Monday, May 2, 2011

Making the most of your teacher's salary through crowd sourcing

There's no denying it....London is an expensive city to live and play in (which big city isn't??) and teacher salaries are not six-figures - ok, they are barely five-figures!

So how does one survive in this incredible city as an inner city school teacher?

First of all, don't panic. Check out a past blog about beginning your teaching career in London and some tips on making it work: Don't Panic! How to Survive September as a Supply Teacher!

Secondly, our teachers make it happen all of the time. If you don't believe me, check out an interview with one of our teachers. She comments specifically on how she makes her teacher salary work in London: Shannon Shares her FAQs About Teaching & Living in London, England.

Finally, we've been hearing a lot lately about these new (or perhaps not-so-new-anymore) "crowd sourcing" discount sites and they seem like pretty good ways to get great deals on a wide variety of activities in and around London (or the city of your choice).

Here are the discount sites that have been recommended to me recently:


You can pick the city you're interested in receiving deal emails for. Or, Groupon describes it is as follows:

See your city in a brand new light with Groupon! New and diverse deals every day on restaurants, leisure, spa, beauty and sport guarantee excitement for up to 70% less! Just imagine the joys of an exclusive spa day or a four course meal for half price. Your Groupon experience can only take place when a minimum number of people buy the deal. It’s only possible to enjoy a high-end deal for a knock-down price when enough people buy it.

There is also Crowdity which allows people to get remarkable deals on a variety of activities. Here's how they describe their service:
What we aim to do is get a great deal every day and whack it on the site. If we can convince enough people to buy the deal that day then everyone gets it. If we can't convince enough people then nobody gets it. Get it?

And lastly, I heard on the radio today that Facebook is getting into the business.

Anyway, let me know if you have tried these sites and if so, what did you think?

If you are looking for a way to begin your teaching career in this fabulous city of London we are currently interviewing teachers who would like to work in London starting in October 2011.

To apply, please submit your resume & cover letter to apply AT classroomcanada DOT com.

Resources for Teaching in London

Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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1 comment:

  1. LivingSocial is also good. And as a TA, I'm surviving on a 4 figure salary!


Thanks for sharing your two pence!


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