This might be a bit embarrassing for some, but I thought it might be interesting to find out how much teachers are spending on their "kiddos" these days. When I started out almost forty years ago, it was common knowledge that many teachers willingly spent thousands of dollars on school stuff. So, my question is: How much have you spent so far on school supplies, materials and equipment so far (i.e. TOTAL TO DATE)? I presume most people don't keep a running total, so just make a guesstimate. Be sure to include the number of years you've been teaching and the grade levels which will provide some perspective. I'll start off. I admit I'm somewhat of a tightwad and could never bring myself to buy job-related things unless it was required - like a uniform. Aside from clothing, I would guess I didn't spend more than $100 throughout my almost 40-year career in K-12 education.