I'm teaching first grade RTI this year, so I was hired after school started and any supplies the school paid for were already snatched up. I have very little left from last year other than some games I bought and made. This month alone I purchased over $80 worth of things, mostly consumables, but also some things that are more in the "tools" category like bulletin board borders, a letter line, a new stapler, etc. I've plowed through my own craft supplies in order to see what I already have that can be repurposed for school. I've purchased books little by little over the years I subbed and even way back when I taught preschool. Today I wandered into a "Friends of the Library" sale at my local library and picked up some paperback picture books for a quarter each. That excited me more than it probably should have. So...how do you obtain things for your classroom without breaking the bank? Before I got my teaching credential, I worked in Corporate America and when I look back at how much was thrown away and purchased but never used, it makes me twitchy. What are your secrets for saving money, yet having a nice room with resources for your kids?