I finally got my car back from the shop. $207 out of pocket, the rest was covered by warranty. I used the car to run errands on Saturday and to go watch my gd for DD3 today while momma painted her bedroom. Gd will be turning one in 3 weeks. She is toddling and is just a sweet, happy girl. Thoroughly enjoyed my time with her.
On the way home, I stopped and picked up a small ham slab (on sale for $2.99) to go in the split pea soup for this weeks soup. Total cost of the soup will be about $4 and will make about 10 servings. I made a loaf of bread on Saturday, and have enough left to last another 2-3 days.
On Saturday, my friend came over for a girlfriend day. We had planned on going to a local winery, but the weather was not cooperating since we would have had to sit outside (covid). So we met here at my house and enjoyed the firepit on my deck. I picked up some salami, cheese, grapes, pickled asparagus and pretzel chips at Costco- plus a couple bottles of grand reserve Chardonnay for just under $13 each. We spent much less than we would have at the winery, and I have a ton of leftovers to enjoy the next couple of weeks. If I split out what we ate, I guestimate our girlfriend day cost about $50 (including wine) - not the most frugal day, but it was very enjoyable. We visted around the fire outside and then when it got too chilly, we came inside and played a card game. All in all, very awesome day. I used my allowance to pay for the food and wine, since this was a special occasion for me and not something that should come from the food budget.
I have one bowl of pinto beans left for tomorrow, and will be making the split pea soup for the rest of the week. The store also had Jimmy Dean Delight breakfast sandwiches on sale for $5.49 for 4. These are my go to breakfast or lunch when I need a quick, easy meal. Higher protien, and reasonable carbs. So I picked up two boxes and tucked them into the freezer. Costco had a big container of greek yogurt (plain) on sale for $2.99. I have blueberries and granola left over from last week, so this will be breakfast for several days.
I spent some time decluttering one of our rooms this weekend and found an unopened container of Folgers coffee. It is from our move a couple of years ago- so will provide at least a couple of weeks of "free" coffee for me.
The hub will be home from Alaska next weekend and we will have almost a full month's food budget to live on, since I have been eating so cheaply.
Feeling very good about choices this month.