ICYMI: I’m on YouTube! Here’s Why, What’s Changing, and What’s Staying the Same

ICYMI: I’m on YouTube! Here’s Why, What’s Changing, and What’s Staying the Same

Hey everybody! Interrupting our regularly-scheduled money talk posts to talk about my latest project: I finally started a YouTube channel called Teachers Talk Money. You can find it here. I say "finally" because this is something I've wanted to do practically since I started blogging. Writing is much more comfortable for me, because it's so [...]

COVID-19 & My Money

COVID-19 & My Money

This moment in our history has felt so surreal. To me, it has re-emphasized, on a very emotional and visceral level, the importance of understanding and having control of my money. This month, March 2020, marks one year since I (kind of) became debt-free. This is also the month, this year, where I finally completed [...]

It’s Tax Szn: Why Having a Refund isn’t Awesome & How I’m Spending Mine

It’s Tax Szn: Why Having a Refund isn’t Awesome & How I’m Spending Mine

It's that magical time of year again. And yet again, I did not take the advice of personal finance experts who say to adjust your tax withholdings in order to not get a refund. Don't misunderstand me, they are right. You should adjust your withholdings, because it's better to have your own money month-to-month instead [...]

My March Budget

My March Budget

It's almost one year since I've become debt-free (kind of), and I have to say, I'm loving all the ways my budget has changed in just one year. I love that I get to put so much towards savings, that I have more room to spend on food and things, and that I'm investing consistently.  [...]

Anxiety & Money: How Breaking My Arm Brought Up My Financial Fears

Anxiety & Money: How Breaking My Arm  Brought Up My Financial Fears

I broke my elbow on January 27th, just tripping over a small fence that guards the flower beds in front of my apartment, and landing mostly on my elbow and chin. My hearing went out and I stumbled back into my car, disoriented and nauseous, to ride out the symptoms. I remember my arm hurting, [...]