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April 15, 2008

Living on a Budget - DVDs

Hello Readers,

I read an article in the paper this weekend about ways to save money. Tips included things like, don't buy a designer hand bag, rent one! Instead of eating out five nights a week, eat out four times! Instead of going to the salon twice a month for facials, go once a month! While these tips may be helpful to some, ...

... I'm not sure that they are very relevant to ESL teachers who really live on a budget. However, from my experience, it's likely that you own a few DVDs - perhaps one too many?

When I finally packed up my things to leave China after 8 years, I found that I had a box (about the size of a dishwasher) filled with DVDs. When DVDs can be bought on the street for less than a dollar, it's easy to find yourself with a massive collection like this in no time whatsoever. The problem is, most of the DVDs were only watched once and only a few would be watched again. In retrospect, I would have rather had a spare $1,000 in my bank account.

Are you in the same situation? If so, think about cutting down on your DVD collection by doing the following:
1. do a DVD swap with your friends
2. instead of buying DVDs because they are cheap, only buy the ones that you really want to watch
3. try to sell your DVDs (only the authentic ones, that is)
4. donate your DVDs to a local school who might be able to use them for educational purposes
5. try to find a way to use a DVD that you probably wouldn't watch again into an ESL lesson

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

Looking for more articles about living on a budget as an ESL teacher? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker hailing from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a Head teacher, an Education Manager, and a Material Development Manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing, authors ESL textbooks for publishing houses in China, and is an Editor for Garnet Publishing in Reading, England. Carol holds a BA in Communications from the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University, and a CELTA, and has just finished her MA TESOL course at Oxford Brookes University. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at April 15, 2008 07:06 AM

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