I was concerned this month because I knew it was going to be difficult to stay under my monthly budget with all the holidays and busyness in December. December has 4 weeks so my budget was $320.00 ($80 X 4). I did go over a bit but with the help of last month's overage of $42.66 and $40.67 that I received in food item rebates this month, I was only $5.14 over my budget! Not too bad considering that I hosted Christmas Eve dinner for 11 family members this year and hubbie made a not-so-cheap New Year's Eve dinner of shrimp and steak fajitas. :) Here is how I did:
Monthly Food Budget: $320.00
December Grocery Purchases: $408.47
Rebate Checks Received: $40.67
Remaining November Grocery Budget: $42.66
Purchases minus Rebates/November Remaining: $325.14
Over by $5.14. :( Oh well, I will just have to work harder next month. My budget for next month will be $400.00 since January has 5 weeks. I will start with $394.86 because I was over for December.