Celebrating 2 Years of Teachers Talk Money

Celebrating 2 Years of Teachers Talk Money

Hey reader! It's official-- it's been two years since I started this blog to share my personal money journey, get out of debt, and have a personal hobby during my difficult first year of teaching. I went back to read last year's post, and was struck by how much I had accomplished in that first [...]

How The Pandemic Convinced Me to Change My Investing Strategy

How The Pandemic Convinced Me to Change My Investing Strategy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxGmEcQgcfk While my finances are staying mostly the same from last year in terms of income (the only change being a small step increase), I decided I needed to change my strategy for investing and saving in the coming school year. The pandemic has shown me the value of securing my savings over my investments, and [...]

Living in Vermont for a Month & My October 2020 Budget

Living in Vermont for a Month & My October 2020 Budget

https://youtu.be/3J0tKfpMjWE While I'm writing this post in September, by the time it's up, I'll have been living in Vermont for the past 5 days. Over the summer, my best friend and I decided to take advantage of this whole virtual teaching thing and spend the month of October somewhere else. With gorgeous fall scenery and [...]

So You Want to Start a Side Hustle: Best Side Hustles for Teachers

So You Want to Start a Side Hustle: Best Side Hustles for Teachers

https://youtu.be/KIuV2PwRAR0 Side hustling in the teacher world is extremely common. I have colleagues who leave work and head straight to babysit, tutor, bartend, deliver food, and the list goes on. While this level of normalcy is a side effect of having a limited income, I still appreciated seeing so many teachers do what originally seemed [...]

Take a Tour of My Minimalist Apartment | Everything I’ve Learned from Living in my Own Space

Take a Tour of My Minimalist Apartment | Everything I’ve Learned from Living in my Own Space

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-O9dWuZqGY&feature=youtu.be Hey everyone! I'm happy to share that I finally made a highly-requested video: a tour of my apartment. I love watching these kinds of videos-- it's so cool to take a peek into someone else's space and see how they live, so I'm excited to share a glimpse of my lifestyle with all of [...]

Budgeting with an Unknown Income | My September Budget

Budgeting with an Unknown Income | My September Budget

https://youtu.be/Dv7FzrzroS8 Most months don't bring very much financial anxiety for me anymore. I've grown a lot in this way: when I started this website, my anxiety seemed to creep into every post. Now, I don't often worry about money like I used to (other than, for instance, during the start of a global pandemic). September [...]

Is FIRE Possible for a Teacher?

Is FIRE Possible for a Teacher?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCt9km01dFY&feature=youtu.be One of my favorite topics in the world of personal finance is FIRE (financial independence retire early) because I find it so liberating and ridiculously simple to understand. I find that this topic, unlike any other, encourages people to dream bigger than they thought they could and still get hyper-specific about their numbers. So, [...]

Breaking Through the 30k Mark | My June 2020 Net Worth

Breaking Through the 30k Mark | My June 2020 Net Worth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOsBU3xeJtI As the end of the month approaches, it's once again time to take stock of all of my savings and investment accounts to add up my latest net worth. It feels weird, still, putting out this content while the world, and especially my country, is still being deeply affected by a pandemic that has [...]

Unpopular Opinion: Why Automating Your Savings is Overrated

Unpopular Opinion: Why Automating Your Savings is Overrated

It's touted by personal finance experts as the holy grail of money hacking: automation. It sounds so awesome, like a Tim Ferriss-style optimization hack that solves so many of those persistent overspending problems. And I have to say that this must be true for a ton of people, because it's such a commonplace money practice. [...]