The IRS gives teachers a 200-some dollar deduction each year for classroom purchases. Most teachers I know spend waaaaaaaaaaay more than that. $200 is kind of laughable, but don't get me wrong; I'm thankful they allow even that much.
I went thrift store shopping for my classroom today, which I find tremendously fun to do. No kidding. I've been planning this cross town trip for a couple of weeks.
These are the great buys I got:
Pop-up books. GOOD ones. When kids finish their artwork early, they make a beeline for pop-up books...
...and these. Where's Waldo kind of books.
My coworkers and I trade all kinds of self made dvds and cds. I found a box of paper sleeves for them. Much better than putting discs in taped up copy paper or manila envelopes.
I found both this book on trolls and this Edvard Grieg cd of Peer Gynt. They weren't meant to be together, so it was just a teeny bit of serendipity. (The story of Peer Gynt includes a visit with trolls.) I always play cds during work time, and I think the kids will love this one.
Then I found a couple of things just for me. I always look for tiny frames, and so I was happy to find four of them in this little bag for cheap.
...and then something for traveling with my Granddaughter in a few days. Travel Bingo.
All this, and another cd I left in the truck, for around $13.
If I had bought the school part of this full price, it would have used up most of that IRS deductable. It makes me feel like I hit the jackpot somehow to get this much for so little.