July Budget

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Denim Vest, $16.99
Acure Organics Face Wash, $9.99
Physicians Formula Super BB Cream, $11.99
NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Sandstorm, $6.99

Total Spent: $45.96
Total Saved: $0

I totally expected to do worse in July, but that’s probably because I placed an Old Navy order at the end of the month that I’m still waiting to be delivered (one word: clogs). Anyway…

Let’s talk about frivolous and impulsive purchases. I definitely don’t need a denim vest, but it makes for a cool layering piece over sundresses for the summer. It’s a fun way to show off trendy pins. It’s the type of “completer piece” that can revive your existing wardrobe. I didn’t really consider purchasing one until I saw one at Target (the price was right), but I still thought it over. Then when I went back to store, I couldn’t find any in my size. (Yes, it’s a girls’ size denim vest. My frame is on the petite side, and since I’m buttoning it up, an XL is perfect.)

Whenever I stopped in Target (which is probably too often), I would browse but the vests were out of stock. Cue a few weeks later, and I find another denim vest, made out of even stretchier material, and it’s in my basket before I know what’s happening. The denim vest had lingered in my mind enough that while not something I needed, I wanted it enough that it was worth the twenty bucks. So frivolous? Yes. Impulsive? Not as much.

(What was impulsive was picking up Sandstone just because it was back in stock for once, after writing last month that I wouldn’t do that. Oops.)

Oh, and buying BB cream and repurchasing my favorite face wash are totally boring, but I feel like it’s only fair to include them.

We’ll see how I do in August. 🙈

~ Sarah

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June Budget

June 2016 Budget
Merona Saddle Bag, $29.99
NYX Liquid Suede Lipsticks (in Tea & Cookies and Soft Spoken), $12.23 (buy 1, get 1 for 25% off)
Old Navy Rockstar Skinny Jeans, $34.94 $22.50

Total Spent: $64.72
Total Saved: $14.91 ($78.91 – $64.72)

I like to think that I’m pretty good at keeping my purchases practical (or at least easy to justify to myself), but that was less the case this month. Oh well! I’m averaging less than $100 a month on clothing and beauty products this year, and my impulse purchases are fewer. If anything, I might be overthinking purchases, but that’s fine with me!

I’ve had my eyes on that green saddle bag for months. It’s definitely not something I needed, since I am the queen of crossbody purses, but most of mine are neutral (like here and here). It’s a fun (neutral-ish) pop of color to play with, and I’ve been using it a lot lately (it’s already made it to the blog). Not sorry for this purchase.

I also finally tried NYX liquid lipsticks this month, in Tea & Cookies and Soft Spoken. Tea Cookies is a little too pink for me while wet, but once dried, I really like it. Soft Spoken is closer to my real lip color, but I’m on a hunt to find Sandstorm in stock somewhere because I think it’s the perfect shade for me. Lip colors are so fussy sometimes, but I also feel like they’re necessary for me to look like I have lips…oh well!

As for July purchases… I’m really hoping to keep them limited. The good news is that by traveling over the holiday weekend, I was not tempted by $8 Old Navy dresses!

~ Sarah

Linking up with Franish and Budgeting Bloggers.

May Budget

May 2016 Budgeting Bloggers | Shades of Sarah
Forever 21 Hooded Utility Jacket (similar pictured), $42.90 $34.77 (10% off sale)
Duke & Winston Victory Brewing Tee, $32.00 $12.80 (50% off sale + extra 20% off)
Pixi Beauty Natural Brow Duo (in Deep Brunette), $16.00 $12.80 (20% off)
Pixi Beauty Summer Glow Palette, $28.00 $11.20 (50% off + extra 20% off)
Pixi Beauty Eye Bright Kit, $18.00 $14.40 (20% off)

Total Spent: $85.97
Total Saved:  $50.93 ($136.90 – $85.97)

So I thought I had done pretty decently this month until I realized I forgot to include my Pixi purchases! Oops. They got me good though, since I had some points that were expiring and it was their Friends and Family sale. I think I’ll review those purchases in a separate post if anyone is interested! (Not included in the above list is the Valentia clay mask that I received from BrandBacker, which you can read about here.)

As for my clothing purchases, the Victory Brewing Tee is a total novelty purchase and I don’t care. I’ve had my eyes on it for months, and then when I was ready to buy it was out of stock. Then D&W had another sale, with free shipping, and the tee was in stock so I did not hesitate. It’s still in the mail, but I think I’m going to love it.

I’ve needed a hooded jacket since I outgrew my old one (seen here), but had only purchased another cargo jacket. While it’s a great casual piece to alternate with my denim jacket, it was useless during all the rain we’ve had in May. Since we’re planning a trip to Seattle this summer (!!), I figured it was about time to restock. I’m really happy with it, but I’m definitely glad the rain has calmed down!

Anyone else have a mix of fun and practical purchases this month?

~ Sarah

Linking up with Franish and Budgeting Bloggers.