MONEY

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Henry David Thoreau

Are You a Broke Teacher? Stop Spending Today!

Are You a Broke Teacher? Stop Spending Today!

Cure the "broke teacher" syndrome--starting...now! "Any teacher that won't give a kid a pencil shouldn't be teacher." Someone said that to me once, not long after I started my "no spend" policy. I was a broke teacher and figured the only way to stop being one was to...

Stupid School Supplies Teachers Make Kids Buy

Stupid School Supplies Teachers Make Kids Buy

Are you one of "those teachers" who makes kids buy a list of specialty school supplies? If you're a parent you know what I'm talking about--that school supply list a mile long. "Mom, I need a pink, purple, blue, cyan, and black seven subject notebook, a set of 33...

How to Survive on $350,000 a Year

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,...

How to Use Amazon Prime Day Properly

How to Use Amazon Prime Day Properly

Amazon Prime Day is here and it's two days, not one. Teacher sites all over America are curating the best deals for their classes. Amazon's released thousands of Amazon-brand products, and this year, I've noticed school supplies. I've tried their brand, and it's good....

“Help! I can’t stop spending!” These 5 baby steps will help…

“Help! I can’t stop spending!” These 5 baby steps will help…

The teacher spending struggle is real. Since we've gone turkey with the No-Spend Summer Challenge, that's the number one thing I hear. "I can't." We must defeat the "I can'ts" with this challenge. But, not everyone can go cold turkey. You'd never let a student say "I...

5 Ways to Avoid Hoarding for School

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

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....