Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dollar Store Shopping List for Teachers

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Is it me, or have some dollar stores really kicked it up a notch with their inventory? Since originally posting my list of dollar store treasures for the classroom, I've found even more goodies during my weekly trips to my local dollar stores. So I've updated my list AND created a printable shopping list for you to take with you the next time you're looking to stock up your classroom!

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I enjoy browsing the aisles of dollar stores. So many practical items on the cheap. And now that they carry teaching and classroom supplies...oh, yeah! For some reason, though, dollar stores have yet to become my go-to for a teacher's little necessities. When the need arises, I often end up overpaying for the same stuff at the supermarket that's four doors down.


Enough is enough. The buck stops here (figuratively) and at the dollar store (literally). I have decided to make a running list of classroom items that I have bought/should buy/will buy at dollar stores.* 

(*I do realize that back-to-school sales at big box stores offer some of these items at ridiculously low prices, so I encourage everyone to stock up on 20 cent crayons and glue. However, when mid-school year hits, and you're in a bind, dollar stores can be your very best friend.)

This list will have a permanent home in my wallet, and you're welcome to make a home for it in yours as well. 

No more punch-in-the-gut realizations that I spent three times as much on glitter than necessary!
School Supplies
pens
pencils
erasers
highlighters
correction tape
crayons
glue
envelopes
notepads
notebooks
markers
scissors
decorative printer paper
note cards
push pins
paper clips
stapler
dry erase markers
rulers
composition books
calculators
white boards

Crafts
glitter
poster board
craft foam
clothes pins
safety pins
brown lunch bags
pipe cleaners
magnets
craft sticks
tissue paper
pompoms
paint
aluminum foil
aluminum pans
balloons

Rewards/Incentives
coupons
stickers
toys
candy
books
journals
book marks
coloring/activity books

Snazzy stickers and birthday coupons
Classroom Management
name plates
planning book
grade book
handheld signs

Kids LOVED these!

Recess Equipment
bouncy balls
footballs
ball pump
puzzles
checkers
dominoes

Storage
desk drawer organizers
plastic tubs and baskets
plastic baggies
pop-up hampers
plastic containers
pen and pencil cups
laundry baskets
hangers

Many sizes = many configurations
Classroom Decor
calendars
vinyl tablecloths 
photo frames
vases
bulletin board accents
die-cut letters
holiday d├ęcor
wrapping paper
decorative rocks
magnets

Love the die-cut letters!
Glittery holiday goodness
Curriculum
flash cards
dictionaries
sentence strips
word wall materials
anchor charts
maps

Couldn't pass up this word wall spinner
Personal Sundries
bandages
antibiotic ointment
aspirin (or ibuprofen)
generic Pepto-Bismol
tissues
anti-bacterial soap
hand sanitizer
toothbrush
toothpaste
hairspray
static spray
lint roller
mugs
plastic plates and cutlery
snacks
bottled water
1 liter bottles of Mountain Dew

Handy Stuff
electrical tape
batteries
flashlights
food coloring
masking tape
tool kit
light bulbs
super glue

Cleaning Supplies
air freshener
hand broom and dustpan
glass cleaner
cleaning wipes
trash bags
dish soap
buckets
paper towels
generic Swiffer pads
microfiber cloths
sponges

Okay, here's a printable shopping list to take with you the next time that you gather your George Washingtons for a trip to the dollar store.


Your turn to add to the list! What about your dollar store finds? Leave a comment with some of the other treasures you've found at dollar stores.

1 comment:

  1. I love shopping at the dollar store! Thanks for sharing this great list!

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