Why I Buy on TPT

Ever see something on Teachers Pay Teachers and think, "I could make that."  It's true, you probably could make some of the great products on Teachers Pay Teachers yourself.
But you know what?  This past weekend, I watched the first Harry Potter movie with my family.  My younger daughter had just finished the first book and almost came out of her skin with excitement to see this book come to life in front of her.  2 1/2 hours.
I took my girls jeans shopping.  Felt like 10 hours, but more like 3 hours.

I watched my niece, so my sister could get something done without a baby attached to her.  Four hours.
That was a lot of time I had this weekend to enjoy my family.  I could have let the girls watch the movie with my husband.  I could have begged my mom to take the girls jean shopping.  I could have skipped offering to babysit my niece.  I could have made all the resources I need for the next week instead.

I'm not saying I never make things for the classroom.  I do enjoy making resources for my students to use, but I also enjoy not having to.  I love this product from Jodi Southard from Fun in First.
This product will be a huge chunk of my October plans for my second grade groups.  I just bought a ton of time for $8.55.  Time to do things like sip coffee and sit on my butt and read blogs.

Here's one that probably would have taken me 20+ hours to make.  Which means it never would have happened, and my students would have missed out on this great site word practice from Miss DeCarbo.
And this one from the amazing Jen Jones.  It's got over 400 pages, and I'll use it all year long, every single week with my 3rd and 4th grade friends.  No matter what text I'm reading, there's something in here to support it.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know my students flipped out over this main idea and supporting details activity.  
Except their teachers probably hate me because we did the hashtag part at the end right before I sent them back to class.  They were hashtagging everything.  "Hashtag that was awesome" "Hashtag see you later" "Hashtag bye".  

These purchases add up.  I know teachers aren't making football money.  In some states, you aren't even making garbage truck driver money.  Spend wisely.  Start by buying products that you can use all month or year long.  They cost more, but you get more bang for your buck.  Wishlist items you like and buy during sales.  If you follow stores, you'll get a notice.  And if there's a site wide sale, your social media and Bloglovin' accounts will be blowing up, so no chance of missing those. ; )

What do you buy on TPT?  Any great products I'm missing?


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9 comments

  1. Amen!!!
    This such an important message - thank you for sharing. To think that items priced $5-10 (don't forget redeeming all those feedback points) can save you literally hours and hours of time. TPT has truly changed my teaching.
    BTW, I also use Miss DeCarbo's sight word set because it's the BOMB - my students love it, they need the extra practice with sight words, and they feel successful with it :)
    Such a great blogpost - thanks again!
    Jen

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  2. I could have WRITTEN this post! I buy so many items on TPT, and they save me so much time. Some of my favorite sellers are Jen Jones, Ashleigh, Amy Lemons, Blair Turner, and 3rd Grade Thoughts. So many of the activities I use in class were purchased from their stores.
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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  3. Awe how sweet!! Thank you so much for your kindness! I am so glad you like the sight word pack. :) :) I love the colors of your blog! :)

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  4. I couldn't agree more! I am teaching without a curriculum this year, and I don't know what I would do without TpT. (I think I have everything Jen Jones ever made that works with third grade.)
    Denise

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  6. Ha ha I just dropped $40.00 on TPT products this weekend. :) I made a comment about being indecisive about which ones to buy and ended up posted a ton of them on my FaceBook page. I know that I can make some of these things but I also know that I can't make them as gorgeous as these other ladies do. I don't mind buying them. I actually LOVE buying them. The best part is knowing that I am giving some of my Teachers friends the money.
    Melissa
    Ms. K/1 ELL
    A Teacher's Plan

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