December 2015 Budget

Hello, four days until 2016! How the heck did we get here?

If you remember, I had an abbreviated budget this month, so this post is a little bit more condensed than you’re probably used to, but I’ve still got some fun stuff to share!

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

december 2015 budget

December 2015 Budget
+ Loft Vine Print Utility Blouse -$15 ($59.50 originally – 40% off sale – $20 reward card – here)
+ Charter Club Navy Cashmere Sweater – $40 ($139 originally – crazy sale – here)
+ BaubleBar “K” Charm, Horseshoe Charm, and Tassel Charm – $25 ($14 + $10 + $12 – promo code – here)
+ Xhilaration Black Sequin Skirt – $17 ($25 originally – 30% off online sale – here)

Total Spent: $97

Goal: $100 (1/2 budget month!)
Amount Under/Over: +$3 = $100 – $97
Total Saved: $163 = $260 (if not on sale) – $97
Item Count: 4
Carryover to Next Month: $46 = $43 + $3

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

I actually had no trouble sticking to half a budget this month, probably because I have too much stuff anyways, but I was also too busy to shop with all the holiday events! And apparently, buying presents for others and battling the holiday crowds is enough shopping for me in December!

The Charter Club cashmere sweater is too good to pass up (I already have it in a hunter green color too…it’s amazing), and I’m in LOVE with my charm necklace. I had a charm bracelet growing up, but I just don’t wear bracelets much anymore, since I’m on the computer ALL day long and they just seem to get in the way. But this necklace is the perfect way to enjoy the charms!

I did receive some clothing/accessory-related items for Christmas and did do some Black Friday shopping (mentioned in last month’s budget post), so you’ll be seeing those items around here too!

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This reindeer fair isle sweater from Loft – This sweater is super duper cute, fits perfectly, and I loved the mix of fair isle and polka dots. But since a girl only needs one reindeer fair isle sweater, and I already have one (see it here), I figured I didn’t need another one!

Things That I Ended Up Receiving
+ The NFLShop.com let me pick out an item to style for my post with them, so I was thrilled to pick out this golden logo Colts tee! Go Colts go!
+This month, I was also lucky enough to work with Express on a post where they provided merchandise to me. I think it is important to disclose this (especially since I got to pick it out on my own, so it was kind of like shopping!), so here are the four items that I received.

Next month’s budget will obviously be the first of the new year! I’ll be back to my normal budget amount, but I’m still working to wear and remix everything that I have now!

I’m really pleased of how my style developed in 2015, and I’m hoping to continue to fine tune it in 2016. Instead of doing my yearly wishlists, I think I have decided to change those to seasonal to help keep them fresh and have an active “shopping list” in my head, so you’ll see the first of those next month! Be sure to let me know if you like them or not!

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

  • Loving the sequin skirt you got – hope you had a great Christmas!

  • That sweater looks so soft! I tried to find that ivy print shirt in stores but it was sold out. Can’t wait to see you style it!

    Also, I’ve been loving your pom pom hats, so I picked one up at Target and I’m very happy about it!

    xo nicole
    writeslikeagirlblog.com

  • I’ve had a Charter Club cashmere sweater in my online cart for weeks – I might finally pick one up!