Now, I'll be the first to admit, I love school supplies, but even more, I love storage...anything storage. Storage containers, cabinets, shelves, boxes, bins....everything. I sometimes come home with another storage item to organize our too-small closets to a husband who says the closets are only small because there are too many plastic Sterilite storage containers in them. He's right. But, I can buy it for my classroom, that way it won't clutter my house! Well, I was really good today when I went to Michael's and Hobby Lobby. This Rolling Cart with rainbow drawers was my Michael's purchase. It is originally $80, but it was 50% off and I used my 15% teacher's discount. It ended up being $34 including tax. I'm going to use it to sort and store construction paper. Last year, I just put it in a filing cabinet but within a few weeks, it was extremely disorganized.
Next, I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased these 6 quart Sterilite organizers...you know...the size that will fit a pair of shoes. They come 5 per pack and were $10.00. I used my 40% off coupon (and dragged my husband along to use one on the second set) so, I almost got one for free. I'm thinking these will be perfect for math manipulatives and craft supplies. They're the perfect size to keep on the tall shelves of my bookcases. I was going in to this thinking the lids would be blue because that's what I saw on their website, but I am thrilled to have the pink!
Now, for some more Target finds. I'm going to start from bottom up. I got the red duct tape in the dollar section and plan on using that to tape down my red rug. Somehow, the corners started curling up a lot this year and I don't want anyone to trip. Hopefully, it won't leave a sticky mess on the floor when I take it off at the end of the year. The next is black polka dot packing tape. They had a bunch of other colors too, and I contemplated getting one of each, but I didn't want to have a ton of different patterns going on. I don't even know what I'll use it for yet, but it was just too pretty to pass up. The large Scotch tape was not in the dollar section, but it is a necessity for me. Our building isn't air conditioned and nothing will stick to the wall except for this stuff. I've tried everything!
Now, my favorite purchase, A KEURIG! I have the Platinum series at home which is amazing, but a bit much for a classroom. My problem is that I live about 30 minutes away from school and by the time I make the coffee and drive there, get settled in, and take my first sip, it's already luke-warm. :-( I bought this at Kohls when they had it on sale for $100, but I had a 30% off coupon from the mail that I used to bring down the cost. It'll definitely get a TON of use. I just hope this little guy will hold up for the whole year. The best thing about the Keurig in my classroom is that I can get my stash of a million K-Cups out of my pantry and get my husband off my back for always purchasing more flavors before finishing the ones I already have. It's an addition. I admit it.
What have you purchased this year ? Leave a link in the comments. I'd love to see it (and if I have enough self control...not purchase it for myself).