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I recently did my taxes... seems that I managed to make less in 2012 than in 2011, despite getting a raise. How did that happen? I two things contributed to it:

1. The University changed how much I paid as a percentage into my healthcare (they're did it University wide based upon pay grades, those at the bottom didn't have any adjustments, those higher up did, lucky me!)

2. There was one fewer home football game. Since football is the only OT I get one game less means one less bump to my pay.

This year would have been a really big year... but the Winter Classic was cancelled (it would have been nice to get that paycheck boost this month!) and with the payroll tax going back up I'll probably end up making even less this year (by a few hundred bucks).

Could be worse, sure... but not really the direction I want to be heading all the same. Bummer. I'll have to eat out less, getting a new laptop is probably not in the cards and I'll have to work on these debts I'm paying off, getting rid of one of them would be great.

I did save some money today. My co-worker insists on eating out on Fridays for lunch, I generally try to pick the cheapest place possible (we eat Subway a lot) but today in my e-mail I got a Buy One, Get One entree coupon. I talked her into going there, didn't tell her about the coupon and made sure I got something cheaper than what she ordered. Hey, free lunch! I figure I'm the one who had to go out into the cold to get it (and who does that every time), so it's justified. It isn't like she paid more... I just paid less.

I may have to pull an Art and take care of the squirrels that keep running by my office window. My co-worker feeds them. Just fattening them up until one day they'll get the noose and skillet treatment!
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