Job Security

Last Tuesday, I became a tenured teacher. My new friend Carrie from Carrie on the Cheap congratulated me, but confessed she doesn't exactly know what "tenure" means. And actually, it means different things in different school districts. In general, tenure is "awarded" to teachers ... Read more...

My Re-Worked Budget

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to add monthly contributions to my emergency fund and a travel fund into my budget. I also forgot to add my monthly payment on my TV into my budget, so that needs to be worked in, also. Here's what I'm thinking:Net Monthly Take-Home: ... Read more...

Back to the Grind

My summer vacation is officially over :( I had a really relaxing couple of weeks, and now I'm actually pretty happy to be back in the swing of the school routine. I went back to school on Tuesday, and, in between sitting through some really boring meetings, I was busy setting up ... Read more...

Technical Question

I'm a computer doofus, so I need some help: I really, REALLY want to put sidebars on my blog to show my savings/debt repayment progress. But I can't figure out how to do it! Can someone give me directions? And I need really, really explicit, step-by-step directions. Seriously, ... Read more...

Lesson Learned: Credit Cards AREN’T Evil (Huh?)

There is a lot of debate in the PF world about credit cards. On the one hand, they can get you into major trouble if you're irresponsible (this was me, circa 2006-2007). On the other hand, they offer some great benefits and rewards. My credit card gives me 1% cash back on every ... Read more...

I’m Not a Fan

I'm not a fan of summer. In fact, I very, very strongly dislike summer. Which makes me weird. Fine. When is it fall? Seriously, I'm sooooo sick of sweating just from stepping outside, and getting bitten by mosquitos, and getting sunburned, and being expected to be having a great ... Read more...

Always, Sometimes, Never

I'm totally stealing this idea from Carrie at Carrie on the Cheap. It was such a cool post, I wanted to try it out, too!I always:- Smile. It instantly makes most situations better.- Start the day with a cup of coffee. I'm not that pleasant without it.- Show up on time. Seriously, ... Read more...