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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...

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...

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 the side of...

Spend Less & Don’t Spend your Paycheck on Your Job!

Spend less. That is the entire secret to having more money. "Spend less." That's not always easy--especially at the beginning of the school year. Or Christmas. Or in the spring. Or when summer comes around he corner... There are supplies to get, requisitions denied,...

Cashing in on Cleaning

Do you need to start cleaning out some things you never use? Cash in on your cleaning Your trash isn't someone else's treasure--it's yours.  Instead of throwing it all away, come up with a strategic plan to turn it into cash.  There are a ton of ways to do this. Have...

Surviving Restaurants with Your Not Broke Friends

Do you fear going to restaurants with your not-broke friends? "Can you go out to the restaurant with us?" Normal people answer yes or no depending on if they're busy.  Broke teachers always say no...because they're broke. Broke teachers don't go to fancy...

The Best Places for Stealing Pencils and Pens

Out of pencils and pens again? Me too. Our official position at BrokeTeacher.com is that you should not spend your paycheck on your job.  That includes buying a million pencils.  You should pay down your debt instead.  Nothing'll take you down faster than pens and...

Why Couponing May Be Costing You a Fortune!

Couponing is costing you money! Couponing is bad. It doesn't save you money it makes you spend more. I used to coupon religiously. I had an entire bodega in my basement. I did this for years thinking I'd coupon to pay off debt. Several years and stockpiles later, I...