When I was a new primary teacher, my husband, then president of his local at the Children's Aid Society, told me, in convincing labourspeak, "The worker does not buy his own tools." Therefore, I have bought fewer than 20 picture books, other than for our own children, and next to no manuals or teachers' guides. Every Remembrance Day, Christmas, spring, Easter, etc., I would hunt down a copy of <u>Stone Soup.</u> or whatever books I needed, at the teacher resource centre or the public library, and return them after the alotted 3 weeks. It was time consuming and inconvenient, and I've often wished I had forked out the money for my own copies as other colleagues did, spending hundreds of dollars of their own funds to buy school resources. When the biggest spender of them all retired at my school, she held 3 garage sales where she sold her boxes and boxes and boxes of books. I've tried to not accumulate too much "teacher stuff" over the past few years, but I spent nearly 2 hours after school today and an hour yesterday separating things into piles: "recycle/garbage", "bequeath to a young teacher" and "save in case I supply teach". Trimming things down quite nicely. Not regretting my thrifty ways now.