December Budget

December Budget

The Limited zip ankle legging pants, $24.98 (original $59.95)
Express convertible portofino shirt, $19.90 (original $49.90)
Hue opaque tights, 2-pair pack, $9.99 via Marshall’s (MSRP $22 for 2)

Budget: $7.71 (after overspending in November)
Total Spent: $54.87
Total Retail: $131.85
Total Saved: $76.98 (58%)
Leftover: -$47.16*

Well, that looks bad doesn’t it? Let’s focus on the money saved instead (sorry, mom). At least I added work appropriate pieces, so I don’t feel too bad.

As I mentioned in one of my last outfit posts, the Hue tights are holding up really well and I want more (maybe a fleece pair? I always end up hating the fit on those). My coworker convinced me to buy the button-down during a Christmas sale at Express, and I’m so glad I listened to her (she has four of her own!). I wear it to work at least once a week, and it’s also works for nights and weekends too.

The legging pants though. Oh man. I’m still not sure if I’m keeping them! They’re so comfy and the fabric is quality, but they’re just not flattering on me. They look spectacular on Danielle but I just can’t make them work. Sounds like I should return them, huh? The Limited is constantly sold out of them, so I can’t try a different size either. We will see I guess!

I’m really making an effort to have January’s budget by the end of the actual month. I’m also thinking of switching up my parameters for this budgeting project of mine, so look out for that!

~ Sarah

November Budget

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Reversible Faux Leather Tote, Nordstrom, $48
H&M dress, $17.95 (not online, check stores)
Bling Babe vintage necklace via Smak Parlour, $36

Total = $101.95

$7.71 left for December

We’re at the final stretch! It’s already mid-December somehow, so that’s crazy. Anyway, on to the clothes. Technically, the only piece of clothing I purchased last month was this red H&M dress. (Ignore the shadow that looks like a stain and the lighting that makes it look pink — it’s a true holiday red.) I wasn’t planning on buying a new dress for Christmas, but I am going to a holiday party soon and I have a hard time resisting a skater dress, especially if it’s affordable with a fun texture that kicks it up a notch.

The necklace was sort of an impulsive purchase at boutique in Old City. My blogger friend Jessie from Trend Hungry also curates and sells vintage jewelry and supporting a friend is a great excuse to buy pretty (and versatile) jewelry. My most practical purchase? My reversible tote, inspired by Madewell’s transport tote. It’s not exactly effortless to turn it inside out, so I’ve mostly been wearing it with the black side out. Definitely my new go-to bag for work.

One last budget post to go in 2014!!

~ Sarah

*Linking up with Franish and other budgeting bloggers.

July-October Budget

July-October Shopping Budget
Old Navy striped top*, $9.99 ($22.94)
Old Navy clogs*, $11.99 ($32.94)
Old Navy sweater*, $13.49 ($29.94)
Old Navy gold flats*, $6.99 ($24.84)
Old Navy camisole, $3.50 ($4.99)
Old Navy jeggings, $29.94
Old Navy boyfriend cardigan, $18.86 ($26.94)
Old Navy Long Pixie Pants, $29.00
Souvenir Hoodie, $25.00

*clearance items

Total: $148.76
Retail Value: $226.53
Savings: $77.77
Budget: $138.42 ($60 x 4 (July, August, September, October) – $101.58 over in June)
$10.34 over
$49.66 for November ($109.66 for the rest of 2014!)

Remember when I did these budget posts every month?

Yeah, me too.

July: Just over a year ago, I had maybe three pieces from Old Navy in my closet. Now, I buy at least that much a season, in part thanks to their clearance sales. I wore my gold flats the most (at least once a week when it warmer out!) and a breezy striped top requires no justification. The clogs were my size and are the same ones Nicole and Kaity have, so I had to have them.

August: I technically only bought myself one thing, the softest hoodie on the Jersey shore. (Did I have my mom buy me three new pants, a skirt and top for work? Yes, yes, I did.)

September: Old Navy strikes again! First, grey jeggings (and an essential black cami) for Fordham’s homecoming. Then, during a free 2-day shipping promotion, I purchased long printed pixie pants (love the length, wish they were slimmer) and a black boyfriend cardigan that I wear at least weekly. (Excluded from the budget, my birthday gift to myself, this black and white mixed print dress I’ve been wanting for months.)

October: I spent no money out of pocket on clothing this month! (At least that’s what my Mint account tells me.) I did receive a gift card for the new Century 21 in Philly, but those purchases will be featured in their own haul post, coming soon!

Wish me luck as we finish up the year! How are you doing with your shopping budget, if you keep one?

~ Sarah