Well folks, I'm over budget by $11.56. :( In all fairness though, I came across a great deal on HUGE family sized pizzas marked down to $3.49 each in the Walmart deli and I got 4 of them to stock the freezer. Those 4 pizzas cost me $13.96 but will save me big in long run. One pizza alone from the take and bake place, after discount coupon, would cost me at least what all 4 of the pizzas together from the Walmart deli cost. We love having our freezer stocked with pizzas for when the grandkids come over or for last minute family get togethers. I still had 2 pizzas that I had purchased earlier that we will use on Saturday when Chris and the grandboys and our Rachel come over. Heather and her mom are having a girl's day and Jaysn has to work, so the rest of the gang is coming here. They all asked to come over...makes my Momma's heart just fill to overflowing. :) Oh, the pizza purchases that put me over budget will not be eaten until next month or after that...they were a stock up item.
If I had resisted the pizzas, we would still be under budget by a few dollars, but this was one of those times when it is cheaper to buy now and save big time later. I really do not feel bad about it at all and even if I did technically go over budget, I don't consider this month's challenge a failure at all.