When I first began teaching, I spent tons of money on odds and ends, especially stocking up at the beginning of the year. Half of those items I rarely used, and some of those items I still did not have enough of. It is important for teachers beginning their career to know what is most important to stock up on at those beginning of the school year sales, and for when their school system lets them order materials. We have to be good at budgeting and getting what is most important. Below are what I found to be my top 10 most needed things throughout the school year. I work at a school that, unfortunately, does not have have an abundance of these items. I plan on asking for donations of some of these items from parents at the beginning of the year. Staples, Office Depot, and Office Max always have great deals on many essentials (we're talking a penny), so check ads (available online too) and shop every week at the start of the school year. I am also curious if others find that my essentials list is similar to theirs, and what other teachers found they needed most, so please post in the comments section with suggestions for all the teachers out there.