I have had to do a lot of "robbing, Peter to pay Paul" this month. There was just no way around it. We are BROKE! (for 1 more week)
We went "looky-loo" shopping, where you don't spend any money - only to price some things we need. And of course, we found some great markdowns - only we don't have the cash. Sure we could of used a charge-card but that defeats the whole challenge. I just hope those season-end markdowns, last for another week.
We will have some catching up to do next month and I will have to restock my pantry and cupboards. We are depleted! (See http://recipesonthecheap.blogspot.com/2013/01/pantry-challenge-and-my-own-31-day.html
One lesson I can say for sure - had this been a crisis situation - we would of made it. With the exception of complaining about lack of "goodies" we survived. Now could we make it another month? February only has 28 days so, which I would not want to do this again, I think we could but we would be really be stretching it.
It will be so nice to finally see some MONEY in our accounts!