I would by no means call myself a frugal person. I have no problem shelling out a couple hundred bucks for a good pair of jeans, or a dress that I’m only going to wear once. I have a closet full of clothes with the tags still on. But one thing I am great at – finding bargains for my classroom.
Some of my great bargain hunting, I’m sure, comes from my mom 🙂 who is also a teacher. She is as responsible with money as I am careful not to walk through spider webs. She’s always got her eyes on the sale ads for me. So when we heard there were some great teacher items in the $1 section at Target, we were on out way.
It took us 2 different trips to 2 separate Targets, and a few bags of Pretzel M&Ms, to find what we are working for. Here is what we found…
My first purchase – mini desk caddies! I purchased enough for each student to have their own, hopefully alleviating some of that “urge” to steal crayons from one another. I think it will also be a great way to move from kindergarten, where everyone shared caddies, to first grade, where we are older and smarter and therefore deserve our own personal supplies.
1 individual desk caddy – $1 @ Target
Here is an idea of what the mini caddies will look like when filled. This scissors is larger than one my students will actually use in school but it was all I had. I am also using an UHU stick which claims to be a large glue stick but I don’t believe it. You are not fooling anyone, UHU stick.
Next, I splurged on the good plastic folders. Only the best for my kiddies.
1 plastic folder – $0.50 @ Target
This is more than I’d normally spend on a folder but my very generous mom wanted to do her part. Now I have a stack of nice, new, shiny plastic folders just waiting to get destroyed in my kid’s backpacks.
If you don’t have as generous a mom as myself, you can also get…
1 cardboard folder – $0.15 @ Target
1 cardboard folder – $0.01 @ Walgreens ( limit 16 so bring a friend with to help you stock up!)
Last, I purchased 30 cardboard magazine holders. They seem pretty sturdy, and I’m hoping they will last at least half the year once I bandage them up with packaging tape. I plan to use these during the Daily 5 for “Read to Self”. Each student will get their own, and they will be filled with about 8 books. The only problem with these magazine holders – the ridiculous patterns. The one you are seeing is my favorite of the bunch.
1 cardboard magazine(book) holder – $1 @ Target
or, if you want something much simpler…
5 cardboard magazine holders – $1.99 @ IKEA
A 24 pack of Crayola Crayons was $0.40, and Composition notebooks were $0.50 each. I didn’t buy either because I know that these prices will continue to go down. Last year, I got the 24 packs of Crayola Crayons for $0.25 each, and I got a pack of 3 composition notebooks for $0.25 at Target.
I did buy a few squishy balls because who doesn’t want a squishy ball with eyes and tenticles? I got some new parts for my Calendar – days of the week, months, weather, etc. I purchased a few new pointers, name plates, notecards, and labels. DON’T FORGET TO BUY LABELS…you need them for anything, and everything, whether you think so or not.
And then I went to Nordstrom and got a really great shirt…ON SALE 🙂