resources. We are new and are looking for people to join and put up their materials for sale on our website. We are having an iPad draw for the first 100 Vendors who join and upload at least 1 lesson /resource for sale on our website. There are absolutely no fees to join and you get to keep 70% of the profit. You can visit us at:

    If you know any other teachers who might be interested in this Website, please forward this to them and if you have any questions, feel free to message me.

    Have a great day

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