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8 Things Teachers Buy That’ll Suck Money Away

"Any teacher that won't give a kid a pencil shouldn't be teacher." The pencil is a symbol of everything that sucks your paycheck away. I came to hate pencils like I hated the credit card debt I racked up buying them--and everything else for my class. (This is the...

How to Survive on $350,000 a Year

I keep seeing versions of this MarketWatch article come across my feed. Take a quick look. It shows how difficult it is for this "middle class" family to live on $350K/year. $350,000 is approximately 4-10 years of the average teacher salary (depending on your job,...

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....

Movie Food Smuggling

Why would anyone in their right mind pay $20 for a small box of candy and a few kernels fake-butter popcorn after paying a million dollars a ticket to go to a movie--that starts with a half-hour of commercials?  That's insane. Theatre food isn't what I want anyway--a...

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...