Today is payday, so I am starting a new 1/2 month period on the January budget. The first half went pretty well. I ended up being $65 over budget on groceries, but as previously posted I did get started on stocking up on some sale items and am really hoping my 2nd half of this month reflects that (though I'm not holding my breath!) I was $40 under budget on gas for the cars, which rarely happens and only happened because I got to stay home and work the week between Christmas and New Years. I was over $30 budgeted for take out (ACK!) and over $15 on home repairs (darn toilet seats!). I was also under $30 on Ds's textbooks.
My EF is sitting at $1022 (got lowered a bit by giving Dh some money to buy that shop table) but I am on track to make another deposit at the end of this month, after I see what is left. It just feels so nice to have that $1000 in savings in case something comes up. I'm looking forward to seeing how well I can stay on budget for this pay period.