I just discovered this gem of a website, NAEIR.org. It’s basically a nonprofit shopping site that allows teachers to purchase items for CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!
In order to purchase from NAEIR, you first need to fill out the Teacher Registration Form, and then wait for your member approval to the program, which during back-to-school season, usually takes at least a few weeks. Once you are approved, you can shop till you drop.
Every item is donated and is technically “sold” as free; buyers are just responsible for a nominal Handling Fee per item, and then a Processing Fee based on the total amount spent.
For example, I was looking for markers and this was one of the listings that came up:
You would pay $1.50 for 20 dark pink markers.
To place an order, you have to have a minimum Handling Fee amount of $25 (it will not be hard to find $25 worth of items; there are 1,000’s of items). The processing fee is then calculated based on how much you are spending in Handling Fees.
Here is the chart for Processing Fees:
I haven’t placed an order yet, as I just filled out a registration form a week ago, so I don’t know exactly how long shipping takes, but once I get accepted and make a purchase, I will update you with new information I learn about NAEIR.org.
If you are a teacher, sign up FOR FREE to be a member at —> NAEIR.org.
Anyone who happens to already be a member of NAEIR.org, please leave a comment and tell us your experience with the nonprofit.
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As a teacher, I know how expensive buying school supplies is. I spend at least a few hundred dollars myself at the beginning of each school year in order to get my classroom up and running for my new set of kiddos. I’ve been working in a school district with >90% poverty rate for the past five years. Many of my students’ parents either aren’t able to afford school supplies or choose not to buy them; I don’t care which one is the case, because it’s absolutely worth it to me to spend this money to make sure all my students have the supplies they need to thrive in my class.
So it’s August, which means back to school season is upon us. I know many districts around the country have already started back to school, so I’m hoping you were able to find school supply deals on your own! Here in New York, we don’t go back until after Labor Day, so we still have time to get the best deals.
There are different stores I go to for school supplies: Target, Walmart, Office Max/Depot, Walgreens, and Dollar Tree mostly. Each store ends up having an awesome sale on certain items each year, so I wait for the ads to come out for those specific items. Target is my stop for spiral notebooks, Crayola crayons, pens, and looseleaf paper. Walgreens usually has good deals on printer paper and whiteboard markers. Office Max usually has 10 cent marble notebooks. Scissors, crayons, markers, and index cards are bought at Walmart.
The rest I am able to find for super cheap online at Dollar Tree. The best part, besides saving tons of money, is I don’t even have to walk through the store and get tempted to buy things I don’t need, because they SHIP TO YOUR LOCAL STORE FOR FREE! So you can order what you need online, and then pick it up at the store when it gets delivered.
I teach third grade, so we FLY FLY FLYYYYYYY through pencils. I used to teach middle/high school, and I’ve never seen so many pencils come and go like they do in elementary school. Dollar Tree usually has 24 packs of pencils for back to school. That’s only $1 for 24 PENCILS!!! I buy AT LEAST 10 packs just to start off the school year stocked up. And since children like to erase every word twelve times, therefore killing the eraser on each pencil, I buy the packs of 40 eraser tops for only $1. I will also use the eraser tops as little Kudos prizes for students showing good citizenship or finishing a chapter book. Other items I stock up on from Dollar Tree are whiteboard markers, cute pins for bulletin boards, file folders, clipboards, glue sticks, colored pencils, pencil pouches, borders for bulletin boards, flashcards, stickers, highlighters, big erasers, crayon boxes, reusable water bottles, totes, crates, labels, sticky notes, and the list goes on.
Schools are filled with germs, especially during cold and flu season, so I also stock my classroom full of cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer. I load up on sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, sponges, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap (can’t trust the bathrooms to be stocked), and tissues. I thought I went overboard last year when I stocked my classroom closet with all the cleaning items, but I actually ran out before the end of the year, and had to restock. So don’t underestimate the amount of cleaning and sanitize and nose-blowing that will be happening or be caught unprepared!
Part of being thrifty is knowing what items to buy at each store. Buying these items at Dollar Tree saves me tons of money each year! I hope my past successes help you save on your back-to-school shopping this year and for many years to come!
Head on over to Dollar Tree’s website here to get great deals while they are in stock!
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Ever since I hit puberty, I’ve been an excessive sweater. It was to the point where my wardrobe consisted of only black shirts. I constantly got the comments, “Why do you wear so much black?” and “You look like you’re going to a funeral.” It was beyond embarrassing. Girls aren’t supposed to sweat! If I even attempted wearing any other color shirt, the sweat stains would appear after about 5-10 minutes. I couldn’t even wear white shirts because those would just turn yellow after wearing them a couple times.
I read all kinds of blogs and books for ideas on how to stop my excessive sweating. I tried lots of “tricks” to get sweat stains out of white shirts. Doctors recommended I use clinical strength deodorants, and I’d get really excited each time I bought a different brand, thinking “This is going to be it! I’ll be able to wear all the cute clothes I want!” NONE OF THEM WORKED FOR ME! It was letdown after letdown.
My embarrassing sweating led to insecurities; I couldn’t borrow my friends’ clothes, and when they’d ask why I wouldn’t wear a shirt that would look SO CUTE on me, I’d have to come up with ridiculous excuses as to why my black t-shirt was a better choice for me.
Fast-forward to about 9 months ago. I saw an ad on Facebook for this deodorant system that’s supposed to eliminate excessive sweating. “I’ve heard this promise before,” I thought. What harm could come from trying it though? Especially at such a low price for the whole kit! So, I ordered my first Duradry 3-step system.
I didn’t have high expectations, considering nothing ever worked for me in the past. I opened the kit and read the instructions on the back of each product. The three products included are the Durydry PM, Duradry Wash, and Duradry AM. You start by using the Duradry PM for a few days in a row at night on clean underarms (I use the Duradry Wash every night in the shower) until you notice the excessive sweating has stopped; then you switch to using it every other night, and then if you’re able to, only a few times a week. The AM deodorant stick is to be used in the morning every day.
It took my body about 2-3 days to show a considerable difference in sweating, and about a week to completely transform into a non-sweater! I started wearing colorful shirts to work… NO SWEAT! I even gave it the “gray t-shirt during summer sweat test”, and I didn’t have one sweat stain the entire day! The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is applying the Duradry PM product on freshly shaven underarms, as it will sting and itch. As long as I shaved in the morning (or in the middle of the day) there was no irritation when I applied it before bed.
Excessive sweating might not seem like a big deal to many people, but it has negatively impacted my daily life for the past 19-ish years. This is a health issue that is near and dear to my heart. Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t promote anything if I’m not WOWed by it. The Duradry system is pure magic. I can’t express in words how much this one system has positively impacted my health, mind… my life!
If you deal with any type of excessive sweating, GET DURADRY! I feel so strongly about this that I would type this entire post in all caps, but I don’t want you to think I’m yelling at you.
I have a young daughter. Buying things for her is expensive, but I like to buy her the extra toy… or twelve. I’m able to do that with my thrifty shopping. One of my favorite websites to visit is Kids Warehouse. They have SO MANY THINGS for kids, and they even have a pet category! And the best part… the AMAZING prices! I honestly can’t rave enough about the prices.
I have bought sheet sets, storage cubes, a toy
chest, throw pillows, towels, games, toys, mattress protectors, pajamas, and a
ton more from Kids Warehouse for next to nothing.
I’m actually shopping on the site while writing this post (need more
$5.99 Glee sheets for the new Big Girl bed).
Being an elementary school teacher,
I like to have a welcoming classroom for my kiddos. I stocked up on these $1.99 throw pillows and
put them in our Reading Center. I
wrapped the big cardboard box they came in (I ordered 10) with Frozen wrapping
paper, and before you know it, a comfy (affordable) reading nook to foster my
students’ love for reading.
If you know someone who’s having a baby, there are some
great deals on brand name baby items, including Carter’s, Disney, Red Hens,
Melissa & Doug, Fisher-Price, and many more. Here are a couple items I
found on the Sale page.
They also have really pretty household items.
Here are a few of the things I’ve bought for kids’
I was actually able to find a really cute Cami and Panty set
for myself for an INSANE price!
You can totally find Secret Santa or White Elephant gifts
As if I wasn’t going to buy their items anyways, they offer an incentive program called My Kids Rewards. When you sign up for a Kids Warehouse account, you click on My Kids Rewards, join, and start earning points for every purchase. You get 5 points per dollar spent, so they add up quickly. You can redeem your points for $ off coupons for future orders. They add new items all the time, so every time I shop, I continue to earn and redeem My Kids Rewards points.
Sign up now by clicking on any of my referral links in this post (or here ->) My Kids Warehouse Referral Link and get 100 points automatically for registering for My Kids Rewards.
And to save you even MORE money! Here are coupon codes you
can use towards your first purchase:
Let me introduce myself. My name is Stefani and I play many roles on a daily basis. I am a mom, elementary school teacher, partner, woman, entrepreneur, Cat mom, friend, daughter, and much more. I wear a lot of hats everyday, sometimes 4-5 at a time; heck, we all do!
Part of juggling all these roles involves finding the time and money needed to fulfill all of them. I know we could all use a little help finding more of both! Which is why I decided to start my website BeThriftyWithMe.com.
I pride myself with being a thrifty shopper (extreme couponing anyone?) and finding awesome deals on kids clothes, household necessities, cat food, educational toys, books, beauty products, clothes and accessories for me and my SO, and just about anything else you can think of! This set of skills has helped me and my family tremendously, so I’d like to pay it forward and help others be thrifty with me!
Some of my thrifty shopping involves buying items on clearance, going to thrift stores or garage sales, or using FB marketplace, but most of my best deals are found from FB ads, blog posts, or using coupon codes online. I can’t even begin to tell you how much money my Amazon Prime account has saved me or how many awesome deals I’m able to find on Christmas gifts throughout the year!
I will be writing lots of posts about different ways to save money, providing links where you can get exclusive savings, and reviewing products that I have bought in the past that you might not know about.
I look forward to getting to know you! Please, introduce yourself in the comments. What is your name? Where are you from? What kind of information do you hope to learn?