March 2016 Budget

Marching into April (sorry, had to do it) with some new items and sharing what I bought all month long after some great sales and some budget finagling! And let me tell you, I feel like I am really honed into my budget recently and continue to make smart decisions and purchases. #gome!

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

March 2016 budget | Style On Target

March 2016 Budget
+ Merona Floral Print Silk Scarf – $10 ($13 originally – 20% off sale – here)
+ Merona Yellow/Navy Stripe Boatneck Tee – $10 ($12 originally – 20% off sale – here)
+ Michael Kors Jet Set Crossbody Purse – $0 ($148 originally – via eBay – thrift store savings – similar here)*
+ J.Crew Factory Crystal Necklace – $25 ($55 originally – J.Crew Factory pricing – 30% off sale – here)
+ The Limited Red Blazer – $50 ($100 originally – 50% off St. Patrick’s Day sale – here)
+ H&M Beige Blazer – $35 ($35 originally – here (and way cuter on than it looks online!))
+ Old Navy Black Cross Slides – $12 ($23 originally – 50% off in stores – here)

Total Spent: $241

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: $58= $200 – $142
Total Saved: $145 = $386 (if not on sale) – $142 – $99 (for the Michael Kors purse)
Item Count: 7
Carryover to Next Month: $176 = $118 + $58

Blazers and accessories this month, apparently (and the quintessential stripe tee from Target, naturally…)! But no Loft utility blouse, so I broke that streak of 4 months in a row! And I was able to knock three items off my spring wishlist (see which ones here)! Including the world’s most wonderful red blazer…seriously score it while you can, because there is a shortage of red blazers in the world…and this one’s legit!

*Last month, if you remember, I bought a red Coach crossbody purse, but I realized it was a little too big for the purses that I normally carry. I sold it (for profit!) at a local consignment shop (Simply Chic for you Indy folks), along with some other items, and used all of that money to buy my Michael Kors beauty (which is why I reported it as a $0 purchase). See, cleaning out your closets does make a difference! I already use my Colts blue one a lot (last seen here), and Jess from Here & Now wears her red-orange one with everything, so I got the same color via eBay.

And it should be noted that during this month, I bought nothing (except two candles) when at the outlet mall earlier this month with my best friends…what is wrong with me?!

Don’t worry, I made up for it by buying the most perfectly red spring jacket from J.Crew (here). I waited patiently for it to go on sale (though I did order before my size was sold out), and I don’t count outerwear in the Midwest as part of my budget (because you have to have it to survive the seasons…and I’m a budget cheater).

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ These polka dot shorts (in beige/black) – In theory? Super cute. On me? Not so much.
This white eyelet dress from Loft – gorgeous, comfy, and really good quality, but I just couldn’t shake the “First Communion” dress vibe that I felt when wearing it…maybe a jean jacket could combat that? I would love to see it in a navy or red though! ;)
+ This pair of pants from Loft – This was my own fault, because apparently I can’t read. These clearly say cropped online, but I just thought it was regular ankle pants. So much nope. I had to double check the tag three times to make sure I ordered the tall length. I did. These are just practically capris. Boo, Loft, boo.
+ These Old Navy white jeans. I am still on the hunt for a pair of white jeans that 1.) aren’t see through and 2.) aren’t sausage-casing-skin-tight. I’ve tried on dozens of pairs at this point, and have another few coming from Loft, but I’m about to give up. Any other pear shaped ladies have any suggestions for this.

In April, I’m actually working to complete my first Whole30 (read more about the program here), so I’m interested to see how that might affect my shopping habits! More or less…we’ll find out! I currently have my eye on these espadrilles (in the denim color) and this vintage floral tee! What are you looking to purchase next month?

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

  • Lee4

    Re the white jeans: check Loft! I bought a pair of the curvy straight ones a few months back during a 50% off sale. Finally got to wear them this week & loved them! The are not see through & not skinny jeans so my legs don’t look like sausages. I really wish they would make a cropped version that fit the same way. My calves are not made for tight legged jeans.

  • Kim

    I would love to see if you do find some white jeans you like. As a fellow pear, I’ve found it tough finding any I like. I also tried the Old Navy straight ones but did not like the fit. I was wearing black jeans that day and when I put them back on, it looked like I lost 20lbs! I have looked for bootcut ones, but the only I’ve found are Jag jeans, Nordstrom (too pricey) and some sketchy ones on amazon.

  • Loving that silk scarf–such a pretty print! I consider myself pear-shaped, and I really love my white jeans from Loft–the modern skinny cut was perfect for me!

  • rose102

    I tried on 3 different pairs from Loft, each one looked worse then the nxt :-0. Finally found a pair from Ann Taylor which I thought actually looked good! It’s not easy to find white jeans for sure, keep searching and you’ll find something!

  • I’ve thought about ordering that purse so many times. It’s such a cute pieces and they perfect size for everyday! Great job getting rid of something you don’t love anymore to buy one you do!

  • I love that blazer!! I’m a sucker for ivory and white anyway, but a great blazer? Sign me up. I live in my Massimo Dutti blazers…

  • Nicely done on reselling your red Coach purse for a profit! Hopefully the Michael Kors one works out better for you. That scarf is gorgeous as well, love the pop of colour! I’m over budget this month, but under for the quarter… so yay?

  • I just bought white jeans from Nordstrom! The struggle is real – I’ve tried on at least a dozen… Fingers crossed these work!

  • Florentina Scusi

    Great bag and necklace!

  • mcmtino

    I bout the old navy rockstar jeans in white, and I sized up one size. I love them this way.

  • OMG the scarf! I need it! Thank you for bringing it to my attention! I can’t wait to see how you styled yours. Also that red trench is everythiiiiiiiiing.

    I tried on those ON white jeans and I have never looked so bizarre. I think white jeans just may not be for me. I’m not sure if you follow Kimi at Cotton, Cashmere, Cat Hair, but she did a whole series on searching for white jeans last year that you might find helpful!