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Budgeting as a Supply Teacher


Heather is a Primay Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education. Today she shares her pearls of wisdom with regards to budgeting and being properly prepared  financially when planning your move.
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London is famous for it's fast paced social scene and countless museums and attractions. With all these tempations, it can prove difficult to budget!  Granted, the time of year that one arrives can have a huge impact on your bank account from the offset as there are more frequent breaks for schools (and thus supply teachers) from January through July.  
My goal was to gain experience teaching in a different society and to learn the needs and lifestyle of pupils but I was also excited to be living in a country so closely situated to Europe! With all the different countries, landscapes, languages, and foods to explore I was keen on getting out on the road. However, after my experiences in Asia on a steady income and salary, the idea of working on day-to-day wages gave me a huge wake-up call in terms of budgeting.
While teaching is the role of a lifetime, sometimes supply teaching can push the boundaries of lower-class living. If you get sick or, heaven forbid, break a leg, you really need that cushion of money to save you in order to cover rent and food despite your absence from work.
A word of advice – don’t travel without some sort of insurance backing you up. You never know when the unexpected will happen, and if you spend every penny on that cheap flight and quick zip over to Ireland… you just might be flabbergasted at the amount it costs!
Of the many skills you should develop working in the UK,  budgeting ranks high on my list. Just about anything that could happen has happened during my year here in England. That’s a lesson I’m sure my parents are ecstatic to have me learn - as borrowing money and that huge amount they require in order to establish your visa doesn’t go far with such a high value in the local currency.
Although, I have to add, how amazing that same high currency can be when exchanged for euros - which makes you feel you’ve come out richer than you originally thought! Transit here will make you bleed money, and that pound might not stretch as far as you’d like it until you truly take a step back and think about the way in which you distribute those costs.
There’s so much to be said for London and all it has to offer. Keeping your pennies pinched and maturing quickly in terms of knowing how and when to save can really impact your experience abroad!
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