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5 Ways to Avoid Hoarding for School

Are you buying or hoarding? Teachers often say we're buying when we're not "buying" so much as "hoarding."  Teacher spending is an affliction, but some of us sprint right over that line into hoarding. Here's how to tell if you're in danger of being on a Discovery...

Challenge: Resisting Target’s Back to School Sales

You can--and must--resist the Target back-to-school sale. It's July 1 as I write this. I walk into Target with one mission: dish towels. Mine are clean, but stained with god-knows-what and tons of holes but who cares because they still work, right? Teacher towels....

What Kind of Computer Do I Get My Kid?

Right now my son has The Peach Salsa Computer, and it's going to die. It's time to start computer shopping for middle school. But with a birthday around the corner, I'd like to kill two birds with one stone--get him something that looks like a gift but is really for...

Secret to Saving $2100 a Year by Reducing Subscription Charges!

Do you have a ton of subscriptions you don't use? Most of us do. And it costs us hundreds.  "But it's only (insert ridiculously low amount here)..."If you're not paying attention, those little charges add up. Most software--and even physical products--offer...

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 about pay structure, you're just...

Stop Spending Your Paycheck on Your Job!

Teachers--how much money from your last paycheck did you give back to your job? Stop spending--before it's too late! It's prom season. ($40) "Can your department donate a basket to our fundraiser?" ($10) "Dress down day." ($10/month) Hosting a breakfast before...

Pantry Raid: How to Eat for Free to Pay Your Bills

Why I decided to skip grocery shopping for weeks... A couple months ago, I got a large bill for my teacher certification renewal. I was cranky so I posted a question on Facebook to see who else had to pay large fees to keep their jobs. Turns out, a ton of people. The...

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. I usually make Indian food--the smell of...