Why'd I Buy It - Linky

Well, since the last time I posted the things I bought for my classroom I have not stopped buying. From the feedback I got from other teachers - you have been shopping too and sometimes need to explain why you needed to buy what you bought. So here is your chance. Link up with your purchases, show us what you bought, tell us why you bought it or how you are going to use it! Then we will totally validate your purchase, ooh and ahh over it, the way only other teachers can : )

Graphics from Melonheadz, Fonts from KG Fonts

Here are SOME of my recent purchases.

These pails:

They are 2 for $1.00 at Dollar Tree. My plan is to use them for classroom supplies. Sharpened and Unsharpened pencils, rulers, whiteboard markers etc. I am still thinking about buying buckets for bucket filling I am just worried about how much space they will take up.

These foam pieces:

Another Dollar Tree purchase - 32 for $1.00. I read a blog post (that I can not find right now) about using foam pieces as coasters for water bottles to avoid the water bottle fall and spill phenomenon. I am going to give it a try.

These cable ties:

Again - Dollar Tree - $1.00!! I already posted how I was going to use these to attach  back pack tags for my students - and I have a ton of them at home - white (or off white as seen in the above picture!!) - but these - these are bright colours - these match - these can be colour coordinated with the tags - these I had to have.

This hole puncher:

Bought it at Michaels - $9.99 but of course I had a 40% off coupon. It punches rectangles!!! I first heard about this from my friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching. It is perfect for making banners - the ribbon fits through the rectangle hole and lies perfectly. I have wanted one since she mentioned it (she has all the best tools!!) and now I have one. I am afraid my classroom might be over run with banners this year!! This is my exit ticket banner getting the rectangle hole punch treatment.

We went to a surplus store and I scored these:

Two huge packs of a paper for $1.99 each. They will be perfect for a writing center or to go with craftivities or even for math problem solving (make a model and explain your model!). Very happy with this find : )

Last one, these notebooks:

Dollar Tree - $1.25 each - very jealous when I hear about sales from other bloggers!! I only bought 6 for shared journal writing but I am debating going back to get a whole class set. I am not sure if I want them as journals or INB's - I like the open space at the top but wonder if that is necessary for INB's. Can't think too long or they will be gone.

So grab the button and link up. The linky is open all month and will be back the last Wednesday of each month (because my school shopping is not limited to BTS!). Be sure to check out some of the other posts and give them some validation and love : )


  1. You are making me so jealous. I haven't been to the Dollar Tree all month. I bought some school supplies at Walmart, but they are in the trunk of doom(kind of like a basement) and I was too lazy on the couch to go and get them out for a picture...with my new camera. I'm just going to sit and drool at your stuff you got instead. XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I am really trying to justify buying a cordless vacuum for my classroom. We have one at home and it would be so useful. Maybe if I find it on super sale my hubs won't roll his eyes as much! Haha

    Teaching with Hope

  3. I love the Dollar Tree! It is my favourite dollar store! You have been very busy! Everything looks great! Thanks for the fun link party!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  4. Looks like I need a trip to Dollar Tree!!! Thanks for linky! Julie

  5. I'm loving all of your purchases! The Dollar Tree by me never seems to have all of those fabulous finds! I'm going to have to go on a mission!
    Thanks for the fun link party!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

  6. I need to hit the Dollar Tree ASAP!! Great purchases and I totally see the use for all of them!!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  7. Amazon is my addiction. I can't stop buying books for my classroom. My husband is beginning to think there is something going on between me and the UPS guy who delivers all of my purchases because he is here so often! :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  8. I love all your Dollar Tree purchases! I have to admit that it seems weird to see you purchasing that paper though. I am looking forward to hearing about all your new adventures this year! :) XXOO
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  9. This is such a fun linky! Thanks for getting it started. I'm sure I'll be back next month! I love that hole punch. I've never made a banner for my class, but I think I would if I had that hole punch.
    Laughter and Consistency


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