I have to start putting the dates on my budgeting bloggers posts now that I’ve been doing this for an entire year now. Yep, this is my 12th budgeting bloggers post. I’m very excited about this milestone. I can vividly remember being too embarrassed to link up last January because of how much I bought. Budgeting Bloggers has truly helped me curb my spending and focus more on building a cohesive wardrobe full of things I like to wear. Now, I’m building on a solid foundation and spending less and less each month and bringing home less and less. Things will still come and go since I can’t fight my nature to be a little trendy, but I am pleased with the differences I’ve noticed in my shopping habits.
Here’s what I brought home in January::
1.Rib Stitch Dolman Sweater:: Orig $89.50, paid $17
2.Fuzzyweave backzip tunic:: Orig $54.99, paid $22
3.Heatherstripe layering tee:: Orig $34.50, paid $12
4.Flat iron Cammy nylon crossbody bag:: Orig $98, paid $30
5.Metallic-stripe popover:: Orig $89.50, paid $12
6.Textured Tribune dress:: Orig $148, paid $27.99
7.Knit Shirtdress:: Orig $79.50, paid $22
8.Suede desert wedges:: Orig $89, paid $45
9.Mosaic print sweater:: (can’t find a retail), paid $9
10.Boiled wool skirt:: Orig $59,50, paid $15
Total saved off retail:: $477
Total made from posh/ebay/blog::$266
Of course there’s a madewell purchase. Can’t go a month without one of those either anymore. According to my wish list, I was seeking a black structured knit dress. The one I had my eye on sold out in my size and it never popped back. This very inexpensive alternative was a steal for madewell and contrary to online reviews, I would recommend this dress! I haven’t featured it on the blog yet, but I have plans to do so soon. So I’m calling that wishlist item fulfilled.
Those Toms was spurred on by Nicole‘s adorable product shots on her instagram for her new line of tees. There were these TOMS wedges in her posts that looked perfect for a little bootie variety since I’ve been hitting the cognac leather and black suede ones hard. The color is a little more troublesome than I expected, but these are so comfortable I just don’t care!
Lastly, the KS purse. I was on the hunt for a crossbody for the trip we’re taking this week since I didn’t want to take my metallic leather one and my fabric one needs a good washing and repair. It was serendipitous the way I just waltzed into Marshalls, walked straight to the bags (after a brief detour though the clearance shoes), and saw this one. There was a girl looking at the crossbody purses and I was SO afraid she was going to pick it up. It was exactly what I was hoping to find. Nylon for wipability. Brightly colored for versatility. Perfectly sized. Best of all in my budget with my rewards certificate. As soon as she moved a little bit away from the purses I snatched it up and pretty much ran to the register so I didn’t spend any more money. I can’t wait to use it.
All in all, I don’t think I did too bad, but I’m not going to discuss how much I spent on makeup this month either. I am wearing everything I’ve purchased though– clothes and makeup related. So how did you do this month? Get anything good in the end of season sales?