September was the month that I used to prep for my capsule collection, so I’m actually surprised I came in right around budget (spoiler alert). There were some really great deals right around Labor Day, and that’s when I did the majority of my spending, specifically since I couldn’t buy clothing starting mid-month (September 15 to be exact) per my capsule collection rules.
Check out September’s budget below to see the damage:
September 2014 Budget
+ Xhilaration Leopard Print Sweatshirt – $14 ($17 originally – $3 sleepwear coupon – here)
+ J.Crew Factory Horse Print Sweatshirt – $32 ($58 originally – discounted price – 30% off – here)
+ Merona Red Plaid Shirt – $17.25* ($23 originally – 25% off promo – giftcard – here)
+ Loft Orange Sailor Pencil Skirt – $27 ($69.50 originally – here)
+ Merona Navy and Gray Stripe Dress – $21 ($28 originally – 25% off promo – here)
+ Merona Red Dress – $21 ($28 originally – 25% off promo – here)
+ Old Navy Gray Flannel Loafers – $17 ($24.94 originally – 30% off promo – here)
+ Merona Plaid Pencil Skirt – $18 ($24 originally – 25% off promo – here)
+ Loft Chambray Pull-On Skirt – $13 ($49.50 originally – here)
+ Merona Navy Dress – – $21 ($28 originally – 25% off promo – here)
+ Mossimo Orange Crew Neck Sweater – $20 ($20 originally – here)
+ Mossimo Graphic Print Crew Neck Sweater – $20 ($20 originally – here)
– $17.25* (returned sheep sweater from last month’s budget and bought red plaid button down with giftcard instead)
Total Spent: $204 + $17.25 in giftcards
Amount Under/Over: -$4 = $200 – $204
Total Saved: $186= $390 (if not on sale) – $204
Item Count: 12
Carryover to Next Month: $103.80 = $107.80 – $4
I’m actually really impressed that I came in right around budget, and I scored some Loft items that I had been lusting over since the end of spring. I’m a big fan of all the items added to the capsule (pretty much everything else), and a red 3/4 sleeve dress was actually on my 2014 Wishlist, so BOOM!
I did add black riding boots and brown riding boots (seen here) on my own with some blogging money and some saved amounts specifically set aside for these more expensive purchases. I took advantage of an amazing Labor Day sale online at Nordstrom, and I really did not expect to keep both pairs (since they’re EXACTLY the same pair, just different colors). But then I did. Whoops. Another 2014 Wishlist item is complete though!
Since I can’t shop for clothing or shoes, my next few months should be quiet here. In October, I’m looking to get an oversized watch (maybe this one) and potentially this gorgeous blue crossbody purse (I’m a sucker for blue). I was looking to add a fun color or print coat to my winter coat collection, but all the ones I’ve tried lately have been not that great. The search continues!
Anything you’re looking to add this fall?
Linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers!