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  • Doing the Math: 403(b) Calculation Basics

    I’ve spoken with many educators about retirement planning over the years, and if you’ve ever been frustrated trying to make sense of your 403b retirement fund statement, don’t worry, you’re not alone. 403b statements tend to be a little tricky to calculate when compared to other monthly or quarterly...
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    14 Restaurants that Offer Report Card Rewards

    As a teacher, I know that I work hard to help my students succeed. In fact, sometimes it feels like I earned their grade just as much as they did! If this kind of devotion describes a teacher’s efforts, just imagine the hard work we put into our own...
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    7 NJ Dining Discounts for Teachers

    After a long year, the kids are finally out of school for the summer, which means you get some R&R for a few weeks! You want to make the most of your summer break, but you don’t want to spend a fortune… Well, you don’t have to travel very...
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    8 Ways Your Kids can Cash in on Summer Reading

    Every teacher/mom (I’m both) wants their own children to continue learning, even throughout the summer months. And although “because mommy says so” might get them reading begrudgingly, offering incentives creates a little extra motivation – no mommy prompting needed! This teacher/mommy dropped a list to her little readers, and...
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    Giving Underprivileged Kids the Gift of Giving in Long Branch

    I teach a learning disabilities class. I have 8 kids all day, and two more come in for reading and writing. I try to make reading fun, and have it be something the kids are looking forward to.   Our school has a lot of students that are economically...
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    403(b) vs 401(k): What’s the Difference?

    So, for some reason or other, you’re beginning to tune in a little more intently to your retirement planning, and you know that some people contribute to a 403b and others to a 401k, or even other retirement investment plans. As a teacher or other school district employee, you...
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    Escape with this English Teacher’s Summer Reading List

    Hanging on the wall in my classroom is a poster featuring the following quote by writer Jhumpa Lahiri: “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”   As a teacher, people love to ask me, “so, are you traveling anywhere fun this summer while...
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    Target’s 15% Teacher Discount Comes Back Again this July

    The staff here at the Teachers’ Lounge takes great pleasure in scouring the earth for educator discounts and deals, and this Target event is a good one! For the second year, this Minneapolis-based retail giant is featuring a week long savings event for teachers. The special program offers a...
  • Early Summer Teacher Challenge: Slow Down & Carpe Diem

    I was working the other night at a local wine shop, which is my fun part-time/summer gig because, you know, teachers often need part-time/summer gigs. In my case it’s as much about getting some adult interaction (and, frankly, some quiet time) as it is about making extra cash. You...
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