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Lifestyle
December 3, 2016

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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FoodLifestyle
November 24, 2016

10 Ways to Have an Affordable, Waste-Free Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving time... "Do you want to get a free-range turkey for Thanksgiving?" My husband texted me a local farm's screenshot for $5.99/pound. "Is that a good price?" I'm a vegetarian. I'm happy with a carrot. I usually make Indian food--the smell of fresh-ground spices blends with the scent of roasting turkey causing the non-vegetarians to tell me how much "that doesn't smell like Thanksgiving." It does to me. Still, I understand why we need to cook the huge meal. It's tradition. Kids all over America are drawing turkeys right now, donning Pilgrim hats, putting feathers in their hair. A proper Thanksgiving dinner must be…
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Lifestyle
October 24, 2016

Lice: How to overcome terror and save your child

Lice is coming to get you... "Lice is coming around both classes," a mom wrote in the class Facebook thread. I consult the thread for all notices and assignments that don't survive, but lice terrifies me to the core. It's the "He Who Shall Not Be Named" in my universe. I teach high school--we don't see "The L Word." I've had one lice report in all my time teaching. High school kids don't share hats, they don't rub their hair on each other, or cuddle for stories, and they certainly don't lend out their $200 Beats. They're low-risk. Thank God. But my boy's in…
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Lifestyle
September 29, 2016

Craigslist 101–Clean & Clean Up at the Same Time

The secret to making cash on Craigslist? Buy low, sell high. That's it. People have been doing it for centuries with classified ads. Craigslist just makes it easier to find and post. "I once sold a set of weights before I picked them out of the garbage on the side of the road," said one teacher who constantly flips items on Craigslist. "I saw an ad for 'weights wanted' that day and noticed weights on the side of the road. I contacted the poster and gave him a price, then went back and picked them up. I have a truck, so I delivered…
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FoodLifestyle
September 18, 2016

Waste Not Want Not Series: Canning 101

Canning 101: Preserve the Harvest & Your Wallet Canning isn't just for your grandmother anymore. Whether you've got a survivalist bunker or you're a foodie crying because the last fresh blueberry dropped off the bush, canning is for you. Canning and food preservation fed Napoleon's armies, and kept homesteaders from cannibalism throughout American history. For me, canning isn't matter of life and death--if I were a pioneer, I'd most certainly be dead. Canning falls somewhere between earth-loving sustainability and food snob. What started as a budget craft quickly became an obsession. I waste less and eat better every year. Canning is one of our grandparents'…
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Lifestyle
September 15, 2016

Spend Less & Don’t Spend your Paycheck on Your Job!

Spend less. That is the entire secret to having more money. "Spend less." That's not always easy--especially at the beginning of the school year. Or Christmas. Or in the spring. Or when summer comes around he corner... There are supplies to get, requisitions denied, decorations, fiestas, and students in need. You must stop spending on your job and save! One way to do that is by putting your credit card back in your wallet and stapling that sucker shut until the school year is over. Supergluing your purse is another fine option. We at Broke Teacher make a lot of jokes…
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ClassroomLifestyle
September 3, 2016

Smile: It’s Your Best School Year Ever

Back to school season is expensive, but one thing that's free is a smile. Studies show a smile makes life better.  Smiling puts your brain in a very different space. Teaching is hard. I often say it's like playing dodge ball but I'm the one in the middle and everyone's throwing baseballs. There are a million requirements, and anyone who thinks "teaching" is actually teaching has never been on the long side of a faculty meeting. There are more regulations than ever before, and you have to keep on top of all of them--everything from testing to standards, to red tape to blue…
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Lifestyle
June 27, 2016

How to Make Every Second of Summer Vacation Count

Summer vacation is finally here.  You've got all the time in the world...and what happens? You waste it! Summer vacation is the moment every teacher's been waiting for!   Six to eight weeks of pure uninterrupted time off to do all the things you've been desperate to accomplish during the year. But what really ends up happening?  I forget all the things I wanted to do, and before I know it, I'm driving back to school with a pile of stuff still undone. At least that's how it seems to go for me. Don't let that happen to you! How do you stay productive when you just…
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Lifestyle
April 29, 2016

The 3 Things You Need to Start Your Garden

Today's question comes from Kelly from Rhode Island, who wants to know, "How do I get my garden started?" This is a big question, so we'll break it up into a few posts. First, let's start with getting the thing into the ground.  Then, we'll tackle what to plant to maximize savings and enjoyment, and how to expand operations until you have enough harvest to preserve or share. Gardens are a great addition to any lifestyle--not only the frugal, but the foodie and health conscious as well. I've become pretty obsessed about mine.  I started my garden because I was flat broke, not because I…
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Lifestyle
April 2, 2016

Cashing in on Cleaning

Do you need to start cleaning out some things you never use? Cash in on your cleaning Your trash isn't someone else's treasure--it's yours.  Instead of throwing it all away, come up with a strategic plan to turn it into cash.  There are a ton of ways to do this. Have a garage sale Garage sales are the traditional American way of getting rid of junk.  It's a lot of effort, but it can really clean out your house.  In order to make garage sales profitable, though, you need to get the word out.  Put it out on Facebook and Craigslist.  Send…
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