Author: TeachFI

Student Loan Forgiveness For Teachers

Guest post by Nate Matherson, Co-founder of LendEDU, a blog that helps consumers learn about personal finance. Nate graduated from college in ’16 with over $55k in student loan debt. In 2020, Nate is working to have repaid all of his student loan debt.

Ahhh! My Paycheck Was Delayed….And I Have Bills!

On Tuesday, October 15, I started the day off confused as to why my paycheck didn’t get deposited into my checking account. I checked our school district employee software and saw that my paycheck was processed, but not deposited into my checking account.  Then I saw an email from our HR department…

Top 3 Podcasts

I listen to a lot of podcasts.  Rather than listen to songs on the radio, I would rather spend that time learning via podcasts.  I’d like to share my favorite podcasts with you along with a short summary for each podcast.  Maybe you’ll find one or two of them interesting and want to check them out. Here’s a list of my top 3 podcasts:

The Real Reason For

I haven’t been completely upfront in our motivations for Jack and I starting this blog. Yes, we want this blog to serve as a motivator to continue on our journey during the difficult times that surely are ahead.  Yes, we hope that our site traffic hits a high level so we know our story is helping people.  And, yes, we want you to see that living this journey to Financial Independence (FI) can work for anyone.

Here’s the real reason we started…

Un-FI-Friendly, But Totally Necessary Purchase

I’ve been all-in for the FI (Financial Independence) movement for two years.  We have achieved a lot in that time including paying off $50,000 in student loans in 1 year, which I hope to post our strategies this summer for you to read. We have moved our lifestyle towards minimalism and will be doing so even more in the near future (another post I hope to publish this summer). We have achieved a lot in these last two years and have even bigger goals and plans moving forward.

In addition, we fight hard for our lives to be simple even though we stretch ourselves too thin by saying yes to too many things at once.  In fact, my wife just started reading The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. She has taken away so much great information, and she just started the book.

But here’s the thing…

How To Pay Off Your Debt…FAST!

When I was in my 20’s, I didn’t mind debt.  I liked stuff more than I disliked debt. Want to buy a house? Get a mortgage. Want to buy a beautiful, but way too big (and expensive) diamond ring for the further wife? Finance it. Want to buy a car or two? Get a car loan (or two). Want to get new furniture? Finance it. Want to go on the vacation of a lifetime? Refinance your mortgage or get a second mortgage. It didn’t matter what it was, I was willing to finance it.

Here’s a secret that we don’t tell too many people and I’m actually embarrassed as I type it…

Featured Teacher

Why Teaching? What Do You Most Enjoy? Favorite Book? Biggest Challenge(s)? Financial Planning: What are your financial goals? Have you made any major financial mistakes? What financial advice do you have for other educators? What are some of the most influential resources that have shaped your money mindset? What strategies have you implemented in your…

5 Fun and Inexpensive Hobbies To Try This Summer

I am a teacher with seven weeks of school left until summer and I am definitely ready for a break. I have a lot of great professional development planned and I also have some relaxing trips to enjoy.  Additionally, I’m a father of a 4-year old who will be attending summer school which will leave some much needed ME time.

Hey, it’s kind of like a math equation: summer break + son in summer school + wife still working = hobby time for me.