Yesterday morning, I took the car to the dealership to have a recall issue taken care of. They told me that the rear brake pads needed replacing. It normally cost $200-something, but they had a coupon that would bring it down to $180-something. Instead, I brought it to my neighborhood mechanic afterward and walked home. He verified that they did need replacing, and charged me $140 to do it.
Last night's dinner was carrot soup drizzled with sriracha, kale salad, and whole grain rolls. The math works out to about $1.10/person ($5.50 total), even if I'd bought everything brand new just for this meal, which I didn't. I only bought the kale. Everything else was left over or about to turn bad, or incidental condiments. I also have two quarts of soup and two rolls left over to use as lunch today. If I'd bought everything pre-made (stock, pre-cut kale, rolls), it would have been closer to $2.50 ($12.50 total)
Tonight, we'll have black bean and brown rice burritos, which will include various chopped left-over veggies and herbs. The beans were dried and the tortillas were on deep discount for Cinco de Mayo. Price per person is about 60 cents.