Various news reports typically come out near the beginning of the school year highlighting how much money we teachers spend on school supplies.

Five hundred dollars is usually what they say (see The Best Data On How Much Money Teachers Pay Out Of Their Own Pocket – What Do You Spend?), but I think that’s a low figure.  I’m pretty sure my expenses are closer to $1,000 or more.

It’s the beginning of the school year and teachers are once again opening up their wallets to buy school supplies is from the Economic Policy Institute. Their article is particularly interesting because they show the average amount spent in each state.

‘Ridiculous’: Teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for first day of school from USA Today and 31 teachers across the US reveal their exact salary, and how much of it goes to paying for school supplies like chalk and pencils from Business Insider are two other recent related stories.