Have I overspent?

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  1. Missy99

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    I have spent about $100 on supplies (folders, storage bins, spirals for journaling, pens, pencils, books for the library, BB decor, wall charts, other classroom supplies, crayons, markers, etc.).

    I don't really plan to spend a lot more, except maybe for a couple of big-ticket items which I will purchase with Crayola/WalMart money & class stipend.

    I thought I was doing fine, but today one of my new colleagues was shocked I had spent more than $10 and had bought more than just BB decor. She, like me, is a new teacher and ACP.

    My question is -- is she right?

    Or, did I do the right thing by paying attention to the more seasoned and savvy teachers here at A to Z and making sure my cupboard was stocked with items that will be used?
     
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    You have only spent $100? WOW-I am way over that right now and I have been teaching 12 years! I guess I like to be stocked and ready to go, especially when things are cheaper at the beginning of the year! I definitely don't think you are out of line by any means!
     
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    I can be a real tightwad when I feel like it, and I made it a game to see how little I could spend and still have good stuff (I finally tracked down the 5 cent spirals at the WalMart near my school -- woo hoo!).
     
  5. shouts

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    I think the federal deduction is about $350 now, so spend, spend, spend!
     
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    Wheeeee! :lol:
     
  7. Jem

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    I'm going into my fourth year, and I know I've spent over $500. My wish list never gets shorter.
     
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    if you don't own a house, it's 250. but 100 dollars is not a lot! Especially with elementary!
     
  9. Missy99

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    OK, now I don't feel so dumb :)
     
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    What kind of budget (stipend?) do you get from your school? It seems to me that some of the items you bought should have been supplied by the ditrict (stipend $$?) or put on your students' school supply list.
     
  11. Tasha

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    I think that you were smart to buy it now. I think you get more bang for your buck buying school supplies out of your own pocket at the sales because the places you order from with school money charge much more than the sale prices. This way you can spend the money on classroom items that you would pay about the same amount for anyway.
     
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    This summer alone I have probably spent close to 300 and that isn't on BIG things either. This is my fifth year of teaching too! :lol: And to think... still have 3 more weeks to buy! :lol:
     
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    Don't let yourself get hung up on comparing what everyone else does to what you do (not that I don't do that all the time or anything). Believe me, teachers are all different in how they prepare. I get made fun of all the time when someone comes in and asks - did you buy that? My co-teachers don't spend much on classroom items, but they also don't have much either.

    I need manipulatives and pocket charts, etc. because without them I don't think I can teach effectively. I also get bored using the same things so I do buy all new borders, posters and such. It's an investment, you will use these things again.
     
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    I think that's a reasonable amount. Pencils and spiral notebooks are always good. I went through so many pencils last year! I haven't bought any markers, crayons, or colored pencils because I still have some from last year.
     
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    My district provides us with no money for our classrooms and our students are high poverty. We can only put so much on our supply list. It is just easier to have extras and such to make our lives easier!! If your school provides you money-you are very lucky!! :p
     
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    shouts and sstager, thanks for the info! I knew there was a deduction, but I didn't know the exact amount!
     
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    This is my first year as well, and I have spent just over $500 so far, but much of mine was for storage (shelves & rolling plastic drawer units), and for pedagogic books (especially Debbie Diller's stuff - indispensable for 1st grade!). Add that to VP and Target & Dollar Tree, and it doesn't take long to add up! I got lucky today at Sam's, though. I got two packages of 8 (24" square) rubber "floor tiles" that hook together like a puzzle. It's not what I really want for my Circle Time rug, but it's definitely softer & warmer than a concrete or tile floor!
     
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    Um, I spent about $180 TODAY!! I also spent about $100 last week... and I put about $100 of stuff on hold at another store... and I have been teaching for a few years in the same classroom, so you'd think I was DONE!

    I haven't even hit the teacher store yet to buy some things for my younger kids!
     
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    I've kind of decided to purchase consumables as much as possible with school money, and to use my own money for more permanent things that I can take with me if necessary.
     
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    I don't even know how much I've spent, but it's a lot. I like to get change my room and activities quite often, and am always looking for new things. Some of the other teachers don't buy too much, but to me their rooms stagnate. And then there's my shelves and shelves of resource books. Oh my!
     
  21. Missy99

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    About $100.
     
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    I think we all were!
     
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    Those tiles are actually not bad -- they are pretty comfortable to sit on.
     
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    Ha ha -- if ANYONE has made me feel better, it was you :lol:
     
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    I'm glad this thread was posted - I'm a new teacher too and keep wanting to buy things but didn't know what is a normal amount that teachers usually spend. So now I feel better for all that I've bought so far! :)
     
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    I think I have spent too much, wayyy too much!!
     
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    :rofl::toofunny::rofl:

    It would be waaaayyy too easy for me to spend well over $1000 on my classroom!
     
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    "Overspending" can only be determined by your personal financial situation. You could sink thousands into a classroom, or only the $10 your coworker says she spent. For so many years I tried to spend no personal money. Now I get what I need to make my life easier.
     
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    That's my philosphy too. If I can get it very cheap I do. Plus I think its a thrill to get stuff so cheap--cll me a dork.

    You didn't spend too much--so long as you can afford it. I grab the sales items to the limits as much as I can. Some sales stock me up for more than 1 school year. I highly recommend that if you have room to store extra stuff at home or at school.

    I also suggest asking the students for as much as you can, even if you have enough for them already. You can always save the extras.

    Your friend may need supplies throughout the year that she'll wind up sending 4 times more to purchase, so don't worry about it. :)
     
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    I told myself that this school year I would only spend $100 and that's it! Yeah right, so far I've probably spent $300 and I'm not totally done. I am very tempted by those Lakeshore catalogues and all those cool centers in a box they have. And those pocket charts! Why couldn't I have been a heiress to the pocket chart company? Those things are so expensive...

    Like other teachers on the board, I don't receive any monetary support from the school or the district and the community that I teach in is low-socio-economic. It's just easier to buy your own stuff. If I need it and it makes my life less hectic, I buy it.
    And I'm talking about school supplies and such. I don't buy any decor or anything because I figure the kids can make that kind of stuff.
    You need to find a happy medium between where you are not frantic looking for supplies and you haven't made yourself in debt with school stuff. Plus, those back to school sales are very addicting!
     
  31. MMRbella

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    $100? If that's over-spending, then I think I need professional help, lol. This will be my second year of teaching, and this summer alone I've spent well over a grand of my own money (towards my classroom).
     
  32. Missy99

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    Wow, remind me to burgle your classroom :lol:
     
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    This is my first year, and I've spent about $400 so far. I think I have most of the stuff, but I'm going to be on the lookout at garage sales for some tables/shelves to use here and there in the room. I have no idea whether or not my school gives me a budget, but I'm sure it's probably not much. I'm happy to hear about the deduction. I had no idea. Now I don't feel quite so badly.
     
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    I have gone crazy.. I have spent over $200 for my classroom, but it is on things that I will only have to buy once. (BB sets, books, magazines, games, letters, misc. decorations, baskets, etc.)

    I don't think you've spent too much at all! Stock up now while it's on sale!!!!!
     
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    I just spent 50 bucks at the teacher store and that's only for summer school stuff!
     
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    I have tons of receipts that I am consolidated & I am afraid to know how much I've spent so far since I began this process in May. I will say that at least I've gotten some great deals as well as some freebies. I've gone out of my way to also purchase some items that I want to have my own such as a good stapler, gun stapler, punch hole & a couple of plastic organizers. Since it's my first year, I want to at least be as organized from the beginning as I can possibly can.

    One thing that concerns me is that I hear so often about teachers not having time to file student work on a routine basis & they end up with mountains of paperwork they have to sort through which becomes overwhelmling. I want to minimize that & so I am purchasing office supplies that I hope will help.

    Also I am splurging on three big ticket items & then that will be it (I hope). I am needed a digital camera & a laptop. I also just ordered the Cricut. :blush: I did recently get a donation/gift so some of the cost will cover part of these purchases.
     
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    My first year I spent a lot more then the past few years. But I always try to pick up the deals in August each summer. I must remember to get correction tape this year - I forgot last year and then refused to get it at regular price . . . I really missed it!!

    A lot of what I generally buy is stuff that I (1) use myself (a pretty pink pen, protection sheets, etc.) , or (2) hang around in the classroom. I don't buy supplies for the students - our school sends out a list each year. The school also gives teachers the basic supplies (e.f black pens) but I like colour so I usually spluge a little bit!! :haha::haha:
     
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    Our IT specialist said the district will be supplying us with laptops :woot: but we won't all get them at once, and some may get them next semester :unsure:

    Hey, I am not going to complain about things like when if they are going to help us like that!
     
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    My district does not provide laptops but if they did I wouldn't be interested because I want a Mac! LOL I know I will need one & I rather get what I want. I'm a bit of a tech geek so I see the possibilities of what I will be able to do. Love Mac! :D
     
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    I see there are hardly any HS teachers in this thread - I guess by then the rooms don't need as much extra stuff. I certainly don't plan to spend any of my own money - lab supplies are expensive, and that's why we have a (pitiful...) high school science budget ;)
     
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    I have decided that shortly after my first paycheck (which also will contain a bonus), I am headed to (probably Best Buy, where I will) purchase a new desktop computer, which I will probably use at home, then I will take my laptop to school and set it up like I now have it at home. It's sitting open on the top shelf of a computer desk (so I can see the monitor), and I am typing on a wireless full-sized keyboard (I have a regular mouse, too). I want to get a locking file cabinet before I do that, though, so I can store it in a reasonably safe place each night (my school is not in a great neighborhood). I absolutely do not want to cart it home & back every day - I have to transport enough junk as it is!
     

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