This week I’d like to share a short and sweet tip with you.
Office Depot (Copy and Print Depot) will spiral bind your stuff. It’s super-cheap AND awesome!!
I’m a binder freak. I’ve got binders of everything. Since I’ve always made my own teaching materials, I’ve got them all shelved away in BINDERS. I’m totally having a Mitt Romney flash back here.
So, what’s wrong with BINDERS? It’s the organization part. I need a copy made of something, so I sent it downstairs. When I get my copies back, I’ve got to go back and refile it in my binder. Sometimes I forget – then I’ve got pages MISSING from my binder. Grrr. Then, while I’m teaching, I’ve got my answer key or guide in there and I’ve got this big clunky binder taking up space on my podium or laptop cart or wherever. I know this all sounds trivial. I seriously didn’t realize the fault in my binder system until I discovered (by accident) spiral binding at Office Depot!
I’ve blogged before about my affinity for copying stuff at my Office Depot. It’s between my house and my school so it’s always a convenient stop. Even though my school *finally* purchased a color printer for me this year, I like to have posters and anything I’m going to display or even laminate printed there on their NICE heavy card stock because their printers are ALWAYS bright and colorful and I don’t have to worry about replenishing my ink.
Now, having all of my binders turned into spiral bound BOOKS is my brand new addiction. The FIRST things I had spiral bound were my interactive notebooks, since I use those the MOST. Here’s what they look like:
If that doesn’t make your boat float, I don’t know what will! How much will those puppies set you back? Well, if you bring in your own printed pages to Office Depot, you’ll pay only $3 for the binding and an optional 50 cents for a clear plastic cover. Forserious. And if you send a whole PDF document, it’ll be 10 cents per page for black and white, plus the $3.50 mentioned above. I have done it both ways. When bringing paper stacks into the store, it literally takes them seconds to spiral bind it for you.
Go ahead and wipe the drool off of your face, neck, and keyboard, and get to binding stuff! There are several other places that will bind it too – Staples, UPS stores, etc. I plan to slowly have all of my binders converted over to spiral bound books. I’m thinking if I just do one or two per week, my husband won’t notice the extra expense.