November 2015 Budget

That’s right. I’m here posting November’s budget before Black Friday and giving myself free reign over whatever I buy during Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday, because I love fall, sales, and I’m planning on going a half budget/spending free in December.

Blasphemy, right?

So let’s check out what I bought in the first 25 days of November, and ignore the last 5 days of the month, shall we?

Check out November’s budget below to see the damage:


November 2015 Budget
+ Uniqlo Navy Sweater – $20 ($30 originally – sale price – here)
+ Tortoise Shell Chain Necklace – $11 (purchased on Poshmark – similar option here)
+ Loft Acorn Print Blouse – $35 ($59.50 originally – 40% off sale – here)
+ Loft Stripe Cardigan – $32 ($54.50 originally – 40% off sale – here)
+ Merona Navy Plaid Cardigan – $17 ($23 originally – 25% off Cartwheel – here)
+ Mossimo Polka Dot Shirt Dress – $21 ($28 originally – 25% off Cartwheel deal – here)
+ J.Crew Factory Horse Loafers – $40 ($80 originally – purchased on Ebay – similar options here)
+ Merona Black Quilted Vest – $24 ($35 originally – 30% off deal online – here)

Total Spent: $200

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: +$0 = $200 – $200
Total Saved: $141 = $341 (if not on sale) – $200
Item Count: 8
Carryover to Next Month: $43 = $43 + $0

*Means it was marked off my 2015 Wishlist (see that post here)

Hitting the budget dollar amount right on the head?! Booooooyaaaaahhh!

This was actually a pretty big month of clothing failures. It seemed like everything that I ordered was just not a cute on, as it look online. Maybe I’m just getting more particular about what I add to my closet? That would be nice!

It was also fun to get back into “thrifting” via eBay and Poshmark this month. I had originally wanted these J.Crew Factory horse loafers last year and when I saw them online in my size, I knew it was a sign! The tortoise shell chain link necklace was something I saw on another blogger and wanted a copy of it for my own outfit styling…Poshmark to the rescue! Sometimes it’s fun to just type in something you want (red crossbody purse, for example) and see what pops up!

It should also be noted that I did add in some jeans (3 pairs to be exact – these from Loft) that you’ve seen all over this blog. I did not include these in the budget, because I really needed some new jeans (you know, ones that fit properly…the struggle is real), and I’m thrilled with the ones that I scored from Loft during one of their crazy 50% off everything sales! I’m even thinking of picking up a backup dark rinse pair during Black Friday. Definitely recommend them for a try on!

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This oversized marled turtleneck sweater from Old Navy – just not cute at alllllll on me!
+ This perfect striped sweater from Old Navy – if this came in a small tall, it would be MINE, but unfortunately it does not and my torso is apparently too long! Loved it though!
+ This pleated faux leather skirt (in burgundy) from Target – you all know I love Target to death, but this was honestly one of the worst faux leather skirts I have ever seen. Cheap, cheap cheap looking! :(
+ This gray turtleneck from Target – too thin to make it through a Midwest winter, even though the price was good (I got it for $12 during a sweater sale!)
+ This gingham print scarf from Uniqlo – I really wanted to love it and I kind of did, but I think the size was just too large to deal with.

Like I mentioned above, I’m going to tap the brakes on my spending after Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday is over and done with. My December budget post should be small/minimal ($100 or under), as I need to wear all the sweaters and other items I’ve purchased in the last month!

How did you do this month on your budget? I’m linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers, and you should too!

  • You’re a brave soul for cutting down on spending in December! Between the crazy sales and the fact that my birthday is on the 24th of the month, December always ends up being a spendy month for me. I love your November purchases, particularly that striped cardigan from Loft!

  • You go girl!! I love all of your purchases and will be joining you in the brake pumping – too many loved ones to buy for!