Last month, with my son's birthday party and a few rebate deals, we went way over budget. ($95) My usual budget is $400 a month, a bit high for a family of two adults and one toddler, but I include paper goods, cleaning products, toiletries, and diapers. Why? Because I generally buy these at Target and separating everything out on the receipts would take more time than I care to spend right now.
Between the Kraft rebate, the Kellogg's rebates, and a few other deals, I have a huge store of food. I've also got a stand-up freezer full of meat, nearly free Eggo Bake Shop items, and other items. So this month, I'm going to try to cut our budget to $250. Because we have so much saved up, I think we can do it.