Teaching Secrets: Spend Less on School Supplies
Jenny, a waitress, noticed at the end of her shift there was a napkin shortage. So she used her tips to stop and pick up a few packs. Alan, a bus driver, got caught in a traffic jam during his route. So he used his personal credit card and filled the bus with gas before ending his shift. Jamal, an administrative assistant, noticed the office supplies were low. On his lunch break, he cashed his check and proceeded to the office supply store to stock up. Nothing special, just copy paper, toner, and a computer monitor.
Sound ridiculous? Who uses their personal funds to supplement items needed for their job? Well, if you’re like me and thousands of other teachers around the country, you know the answer.
In 2010, researchers found that teachers were spending an average of $356 on classroom supplies per year —nothing special, just paper, pencils, and supplements to inadequate curricular materials. And we all know teachers who are spending much, much more—especially given the tightening of school budgets and the impact of the recession on students' families. I have bought everything from books to bookshelves, pencils to printers,...
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