GI Jane Finances

January 31, 2008

Recipe for success

Filed under: Blueprint — gijanefinances @ 8:47 am

In my journey for a more frugal, healthier lifestyle, I cooked this dish last night:

Prep Time:
15 min
Total Time:
45 min
4 servings
2 cups thinly sliced carrots (about 5 medium)
1/2 cup KRAFT Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan Dressing, divided 4 salmon fillets (1 lb.) 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained 2 cups instant brown rice, prepared as directed on package PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Toss carrots with 1/4 cup of the dressing in 13×9-inch baking dish. Spread in single layer.

BAKE 15 min. Stir carrots; top with salmon.

COMBINE tomatoes and remaining 1/4 cup dressing; spoon over salmon. Bake an additional 15 min. or until salmon flakes easily with fork. Serve over rice.

I used regular brown rice instead of instant and omitted the carrots (ate them all two days before). Next time, I may try it with white rice even though brown is healthier. Just realize that I did not cook the salmon an additional 15 min–Japan must be rubbing off on me. Tonight, I will bake the salmon an extra 15 min with the stewed tomatoes.

*segue into financial recipe aka budget*

I am not a spreadsheet person, so here it goes:

Roth IRA $416
TSP: $1083.44 (no match)
SGLI Insurance: $29
Netflix: $8.99
Auto/House insurance: $157
Salliemae: $1,000

Accidental landlord property: $597.29 (1st mortgage); $250 (2nd mortgage)
Goal is to put on market again in the spring. Hopefully, current renters will purchase. If not, then it the costs will add to my expenses until sold or rented again.

Rental income: $1000
Net: $152.71

*Taxes due May and August for a total of $3,300. I have it saved separately in my Emigrant Direct account.

Intentional landlord: $940 (includes taxes/insurance)
Rental income: $1000
Net: $60

GI Jane


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