The Best Places for Stealing Pencils and Pens

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...

The Wrong Box of Tissues

The Wrong Box of Tissues

"You got any more tissues?" "There's a box on of tissues on my desk." "It's empty." "I just brought it yesterday." "It's empty." That's because there's a clump of tissues on the floor, a clump by the microwave, and a clump on a desk. Believe it or not, there is a...

Flavored Water for Energy, Hydration, and Health

Flavored Water for Energy, Hydration, and Health

Admit it!  You drink too much coffee! You need water! I don't drink enough water.  I know it's healthy, and it's certainly free, but I always lean toward coffee during my day. Coffee's expensive and the extra calories and sugars add up, too.  I can easily drink a few...

No Need to Whine: 6 Ways to Find Broke Teacher Booze

No Need to Whine: 6 Ways to Find Broke Teacher Booze

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but a few beers a year (or some booze) will keep you sane. You're a teacher.  No one deserves quality booze cheap more than you--except maybe Mall Santa. I love good wine and beer.  I don't enjoy as many adult beverages as I...

Need Books?  Make Friends with the Librarian

Need Books? Make Friends with the Librarian

Are you a broke teacher with a sad classroom library?  Make friends with the librarian. Every year, I restocked my classroom library, going to bookstores, looking for used books on Amazon, and spending up a storm.  I always lost a ton of books--the best books walk...

Traveling Light?  Try Hotel Tonight

Traveling Light? Try Hotel Tonight

Want to see the world but too broke to travel? Maybe not! Getting a hotel room doesn't need to break the bank or force you to plan fifty years in advance. "Get a room on Hotel Tonight," said my friend.  I travel to New York for Job 2 from time to time. When I'm...

Beans: The Magical Fruit

Beans: The Magical Fruit

Beans, beans the magical fruit... Actually, they're not a fruit, they're a legume, but who cares? They taste good. You could buy beans for a buck or two a can, but they'd taste like the aluminum they're canned in. You can do better. Make these fresh! Quick soak...

Warm Up with Chili

Warm Up with Chili

Warm up with some chili today for pennies a pot... Chili's a standby for a cold winter day or a summer picnic. It's the quintessential freeze-for-later meal savior and a good, solid, clean-out-the-fridge staple. You can make chili out of nearly anything you have on...

Friday Night Make Your Own Pizza Party

Friday Night Make Your Own Pizza Party

Pizza used to be the cheap old American takeout, but it's not so cheap for my family anymore.  Everyone wants their own kind of pizza.   That's why I do Make Your Own Pizza Night. If you're enjoying the Broke Teacher recipe section so far, you'll recognize some of...