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My first day

So today was the first day at my new job. It was ok. I hate not having a routine, so it came with the typical first day frustrations. It took way longer than I expected. When I finished it was an hour after lunch time and 10 minutes until nap. My son was starving and exhausted. But now I know to start earlier, and hopefully it will go quicker next time.

At the end she gave me a check for $25. That felt pretty good. I’m excited to contribute to the family in a financial way. This money will pay for the gas for my car. Which is so awesome. I hadn’t realized how dependent I felt by not having an income. I mean, I know $100 a month isn’t going to support anyone, but at least if I feel like taking a drive I won’t feel guilty.

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  • Frugal Eats: Marinara Sauce

    I don’t have a picture of this but I’m pretty sure you know what Marinara sauce looks like. I love this sauce, it’s so easy to make and you can keep everything you need on hand. Which I also love. I don’t know how many servings are in a container of dried herbs, so I guessed. Therefore, I probably over estimated the cost but I came up with $2.53.

    Marinara Sauce

    3 cloves garlic, minced (.10)
    2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes (.02)
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (.20)
    2 cans (28 oz each) crushed tomatoes (.98 each) If you want a chunkier sauce you can use a can of petite diced tomatoes to replace one of the cans of crushed.
    1/4 cup sugar
    Basil (.10)
    Parsley (.05)
    Oregano (.10)

    Heat garlic and crushed red pepper in olive oil in a pot over medium heat. When the garlic speaks by sizzling in the oil, add tomatoes, sugar, and herbs, to taste. Bring to a bubble, reduce heat, and let the sauce stand over low heat until you need it.

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