Yesterday I stopped at the local co-op and bought $22.00 worth of groceries putting us $4 over my budget of $200 for December. And it is only the 21 of the month.
We are still holding strong in the restaurant section. There we have only spent $33 out of an allotted $100.
Now what? I failed my original goal. That's okay as long as I find a plan to deal with it. I have a total of $300 for groceries and restaurants for this month so I am going to reset my goal to keep groceries and dining out together under $300. So the expected amount of money spent stays the same, but it is divided differently. A balancing of the budget you might say. That means I have $63 left for the last seven days of the month. That seems very doable and reasonable.