How much money have you personally spent on your classroom so far this year?

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  1. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    I'm a first year teacher. I started buying things for my desk and reading area back in May when I was about to graduate. Then I started buying art supplies because I knew my students would use it. Then came the books for the classroom library - new and used. Then classroom posters, games, puzzles. :blush:

    I'm two weeks in and I'm still buying things. My husband is going nuts. Yesterday he told me to quit using so much of our home printer ink for school stuff. :(

    I've probably spent close to 1k since May on my classroom. :eek: How about you guys?
     
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  3. michelleann27

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    Last year I spent that much if not more... This year so far about 400. And yes i use as much ink here as I do at the school. That is why I have my own laptop, computer, palm, two printers, just for the stuff I need and husband has his own. That way he can not get mad at me for using so much paper and ink. :)
     
  4. giraffe326

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    This year, I spent maybe $100-150. Last year (my first year), from August-June, I probably spent at least $1200-1500 (that is including money spent on book orders). However, I had a LOT of things I had collected over the year (especially books- but they were mostly picture books and I teach 5th).

    I do not print ANYTHING at home. I refuse to.
     
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    I think I'm at about $200 so far this year (but that doesn't include the approximately $700 I spent last year as a sub buying things in prep for having my own classroom) AND - I'm not done yet. Only out of money. So I'm waiting for the next paycheck to get the remainder of stuff that I'd like - probably another 300-400. I think.
     
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    Make sure you check come tax time -- some of that can be written off. I know NJ allows us to write off $250 each year for classroom supplies. Not even close to what I actually spend, but every little bit helps.....
     
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    Same here in Mississippi we get 250 tax write off :D
     
  8. Missy99

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    Okay, I am up to around $300. I figure I would have spent it on candy for myself, so I am ahead on not gaining weight, right? :)
     
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    Between $40-$50 - Most was at Staples when they had things for 5 cents to 25 cents. A few things at the dollar store. Biggest items were two 6 shelved bins from Target. Originally $24.00 each, got them both for $9. I asked the cashier for a teacher's discount and he knocked $2 off! A cute $15 rug that was marked down at Walgreens's for $4. I never pay full price for classroom items if I can help it.
     
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    I spent close to $3000 my first year. About half of it was for my library and was teacher resources. I am now on my 5th year in a self-contained class and I have spent about $150 but about $70 was on things I wanted but I didn't need. I am at a new school and they pretty well provided me with nothing...I only got 5 teacher resources but no curriculum material. I try not to print things out at home because of the cost of ink.
     
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    Teachers in my state get supply money from the legislature, do other states do that? New teachers get around $1,000, I've taught 12 years so I only get $250. I've probably spent over $200 past that so far, changed grade levels.
     
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    No state law here. My county has a set amount of money for the teachers, but it keeps getting smaller because there are more and more teachers it has to be divided between.
    We get about $200 this year (last year it was $235).
     
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    I'm at about $800 this year, which is a lot more than normal. I know there will be more during the year. My new classroom had NO bookshelves or storage. I bought 8 bookshelves at $18 each, a metal 4 shelf, 3 or 4 carts with drawers, computer desk, tv stand for my printer, 10 drawer colorful metal drawers, vcr/dvd player, etc etc etc.
     
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    I probably spent about $30-$40. I'd rather be creative with things I already have or get freebies somewhere then spend my own personal money.
     
  15. DHE

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    This year is my 5th year, so each year I try to spend less and less though this year for some reason, I have spent a lot more. I am probably close to $350 now and we got $320 from P to spend before school closed in May. My first year was a lot worse. Next year, it may be worse because I want to change the theme of my classroom since I have had the same theme for 5 yrs. My plans are to buy a lil' at a time throughout the year so I don't have to spend it all at once.
     
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    I think I'm at just under 1k this year. I made a lot at my garage sale, so I used that money. And I've spent over 100 on Vista Print stuff. And other misc. stuff-really adds up. I know I've spent at least 1k the other years I've taught, too-so put that at about 5k for my room so far. I get TONS of stuff off of freecycle, though, so it all evens out. And my new school is actually very good about getting items I need-they just got me the HSM II soundtrack for the kids to dance to, and some fabric crayons. I was in shock.
     
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    :eek::eek::eek: D*MN, I'm teachin' in the wrong state!! I got a whopping $100 new teacher money. All of the stuff I bought with it fit in one bag. :rolleyes:
     
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    last year was my first year. i taught kinder in a school that had 3 K classrooms and 3 sets of everything - i was the 4th teacher. i ended up spending about $3000 :(

    this year i'm probably at about $400 and i am planning on stopping. soon ;-)
     
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    I"m spending less this year with the high cost of gas/groceries. I usually spend at least 100 bucks to get started, and then I spend some each month...usually every time I visit WMart!
     
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    I've spent around $200, but I did a little "redecorating." I usually spend around $1500 for the entire year, but I'm trying to cut back on that :)
     
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    Well I did it again. I just went out and spent another $100...

    It's just so dang easy to do, ya know? My classroom was 95% empty when I got it. I guess I'm just trying to fill it as quickly as possible.

    To my credit though, $28 of that was at the dollar store. So at least I got some bargains!
     
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    Too much! I know at least $150 because the PTO for my school provided a check to each teacher for that amount and I was in a second able to give them those receipts for taxes. The rest of the receipts I have for when I do my taxes in February - I am in denial of how much I spend but if I relied on schools or donations I would have very very little.
     
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    I didn't spend all that much this year, maybe $80 . . . and it was all stuff mostly for ME, and not so much for the kids although I did stock up on 1 cent pencils and cheap notebook paper at Staples.

    Last week I broke over and bought $70 worth of stress balls before my all-male classes drove me nuts with their fidgets.
     
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    I usually spend TONS but last year January our school custodial duties were taken over by a private company and since then they have repeatedly left my classroom door open and I have been burglarized 4 times. This past weekend I was cleaned out again. I'm not spending any more money to help someone's drug habit (or whatever they are stealing for). I have probably lost close to $5000.00 worth of items in the past year and a half. And nothing gets replaced.
     
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    In TN, we get 250 for income tax.

    We received 100 a year in the past from the district, now it is zip due to the budget crisis.
     
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    I have spent about 350.00 so far this year at least. I haven't added up my receipts but I know it is a lot. I think I spend way too much but I just can't stop. I will see something that I know will help me with a lesson and I get it. Just last night I went to the Dollar Tree and spent 20.00 on balls for my motion unit.
     
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    At some point, we are supposed to be reimbursed for $200 for supplies. That's nice, if we ever get it. Of course, I've spent over 6 times that amount so far!
     
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    i thihk i spent 30 dollars so far this year, I am REALLY not going to let my spending go over the top,. this year is my 15th year though.
     

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