I've spent over a thousand dollars this year. What have I bought? Books for my classroom library. All used but, even so, a couple of hundred used books adds up to a decent amount of dollars. Source books. I have no curriculum materials for my LLD students and I needed additional materials for my resource students. Bulletin board sets and classroom decorations. I hope you don't think this makes me a bad teacher but I am just so not artsy. I know it would be cheaper if I could make my own things but that's just not going to happen. Manipulatives. My math students needed them desperately. Incentives/prize box tokens. You may think that, ideally, they shouldn't need this but it works! Supplies. Teachers order their supplies the year prior. I'm new so I couldn't order anything last year. There are some things that I've begged, borrowed, or stolen ( ) to get but plenty more that I've had to buy myself. Baskets, file holders, stickers, stampers, and other misc. - a teacher's gotta have 'em. I'm sure there's other things that I'm forgetting but somehow, that's added up to four figures! Is this normal because my husband is NOT happy! He keeps telling me I'm going to need a job to pay for my job.