How much do you spend on classroom supplies every year? I personally find it unfair that so many teachers spend their own money on their classrooms. (I'm already annoyed that I have to pay to get fingerprinted!) I am a first year teacher next year and I am hoping that my district has a classroom budget but I am still not sure. I have watched teacher videos on YouTube and I was shocked at how much some teachers spent on their classrooms. I am personally happy to buy my own planner, sticky notes, pens, etc. since I like certain types/colors. But I definitely don't want to end up paying for my students' supplies, whiteboard markers, a stapler, hole puncher, tape, glue, etc. I'm working in a low income school so I'm not sure how many supplies my kids will bring. As a first year teacher, I know there are probably organizational things I will have to buy like trays for organizing my supplies, trays for organizing copies, turn in bins, etc. I also see decorating the classroom as an expense because I need bulletin board borders, posters, letters, etc. I would also like to laminate things that I put up, but I would likely have to buy a laminator! I know that middle school teachers don't have to buy as many things as elementary teachers but it's still overwhelming! It also seems like my school doesn't have a curriculum for teachers. As a new teacher, I don't want to be making my own resources every day. That's what I did for my student teaching and it wasn't sustainable. My mentor teacher suggested that I start with Engage NY, but in my student teaching I found that I really didn't like Engage NY. I'm worried that I'll end up having to spend $$ on teacherspayteachers and other curricular resources. I would be annoyed if I had to buy my own textbook but I really don't think I can make my own materials all year. I am lucky because my scholarship program gives us about $150 to spend so I might buy mini whiteboards or a math manipulatives for my students. (Or maybe I'll invest in a curriculum.) I am obviously not spending any of my money or my scholarship money until I see my classroom. I'm going to use some organizing supplies that I already have at home too. Does anyone have any tips for saving money as a first year teacher?