We all know school budgets are tight and often teachers are purchasing classroom supplies out of their own pockets. Whether spending your own money or school budget money, as teachers, we need to make every penny count. I have compiled a list of money-saving tips for teachers (& homeschool parents) to use to help you make your pennies go farther.
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Don’t lie, you go to Target all the time. Target has so many great items for things like classroom decor and organization!
If you shop there as much as I do, make sure you are taking advantage of the free Target Circle program. When you join, you will automatically get 1% back on all purchases that can be redeemed at any time. In addition, you’ll get extra deals, and offers just for you. You also earn votes to help determine where Target gives back to your local community.
Use Teacher Discounts
There are so many stores that offer teacher discounts! I use mine all the time at Barnes and Noble and Michaels. Gift Card Granny compiled a HUGE list of places that offer discounts to teachers. Next time you are out shopping be sure to ask if they offer a discount!
Shop at dollar stores and thrift stores
You can get awesome deals on things for your classroom at both the dollar store and thrift stores. For better or worse, you never know what you’ll find there, which can be exciting! I have found great storage containers and art supplies at the dollar store. And at thrift stores, I like to look at the book sections to fill my classroom library.
Shop on Facebook Marketplace
Another place where you can find awesome stuff for your classroom is Facebook Marketplace. I know teachers who have found cute decor like rugs, chairs, bookshelves, and tables through Facebook Marketplace. Check it out!
HP Instant Ink program
If you print a lot in your own classroom (or even just a little!) consider investing in an HP Instant Ink printer and signing up for an HP Instant Ink subscription. You sign up for the number of pages you print in a month, instead of the amount of ink. Your printer keeps track of your ink levels and will automatically send you new cartridges when you are running low. You will save money (the HP website says most customers save up to 50%) and you’ll never run out of ink.
Book Outlet is great for buying books at discounted prices! They sell brand new books of all kinds at great prices. Fill your classroom library for yourself and your students by shopping here.
Ask for donations
If you have a specific need in my mind crowd-fund it by asking for donations. Ask parents or create a classroom fundraiser on a site like Donors Choose.
Buy things a year ahead of time
One of my favorite ways to save on holiday-themed items is to stock up a year ahead of time. The week after Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, I shop the clearance sections and buy things for the next school year. It’s not only a way to save money, you are never caught unprepared for a holiday.