- I am single and don't have any children. I don't have to support a family.
- My Grandparents paid for my college. I don't have loans or debt.
- I don't own a home. I don't have to pay a mortgage yet.
For the first time since I started teaching, money is really tight this month. There are several reasons for this.
- The tuition on my graduate school went up. I just had to pay a 2,000 dollar bill for my Fall classes.
- We had a week that we weren't paid at all this year because of calendar changes. This makes my summer budget even tighter.
- I bought to much random stuff for my own classroom this year. It seemed like a good idea because I am in a new grade, but in retrospect maybe it wasn't such a good idea.
My point is:
- It is really hard to live on a limited budget. Because of state budget issues, I am still making the exact same salary I was when they hired me three years ago (as a first year teacher).
- It is kind of hard to be motivated to pay for graduate school when my degree will amount to approximately 1,000 more dollars a year. With graduate school costing 6,000 dollars per year, it will take twelve years for this degree to pay for itself. I guess I'm not doing that for the money either.
I also get really annoyed when people tell me, "Well, you're not in it for the money."
Of course I'm not in it for the money.
That doesn't mean I don't have financial needs.
That doesn't mean financial compensation wouldn't be nice sometimes.