Free classroom supplies?

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  1. ohteach

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    I am just starting my career as a teacher (1 st grade) and I was wondering if anyone knew of any places you can get free or VERY cheap supplies. I have already looked on ebay. Being that I am just starting out I don't have a lot of money to drop on supplies for the year ( I do get $75-$100 for allowance from the school itself) and I want to make sure I make the must of what I can and do have to spend. School starts in a week so any help would be great!
     
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    Thrift stores, Big Lots, and Dollar Tree are the cheapest around.
     
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    Check out www.lakesidecollections.com. They have a box of 500 crayons or 500 markers for $9.99! I don't know if you're in need of these kinds of supplies but they might have other stuff too. Their selection is always changing.
     
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    Another thing I just thought of. If you have any need for dice or playing cards you can contact the casinos in Atlantic City. They are constantly replacing their dice and cards and are more than willing to donate them to teachers. They are in great shape as they don't use them very long before discarding them! I have requested them twice, once in person and they gave them to me right on the spot and the other time I called and they sent them to me. I've come up with countless ways to use them!
     
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    Another idea ( I have used these for grouping and for classroom projects) is to go to your film development places ( Walmart, etc) and ask them for the extra little plastic film canisters. They will give them to you by the bagful for free. Very handy little things to have.
     
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    Look for books at tag sales and flea markets. Don't forget to check local libraries, some sell books for cheap! Also, check the Sunday paper for Back-to School Specials...Office Max, Staples, Walmart, etc. always have great deals on crayons, pencils, notebooks and more this time of year. Hope this helps! :)
     
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    Don't forget to sign up for your teacher discount at all the stores that offer it! Look at places like Good Will and Salvation Army. Make a wish list of some things you think parents could help out with. Things the parens could volunteer to buy for your room. I know there are are few good threads on this forum about free things. I like to do the dole 5 a day program, they send you a class set of cook books and other stuff to use in your class to teach healthy eating. I got a free soccer ball from Chiquita. Your local dairy council is another one to get some things from for teaching about nutrition. Colgate sends stuff to teachers as well. I also hot some free coloring books form FIMA. Try to save your boxtops form Betty Crocker and labels from Campbles soup. When you save enough they let you pick from a catalouge of stuff for your class.
     
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    Good ideas. Box Tops are from all General Mills foods-Cheerios, Pop Secret, Chex Mix, Fruit roll ups, etc. Some are doing double, even triple box tops on a box right now. Boxtops4education.com gives you more info. Our school collects these and uses the money towards new playground equipment.
     
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    You might try your local Dollar store or Building #19. We have bought a number of things there to get our daughter started with her 1st Special Ed Kindergarten class begining in about 2 weeks. She is also a new teacher. God bless you both and good luck, you'll do great..... tjr
     
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    Our public library has a book sale semi-annually and they sell books as low as 25 cents. That's where I stocked up my library.
     
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    I moved to 1st grade this year and wanted puzzles and games for my room. I went to Goodwill and purchased children's board games for $1.00 and puzzles for 75 cents. I also checked out ebay. I got 80+ children's books for $40.00. I told my husband I am now done spending! Yea right! Make sure to save your receipts for tax time, they may come in handy!
     
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    Ask parents of your students in your classroom newsletter if they had any donations that they might want to make to the classroom they might be more than willing to help you out! They will feel like they are making a contribution.
     

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