This month flew by (that’s what happens you’re battling 20 different time zones), and I honestly can’t believe that there are only two months left in 2015! Holy cats, where does the time go? I’m surprised I even found time to shop/spend my budget dollars, but don’t worry…I did! ;)
Check out October’s budget below to see the damage:
October 2015 Budget
+ Merona Black/Red Buffalo Plaid Scarf – $15 ($23 originally – 35% off sale – here)
+ Merona Yellow Fair Isle Sweater – $14 ($20 originally – 30% off Columbus Day sale – here)
+ Merona Beige Patent Leather Wedge Pumps – $30 ($30 originally – here)
+ Merona Brown Crew Sweater – $13 ($18 originally – 25% off sweater sale – here)
+ Merona Red Argyle Sweater – $14 ($20 originally – 30% off sale – here)
+ Express Wine Crossbody Purse – $30 ($50 originally – 40% off sale – here)
+ Merona Red Plaid Print Sweater – $14 ($20 originally – 30% off sale – here)
+ Old Navy Green Sateen Pants – $20 ($37 originally – sale price – 35% off sale – here)
+ Merona Gold Crew Sweater – $13 ($18 originally – 25% off sweater sale – here)
+ Loft Gray V-Neck Tee – $7 ($20 originally – sale price – flash sale – here)
+ Loft Maroon Crew Cardigan – $18 ($49.50 originally – sale price – flash sale – here)
+ Old Navy Wine Sateen Pants – $0 ($37 originally – sale price – 35% off sale – Old Navy reward dollars – here)
+ Old Navy Black Flare Skirt – $0 ($20 originally – sale price – 35% off sale – Old Navy reward dollars – here)
Total Spent: $188
Amount Under/Over: +$12 = $200 – $188
Total Saved: $175 = $363 (if not on sale) – $188
Item Count: 13
Carryover to Next Month: $43 = $31 + $12
October must have been month-of-buy-all-the-sweaters-ever, because that’s exactly what I did! I’ll blame it on the fact that Target had some great sweater sales this month, and I always just really love their sweater styles. A couple people have asked my review of them, and it basically boils down to this: they don’t hold up for years and years (maybe like 3-4), and they’re usually not super thick, but they get the job done and they’re great for layering (plus, you don’t have to worry too much if you spill chili or coffee on them…not that that’s happen to anyone here). I am looking to invest in some “better” sweaters this year, but you can’t beat a Target sweater deal!
If it wasn’t a sweater this month, it was really just a staple building piece: nude wedge pumps, colored utility pants, a black flare skirt, and a gray v-neck tee. All things that I have been looking to add/replace in my closet, and I’m glad to have found so many that will work so well! Minus that, I also added some fun pieces to my wardrobe: a maroon purse (so pretty) and a buffalo print blanket scarf…just plain fun and cozy!
I also didn’t count this in my budget, but I bought this navy sweater from L.L.Bean instead of a cable knit sweater from Ireland that was suppose to be my souvenir. This one looked better than the dozens that I tried on in Ireland and was cheaper too, so win? I also wore my black Merona ballets flats all over Europe and ended up wearing a hole in them (#travelhazards), so I replaced them with these new black Merona ballets flats, and I love them already!
Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ These black/white print loafer flats from Target – I thought that these were more brown than black, and they were just thin with no support in general.
+ The spacedye mixed media top from Loft – a couple other bloggers mentioned that they loved this top, so I ordered it as part of my flash sale order from Loft. The front looked great, and then I looked at the back in the mirror. I thought I paid for a full shirt, not 1/2 of one. Yes, I could have checked the website for a photo of the back, but I didn’t…so back to Loft it went.
I’m thinking of doing a half budget or spending freeze in December, so November will probably include more colder weather items, as fall is my favorite time to buy clothes, so I’ll try to be getting it all out of my system in November…plus Black Friday/Cyber Monday are always great great GREAT times to get the most out of my budget.
How did you do this month on your budget? I’m linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers, and you should too!