During my first year of teaching I was a single mom so I couldn't afford to spend so much money. I just bought a few posters and borders. I also got a couple of projects funded through donorschoose to get basic things such as pencils, dry erarse markers, chalk, construction paper. My school back then provided very limited supplies so I had to spend some money. Two of my coworkers who were very young and single spent a lot of money. One of them spent over $2500 for her classroom and her classroom was beautiful. Now, that I can spend a little more, I actualy do. I mostly spend money on books about teaching and classroom supplies. I try to save as much as I can also. Last year I bought these old paper trays and I spray painted them a nice color and they look nice. I also go to garage sales to see if I can find things that I may need. Like, I once found a working electrical pencil sharperner for $3.00 and about 6 of unopened packages of transparencies for $2.00 each. I still have some. I have so much stuff now that I'm thinking about going to the teacher store that I love but I don't know what to get as I already have so much.