17. I knew we were going to spend money today, I'm just not sure whether to count it against me or not. It was DS2's b-day and I needed to pick up last minute food items for his b-day dinner, cupcakes, and dessert, We bought other groceries (all on sale and pantry stocking) and bought a bunch of can/ boxed goods to donate to the Cub Scouts outside the store collecting for the local food pantry. All unbudgeted, but we'll use/ eat everything we bought.
I wouldn't count this. Our thread is no-spend, not no-life. You have to spend money on food.
If you are too hard on yourself, you'll get discouraged and stop tracking. You have to buy stuff for your son's birthday and food given to a food pantry is never wasted money.