January & February Budget

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Uniqlo down coat, $129.90 $99.90
Uniqlo denim leggings, $29.90 $24.90 (seen here, lighter wash pictured above)
Uniqlo Heattech leggings, $19.90*
Uniqlo Heattech tights, $14.90*
Fleece Lined Yoga Pants, $19.99
Target sandals, $19.99
Burt’s Bee’s Lip Crayon in Sedona Sands, $8.99
Acure Organics Face Wash, $9.99
S.W. Basics Eco Cotton Rounds, $22.49

Total Spent: $241.05

Total Saved: $35 ($276.05 – $241.05)

So it has been a long time since I put together one of these posts! My budget basically imploded by the end of the year, and it got too overwhelming to keep on top of things (probably a bad sign for my wallet and closet). One of my resolutions is to reset my budget and shopping habits, so I figure posting about my budget is a good a first step.

The early part of the year is always a weird time for me to shop. I realize that yes, it really is going to get/stay cold but at the same time I’m anxious for spring and a trip home to Florida (that explains the sandals — too fun!). All it takes is that first cold snap for me to realize that I really need to stock up on cold weather items. Winter was short-lived this year (thank goodness), but I think I’ll feel more prepared next time. Maybe 2017 will finally be the year I don’t buy a new coat. (I’m positive that this time I have all my bases covered, coat-wise.)

Before leaving for South Florida, I also stocked up on some beauty products at Target. I recently got a facial at Affordable Skincare Salon (go see Stephanie!), and was told that I had been using the wrong cleanser for my skin type (apparently I’m a combination/oily). I’m really enjoying this facial cleansing gel — it’s cruelty- and paraben-free, and leaves my skin feeling fresh. I also loved (and already lost) this nude lip crayon from Burt’s Bee’s — so good for spring. If it doesn’t turn up soon, I think I’ll have to restock.

I am really making an effort to cut back my shopping, but I’ll probably be making a couple additions in March. I need a pair of real, honest-to-goodness jeans (not jeggings) and am going to try some at a new GAP Factory by my house. Also a certain dog decided that my black suede ankle boots would make a great snack (last seen here), so I might pick up some boots if I find any on sale (I like these so far).

Anyone else struggle with their shopping to start the year?

~ Sarah

*Bought these items on sale but I’m not sure what the discounted price was, so using full price!