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Dealing with Your No Paycheck Summer

“Have fun this summer… by the way, there’s no paycheck!” Does your office say that on the last day of school? Some teachers don’t get paid during the summer months. If you’re a new teacher or switching districts, you might not think...

5 Easy Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

“You’re getting older.” That’s what the doctor said about weight gain. My friends didn’t take my weight gain seriously either. What do you say to a formerly-scrawny person gaining a few pounds? “@#$# #$&.” That’s...

10 Ways to Have an Affordable, Waste-Free Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving time… “Do you want to get a free-range turkey for Thanksgiving?” My husband texted me a local farm’s screenshot for $5.99/pound. “Is that a good price?” I’m a vegetarian. I’m happy with a carrot....

Lice: How to overcome terror and save your child

Lice is coming to get you… “Lice is coming around both classes,” a mom wrote in the class Facebook thread. I consult the thread for all notices and assignments that don’t survive, but lice terrifies me to the core. It’s the “He Who...

Craigslist 101–Clean & Clean Up at the Same Time

The secret to making cash on Craigslist? Buy low, sell high. That’s it. People have been doing it for centuries with classified ads. Craigslist just makes it easier to find and post. “I once sold a set of weights before I picked them out of the garbage on...

Waste Not Want Not Series: Canning 101

Canning 101: Preserve the Harvest & Your Wallet Canning isn’t just for your grandmother anymore. Whether you’ve got a survivalist bunker or you’re a foodie crying because the last fresh blueberry dropped off the bush, canning is for you. Canning...