The job I have can best be described as teaching, except I am in a classroom for "adults".
In any event, I am not spending tons, but there's just not $$$ really to reimburse me for stuff that makes the program better. My boss told me to stop laying out $$ because I probably would not be reimbursed.
(i.e. I just signed up for a movie subscription, once in awhile I bring in snacks for the clients to make, etc.).
I used to work at an agency where I was reimbursed for everything, so I find this weird. I also work for a really large system now which makes it doubly weird, but I guess that's the bureaucracy...........
Do you have similar where you are?
Obviously I am guessing if you are a teacher, this is the norm. LOL (or not).
Note: There is a small amount of $$$ but we can only use it certain times a year, and by then we are out of everything that would enhance the program. I could also have my clients do a fundraiser or ask them/their families to donate stuff, but I kinda feel that's not right, especially for people who are on a super-limited budget and faced with other hardships.