Exit Ticket (Week 11, 2019) – Computer Repair

I did some diagnostic work on my (close-friend-that-might-as-well-be-family's-son-so-I-just-call-him-my) nephew's new laptop.  He's had slowly worsening issues with the keyboard and after half the keys went completely dead last week, he finally confessed that he had spilled water on the laptop last month.  His mom blew a fuse, of course, but kept it together enough to … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 11, 2019) – Computer Repair

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Exit Ticket (Week 10, 2019) – Birthdays

My and my wife's birthdays are only a few days apart, which has lead to an unusual ability to double down on our already-frugal birthday celebrations.  If our birthdays were farther apart, we would celebrate each birthday separately.  Since they're so close together, we're able to halve some of the costs.  But more on frugal … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 10, 2019) – Birthdays

Exit Ticket (Week 9, 2019) – Not-So-Free Refills

Another unexpected frugal perk of teaching: kids are broke, so their creativity is a never-ending source of inspiration (my urban students even more so than their suburban counterparts). One of my students stuck around after class to ask if I knew where in the school she could find empty boxes. Those are my favorite moments, … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 9, 2019) – Not-So-Free Refills

Exit Ticket (Week 8, 2019) – Tax Time

One of the perks of teaching is the mid-year vacation weeks. I imagine those little breaks are just a taste of how early retirement will feel. I usually spend the first weekend just unwinding: watching TV, reading, playing games, napping, whatever. Then, around the time I start to feel slovenly and a little judgmental about … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 8, 2019) – Tax Time

Exit Ticket (Week 7, 2019) – Valentine’s Edition

My inner anthropologist loves Valentine's Day.  It illustrates so much about how my financial learning journey has progressed in the last ten years.  You see, once upon a time, I was one of those people who always celebrated with roses, chocolate, and dinner reservations.  It never occurred to me that the holiday could be done differently because … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 7, 2019) – Valentine’s Edition

Exit Ticket (Week 6, 2019) – Social Butterflies

Ten years ago, my efforts to find employment after graduating from college took me out of my home state and away from everyone I knew.  In some ways, that separation was a good thing, because it allowed me to develop my own financial philosophy with limited influence from the adult role models I grew up … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 6, 2019) – Social Butterflies

Exit Ticket (Week 5, 2019) – The Plague Part 2 & Charitable Giving

This week was primarily recovery from whatever I caught last weekend. I was back at work on Wednesday, but in one week, I had a stomach bug, head cold, chest cough, and laryngitis: the tour de force of illnesses! What successes did I have this week? After waking up choking with snot every two hours … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 5, 2019) – The Plague Part 2 & Charitable Giving

Exit Ticket (Week 4, 2019) – The Mystery Dinner Debacle

The winter-time plague finally caught up with us.  My school had 19 teachers (roughly 15% of our teaching staff) out sick by Wednesday.  I was quite proud of myself for trucking along despite my compromised immune system and thought I'd managed to dodge it. Nope!  Friday morning, I woke up with a "Guess I slept with … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 4, 2019) – The Mystery Dinner Debacle

Exit Ticket (Week 3, 2019) – eBay Sales & Password Managers

All's been quiet on the home front last week. Just the two of us and the cats rounding the corner after a snowstorm and a three day weekend. On the one hand, the part of me that still excitedly checks the school closings in the morning feels like this is a waste of a good … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 3, 2019) – eBay Sales & Password Managers