The tallies are in:
My eating out budget for this month was $100: I spent $223.47.
My book budget for this month was $50; I spent $131.04.
Of course, the $951.65 for car repairs were unexpected, and I have @ another $600 due for next month.
All in all, I can see where I’m going to have to be more vigilant. I didn’t expect to be on target for this month. It’ll be a few months before I hit it completely. But I’ll be closer next month, will make adjustments to anticipate my challenge areas and I will hit my goals.