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.  [...]

My December Budget

My December Budget

As I get older, I realize each year how much I genuinely love December. I just get so excited for my goals in the next year, and I love the snow and holidays while you can still romanticize them, before SAD kicks in and it's just... cold and dark? Definitely not looking forward to all [...]

Teacher Talk: Why I’m Working Over the Summer After My First Year Teaching

Photo by Roman Kraft via Unplash.com "You might not think you'll need the summer off after your first year of teaching, but trust me, you will." I received this well-meaning advice from a third-year teacher on a panel of new educators, and it made me feel pretty relieved. We all know teaching is demanding work, [...]

Building Wealth as a Teacher

Building Wealth as a Teacher

Teacher's don't get paid enough, but that isn't what I'm going to talk about in this post. I have had multiple students tell me that they want to become teachers, but they don't want to be poor. I've had colleagues throw their hands up and stress-laugh about accepting their "fate" to live paycheck to paycheck-- [...]