I taught 1/2 year last year in a well-funded classroom that had pretty much whatever I needed and lots of materials to swap out. Now I'm in a pre-k classroom in a public school (brand new program) where they have bought me the basics, but not much extra. I was given some money to buy stuff at the beginning of the year, but I'm having to buy stuff out of my pocket, especially art supplies. I worry about running out of writing paper and it not being replaced so I've started to limit the amount I put out. I ran out of water cups for outside and had to beg for more. I've bought brooms, dustpans, mops, dishrags for spills, extra blocks, puzzles, books, dress-up clothes, play food (was given none), and art supplies like pipe cleaners, foam sheets, foam pieces, extra pencils, glitter glue, etc. out of my money. Also many of the containers and baskets that hold toys/materials I have bought. We were told we are NOT to ask parents for anything, we can request that they bring snack, but not demand. I have one advisor who says I need to buy a water-resistant rug for under the water table. Another gives suggestions for things to buy with each unit--ex: peppermints, wrapping paper, boxes, hand mirrors, sensory items like carpet squares for my recent five senses unit. I just want to get opinions. Is this normal spending? Do you spend so much on your classroom? Do you have a monthly amount given to you to spend or that someone buys for your classroom? Do you budget yourself or put a cap on your own classroom spending?