Every year, teachers around the country shell out hundreds of dollars of their own money on school supplies to help their students get what they need to succeed. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that the total amount spent out-of-pocket by K-12 teachers in the United States was more than $1.33 billion—that’s an average of $356 per teacher.
If you’re a hardworking teacher who finds that the “official” budget just doesn’t cut it most of the time, it may be in your best interest to get up early and fight the crowds on one of the biggest sale days of the year—Black Friday. Here’s how to take advantage of the best deals:
Make a Plan and Stick to It
One of the reasons why Black Friday is usually such a success for retailers is that it’s easy for people to get lured into buying more than what they want. Shoppers often get caught up in a Black Friday frenzy—in other words, you may go in for some pencils before you know it are walking out with a cartload of discount DVDs.