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I needed to get last month’s valid date range in php for running reports. A quick google search showed the top results for accomplishing this used for loops that subtracted/added days from now until casting as a date object returned false.

Needless to say, no way am I doing that. So below I have a code snippet that returns the valid start and end date of the previous month. This could be modified in a variety of ways to suit your needs. Needless to say I was disappointed that strtotime did not accept “First day of last month”.

// this returns a date string which I need, but removing the casting as a date
// returns a unix timestamp value more useful for calculations
$first_of_last_month = date('m/d/y',mktime(0,0,0,date('m')-1,1,date('y')));
$end_of_last_month = date('m/d/y',mktime(0,0,0,date('m'),0,date('y')));

// if run on 03/01/11
var_dump($first_of_last_month, $end_of_last_month);
// outputs
// string(8) "02/01/11"
// string(8) "02/28/11"

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