Mr. R was off Friday and we wanted to do something. We decided to take the girls out to dinner at a local restaurant that we really like. We rarely eat out anymore so even the girls were excited to go. The restaurant is about a 3 minute walk from our house so we walked instead of driving. The girls thought this was fun, a little cold, but fun. Especially since it was already dark out for the walk home. Big R kept trying to make zombie noises and then pretend it wasn't her to scare Little R. I don't think Little R even noticed though.
The girls split a kids meal. I got fish tacos and Mr. R got a dozen wings. We also had onion rings as an appetizer as this place makes the BEST onion rings ever. Mr. R and I each had 1 beer with our dinners since we walked and didn't have to drive. Total spent with tip was $52.
My plan is to really watch our grocery spending the next 2 weeks to make up for this 1 expensive meal. $52 is about half our weekly grocery budget. I budget $225 every 2 weeks.
Mr. R baked 3 pounds of chicken breast yesterday and I am doing a baking session this morning. Little R helped me make a lasagna using up the last of the cottage cheese and spaghetti sauce. Also baking in the oven is an acorn squash and 6 potatoes. We'll have plenty of leftovers the next couple of days.
In the freezer, we have a large pack of pork chops that I got for half price at Aldi last week. I plan on baking those later in the week with cream of mushroom soup and serving with mashed potatoes. I figure I'll just need to buy for about 3 more dinners this week. I'm going to clean out the cupboards and refrigerator, take an inventory of what we have, and make a list. Hopefully, I can make myself stick to it.