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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pantry Challenge Day 2

Another easy day for the challenge

My husband takes a packed lunch bag to work.  Today, it had a string cheese, a little dish of mixed nuts,  a peeled orange, some fruit cocktail, cole slaw and a dish of leftover blackeyed peas and rice along with a thermos of coffee.  He usually drinks orange and juice before he leaves for work and then eats what I pack on his lunch hour and morning break.
I had banana muffins for breakfast, skipped lunch and ate fresh pineapple for my afternoon snack.
Supper was a big green salad,  mixed veggies, and a casserole made with cooked chicken from the freezer,  a tube of crescent rolls left from Christmas and the last can of cream of soup in the pantry.  I don't plan on buying more cream soup and will try  some of the recipes to make it homes.  
I also made a batch of oatmeal cookies for dessert if we get hungry tonight and for snacks later in the week.  

Our local grocery ads started a new cycle today but I did not see anything in them we need right now.


We have some big financial goals for 2013.  
We think they are doable with a little planning and work.  

But,  today my husband got his first paycheck with the 2% change in SS taxes.  
2% is a big chunk
just a warning to you to be prepared when you see your first 2013 paychecks.  

I knew this was coming but it was still not a good surprise.  
It makes me even more determined to continue this challenge.  

5 comments:

  1. I'm dreading to get our first paycheck this month. Between medical insurance and this change it's going to be significantly lower. This will be quite an adjustment for us too :(

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  2. yep..the paycheck is going to be smaller. :(

    Your food today was wonderful...and even better that it was all from your frig and pantry!

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  3. I'm waiting for the new year check next week. I am afraid to see the reduction with our insurance increase and tax increase. We'll be tweaking the budget next week and might not be pretty!

    Great job on the pantry challenge.

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  4. We took a peek at hubby's check yesterday, yikes!!! We had dinner out last night but it was using a GC so no money spent. Today's project it to get the panrty back in shape from the holiday I know there are things lurking in there That will come in handy for the big game Monday

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  5. That 2% added to everything else going up is going to hurt a lot of people.

    Love the lunch you packed for your DH.

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