Introducing a weekly series A Pie in the Life, featuring an personal finance and career interview and pie chart budget from professionals around the web!
This week’s A Pie in the Life post is that of a high school classroom instructor you might know as JHubbs! Here is a short interview to give you an idea of his claim to fame and financial details.
How long have you had this job or been in this industry?
How did you get your job? Describe the interview and/or training process you went through.
I submitted my resume online and was called in for an interview. The person interviewing me actually fell asleep during the interview. I guess that should have been a warning sign! I went to college for a BS and stayed for a Masters in Teaching. Overall, I am very pleased with the majority of my education.
Is this job your dream job? If not, what would you do if you could be guaranteed a $500,000 per year salary doing it (besides watching TV…)?
No. My dream job is to get a record deal and go on tour. If not music, then I would love to get into writing young adult fiction.
Are you saving for anything fun right now?
What career advice or financial advice do you have for a 20-something who is just entering the workforce?
I would say that you shouldn’t borrow any money that you absolutely don’t have to. Looking back, I can see a lot of things I wanted to get and so I got them. A few years later, I have nothing but regrets about those “purchases” and how I fell for those traps.
In finance and career, it’s really true that “if something seems too good to be true, it is”. And if a salesperson is being really nice it’s because they’re about to make you do something stupid.
It’s hard to think of something to say, being married to JHubbs, because we already discuss every detail of our budget and I am very well acquainted with his work history.
I think what is worth noting (especially considering the Pie in the Life to come) is that JHubbs and I both came into our marriage expecting to merge finances completely. There was an initial rough period in which I didn’t want to overstep my bounds and he didn’t want to make it seem like he was passing all the responsibility off onto me. Communication always helps!
That said, we have a Pie coming up that couldn’t be more different – a newly married couple very much in love who keep mostly separate finances. Stay tuned!
And then the fun part: JHubb’s Pie Chart Budget!
Not the biggest surprise, since I had already shared our estimated May Pie Chart. But here’s a rough estimate for June:
There are a few jokes in the description – First, about 10% went to Bad Math because I rounded up and the numbers didn’t balance out. Then, there’s some Extra Rent because we moved around our rent savings last month.
Here is an attempt to be objective: if this were not my pie chart, I would say “Tsk, tsk, look at that debt”. And if the person were used to hearing that, I would point out how interested it is that all of the big pieces of the pie (all of our money) goes to other people.
Food and Spending and Social– the only categories that go right to us for our enjoyment– are by far the smallest percentages. Ouch!
There you go! I hope you enjoyed this look into a teacher’s budget… if you have any questions for JHubbs, feel free to leave a comment!
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