One of the minor overlooked perks about being a teacher are the gifts! My wife is a teacher with one of the local districts in the Houston suburbs. Her pay sucks, she only makes $50,000 per year but she does get a lot of time off and then there's the teacher gifts. This year as it happens every year she got tons of stuff. Most of the stuff like cookies and candy stays in the teacher's lounge. A lot of teacher gifts are stuff that people don't like for example this year she got a set of soaps, bath sets, a cooking dish and a serving piece for deviled eggs. Stuff like that we also re-gift and stuff that you know came from the dollar store we usually trash, yes teachers get a lot of crap. But then you have the good gifts! Every year she gets 6 or 7 gift cards and this year she even got a $20 bill and a lottery scratch off ticket. Here's what she come home with last night, and yes even the scratch off ticket won her $5:
The good stuff:
$50 Dollar Visa Gift Card (last year she got $100).
$50 Walmart Gift Card.
$50 Target Gift Card.
$15 Starbucks Gift Card.
$15 BJ'S Brewhouse Gift Card.
$15 Spec's Gift card (liquor store, not pictured- she picked up a 12 pack on way home)
$5 from a scratch off ticket!
Gotta love those hard working parents :) Keep in mind today is Friday so she may still get other stuff. She also gets a lot of stuff for Valentine's day and during Teacher Appreciation Week before school gets out in the spring. If you've been considering a career as a teacher now you have another reason to do so but keep in mind the kids, parents and your principal
could will drive you crazy.
Have a good weekend!