Budgeting Lesson Plan: Teaching Basic Budgeting Skills to High Schoolers (Part I)

Lesson Plan Part I: Estimating Net Pay Budgeting is one of the backbones of money management and personal finance. Understanding what’s coming in and what’s going out can help a household pinpoint areas to improve savings rates, prioritize spending on things that truly matter, and plan for expected goals as well as unexpected emergencies. I’m… Continue reading Budgeting Lesson Plan: Teaching Basic Budgeting Skills to High Schoolers (Part I)

Conscious Consumption: Getting Something On Sale is NOT a Marginal Benefit

Shoppers love a good deal. If you’re like me, the rush of getting something on sale is borderline euphoric. I was raised by a wonderful woman who lived for sales. During my childhood, I spent Saturdays with my mom hunting for bargains at yard sales, moving sales, rummage sales, thrift stores, you name it. I’m… Continue reading Conscious Consumption: Getting Something On Sale is NOT a Marginal Benefit

In Defense of Baby Steps: Mindfulness and Budgeting

Mindful actions can lead to a healthier relationship with money One of the things I love about my job is the clean slate that comes with the beginning of each school year. For me, this serves as a starting point for crafting a new way to frame my instruction, developing a new classroom systems, or… Continue reading In Defense of Baby Steps: Mindfulness and Budgeting

Financial Suggestions For an Upcoming Graduate

Financial Suggestions For an Upcoming Graduate This week we finally experienced some nice weather so I met up with a friend for tennis. She’s finishing her last year of dental school and had some free time. After the match she asked if I wanted to grab a beer and, like a weirdo who just updated… Continue reading Financial Suggestions For an Upcoming Graduate

Teaching the Fundamentals of Economics

So you're teaching economics. Where do you start?? When I started putting together my economics lessons I knew I should start with the basics. But first, a confession: In the decade since I took an economics course I forgot the basics 😱 Now, with that confession off my chest, here’s where I started: What is… Continue reading Teaching the Fundamentals of Economics