I get about 60.00 for supply order each spring. Things like file folders, glue sticks, markers for the classroom add up fast. So, I don't use up my money for pencils. I buy those myself when I find a cheap deal of a large box. Why don't students bring their own pencils? Well, I never had that problem in elementary school. The students always had their own or borrowed. Now, in middle school it's a constant problem since they're changing classes, some disorganized students, some students who just don't care com without. My principal would probably buy me some, but I have never asked. I've never been told to buy anything with my own money, only do it for convenience and to keep things running as smoothly as possibly for my sanity.