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Classroom

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 testing. ($10-$30) Random fundraisers ($20-30 a month) Classroom supplies not in the budget (hundreds of dollars a year)... The IRS allows teachers to deduct $250 of their classroom expenses.  Chances are, you spend way more than that. "I spend a thousand," said a teacher I was speaking with the other day. A Manhattan teacher I talked to while researching my upcoming book…
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Food

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 difference between the teachers and the non-teachers was this--the non-teachers ended their responses with, "...but my company pays me back." There aren't any "pays me back" in teaching. Instead of staying grumpy, though, I said this: "I'll make that money back by skipping grocery shopping for a few weeks." That may…
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Food

FREE Unlimited Kombucha. You Can Make It Yourself

I was hooked on kombucha the first time I tried it.  It's a sip of bubbly, refreshing heaven. It reminded me of a wine cooler without the wine.  The problem, though, was it's cost. $4-6 a bottle meant that I couldn't have it all the time...unless... I learned to make it myself. What is kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea that has tons of probiotic value.  I thought it originated in some hipster's cube, but really it has it's roots as the "elixir of life" in ancient China. Why should I make kombucha? It's easy, it's fun, and making…
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Lifestyle

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 what they said. But being at a good weight is important for good health. Holiday season is both a danger time for weight gain and a great time to reassess. So, I ask myself some questions: Am I exercising like I used to? Is everything I put into my body good for me? Am I stressed? Am I too busy? Am I getting enough sleep? The body needs…
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sesame noodles
Food

A Simple Sesame Noodle Recipe You’d Better Double

A sesame noodle dish that gives a take-out feel during the middle of the school day... I love cold sesame noodles. They're super easy, fantastic for make-ahead meals, and delicious. This dish is a great summer--or winter dish that can be served hot or cold, and costs pennies to make. Just swap out the veggies for something in season, and you have a changeable masterpiece. Ingredients: cooked rice noodle--I'm using the linguini sized here. Sesame oil rice wine vinegar diced veggies--here I'm using cucumber, but I also use bean sprouts or spiralized zucchini. fresh cilantro if in season sesame seeds garlic (use…
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