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3 Solutions to Summer Money Worries

Teresa, a Kiwi Secondary Teacher in London, reveals how she deals with money worries during the long summer break. 

What should I do over summer?

If I had a pound for every time some one told me that teachers are ‘lucky’ because of their holidays, I would…not have to worry about what to do over summer.
I know that we all spend time during our term breaks planning, preparing, marking and recovering from the previous term.  I usually get sick on the last Thursday of term and have to spend the next few days in bed feeling sorry for myself.

For supply teachers from overseas (both short and long term), though, the holidays bring about a different sort of pressure.  Holiday pay is included in our daily rate, so during the holidays we don’t get paid.  Careful planning, hoping that you get work every day during the term, budgeting and saving will get you through shorter breaks; but sometimes the summer holidays loom ahead, and the thought of six weeks without pay (and no guarantee of work after the break if you are continuing to do supply) can cause a lot of worry.

I think there are three solutions:

1.  Save.  Don’t take that weekend trip to Norway.  Don’t buy another bottle of wine at that restaurant.  Plan what you want to do over the summer and book early.  Put aside enough money to pay the rent and plan how to spend the rest.  There are amazing volunteer jobs at music festivals where you get admission for free and a chance to experience festivals in return for a few hours work.

2.  Go home.  This is great if you hail from Canada or the USA, but perhaps not logistically viable if you want to go to New Zealand or Australia.  Spend six weeks with your family and friends and come back refreshed and ready for the autumn term.

3.  Get a job.  I did this last year, and had a brilliant time.  I worked in a pub in Scotland with live in accommodation.  The pay was terrible, but the rent minimal.  I cajoled a friend into putting my things into storage in her house and took a suitcase to Scotland.  It was a great opportunity to make some new friends and to experience life in a different part of the UK.  I travelled around Scotland on my days off and saved money for a trip home in December. I even became an expert on whisky!  There are live in jobs available over the summer all around the UK, or in Europe if you have a British passport.

How will you spend your summer?

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