I'm starting Carla's No Spend January a week early because we are ready for Christmas. We have all presents and stocking stuffers purchased. Y just finished his shopping on Saturday. We spent more on Christmas this year but we had planned to do so. We did spend much less on each other.
I opted to go to the grocery store tonight to get the remainder of groceries for the rest of the year. With the windchill, its been 20-25 below so I didn't want to take the baby out tomorrow. I made a list and followed it to a T. I went to WalMart and did price matching. I only wanted to spend $50. I spent $51.80 so I consider that a success. The total spent on groceries for December is $454.55. With all of the extra holiday baking, I'm very pleased to have stayed within our $500 grocery budget. Making a menu plan and making a grocery list has helped us stay under budget.
For the remainder of the year, we are closely watching all spending. Y needs gas for his pick-up and I'm planning on no more than $100 for all other spending. We are good on groceries and gifts but I know there will be a few other things come up.
How is your December budget looking?