Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Tip for Saving Money on Bulletin Board Background Paper {Money Saving Tips for Teachers}

When it comes to setting up and decorating a classroom I typically suggest colorful bedsheets as the background for all my bulletin boards. I like those because they are large, cost effective and because the color stays vivid, but mostly because they fold up well and can be used again and again. 

However, if I am decorating a smaller space, covering a door, or hanging the background on a cinderblock wall, I will often use paper. In these situations I prefer to use a material that will resist fading from the sun or classroom lighting. In the past I have purchased the paper from a teacher supply store, but have found a way to buy the paper much cheaper so I wanted to share it with you. 

Many big name craft stores (Michaels and A.C. Moore to name two) now carry a small line of resources for teachers including bulletin board trims, letters, and background papers. Some even offer full bulletin board sets, name tags and more. What I like about purchasing these items from Michaels and A.C. Moore is that those stores offer weekly coupons of either 40% or 50% off a single product. These coupons can be accessed with a quick click on their website and you don't even need a printed coupon. I just pull it up on my iPhone and show the screen to the cashier. They even accept coupons from their competitions. It gets even better. Both stores offer an additional 15% teacher discount on top of the coupon for teachers. Simply show them your school ID. 

The cost of the paper was $8.99 minus the 40% coupon = $5.39 
After the 15% teacher discount = $4.58 


Isn't that a great price for a roll of fadeless paper? I love that it comes in different patterns that would complement a classroom theme as well as in solids. 

Happy Decorating!

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