Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Zero Spending Plan.... Yeah Right!

So, as the year ended last year, I began to make my plan for the summer.  In my mind, I already had a ton of things that would work for next year.  I wouldn't need to purchase anything... yeah, right!

I have really done great up until now.  I honestly had only purchased the baskets I blogged about recently.  Well, I decided to use the folders I already had to make some testing dividers/ testing corrals.  They are easy to make and help the kids keep their work to themselves. 

All you have to do is take 2 file folders.  Put the left side of one into the right of the other like pictured.  I have used a stapler to put them together in the past, but this time I just used a glue stick.  My tip for you is to number them.  That way each student keeps their own at their desk.  Easy Peasy!

 They fold into themselves for storage!

I decided to take them to a local teacher store to get laminated instead of waiting to get them done at school.  Usually I wouldn't do that, but I figured the small amount spent would be worth it in the long run.  Now they are already cut out and ready to be used. 

I also bought a few things while I was there.  I am updating my welcome bulletin board to these:
I also bought a few more bulletin board borders for the space by my windows.

My classroom curtains have been the same for 7 years... decided to update them to this: (the fabric looks a bit different in person).  My fabulous sister in law (who reads my blog- hey Jac!) is going to make them for me!

Lastly, we went to Target and they were putting out their back to school stuff.  I bought this cute owl to put my scissors and pens in:

Also bought these- figured they would be easier than trying to use duct tape to make my own.  I may make a few and test them side by side.

Please keep my sis-in-law's family in your thoughts and prayers- her grandfather isn't doing well right now.  He is like a member of our family too.  He is a great man and hopefully he is feeling better soon.  Thank you!


  1. I also had a zero spending plan about the year to come. But today I spent $14.00 on markers (dry erase and chart paper) and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Then I almost purchased a post-it note holder that is shaped like a cupcake but refrained, only to call my boyfriend and remind him he hasn't bought me anything recently . . . I have an office supply problem. :/

    Second Grade Math Maniac

  2. Everyone seems to find such cute stuff at Target!

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  3. Those were some great finds.I’m your newest follower. Please check out my blog if you get a chance Calling Plays in 2nd Grade.
    Thanks, Shanell

  4. I am making those privacy folders this week. I awarded you an award, stop by and check it out.

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  5. I love your stuff - it's so cute! How much fun. I will pray for your SIL's grandfather. I'm a new follower, so keep us updated. I also just nominated you for the One Lovely Blogger Award. Check it out and enter to win my giveaway!