August 2016 Budget

Guys, did you know that it is the end of August already? How? Why? When? Where?

After you’re done answering all those questions for me, be sure to check out August’s budget below to see the damage:
august 2016 budget | Style On Target

August 2016 Budget
+ Merona Wedge Suede Heels (both black and gray) – $45 ($30 each – BOGO 50% off – here)
+ J.Crew Factory Gingham Cardigan  – $25 ($70 originally – sale price – 30% off sale – here)
+ Banana Republic Black Belted Cardigan – $19 ($98 original price – 50% off for cardholders + $20 reward coupon – here)
+ Club Monaco Gingham Scarf – $25 ($60 originally – sale price – 40% off clearance – here)
+ Old Navy Black Floral Dress – $16 ($33 originally – sale price – 35% off sale – here)

Not Pictured:
+ Merona Green/White Stripe Boatneck Tee – $0 ($12 – gift card – here)
+ J.Crew Navy/Red Stripe Skirt – $20 ($80 originally – via Poshmark)
+ Old Navy Black Plaid Midi Skirt – $16 ($30 originally – sale price – 35% off code – here)
+ J.Crew Factory Horseshoe Cardigan – $25 ($70 originally – sale price – 30% off sale – here)
+ J.Crew Factory Striped Shell – $19 ($45 originally – sale price – 30% sale – here)
J.Crew Factory Striped Cardigan – $25 ($60 originally – sale price – 30% sale – here)
+ Zara Black/White Polka Dot Scarf – $13 ($13 originally – here)
+ Merona Navy Ballet Flats – $15 ($20 originally – BOGO 50% off – here)
Sam & Libby Maroon Scallop Ballet Flats – $30 ($35 originally – BOGO 50% off – here)

Total Spent: $293

Goal: $200
Amount Under/Over: -$93 = $200 – $293
Total Saved: $393 = $686 (if not on sale) – $293
Item Count: 14
Carryover to Next Month: $133 = $226 – $93

It’s no surprise to me that I went over budget for the month of August. August is the glorious month where all the stores start to bring out their fall apparel…and I lose my mind and control over my wallet.

Despite spending nearly a month and half…in one month, I’m in love with everything I purchased. Lots of red, lots of navy, all kinds of classic patterns, and tons of Target shoes…you know, basically my MO.

My two favorite items might be this belted cardigan from Banana Republic (such a good use of my rewards) and these scallop flats from Target (so comfy)! Both perfect for fall, though I’m already working on breaking in these flats!

I also somehow ended up with another green utility jacket (this one from Target)! In my defense, I was looking for a heavier, longer version than my J.Crew field jacket, and this one fits the bill! I don’t play by the rules (and I live in the Midwest…where the weather also doesn’t play by the rules), so I don’t count outerwear in my budget roundups!

Which is also why this polka dot puffer vest that I am DYING over also didn’t make a dent in my budget. #rulebreaker

Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This nearly perfect skirt from Banana Republic – I really, really, REALLY wanted this skirt to work, because it is the perfect color combo for my closet. Unfortunately, it was just too short and too boxy. Super bummer.
+ This yellow dress from J.Crew Factory – weird material and bunching in weird places is an easy no for me to make.
+ This faux suede skirt from Macy’s – I had such high hopes for this skirt, and they were crushed by the length and the obviously fake material. Next.

I plan on buying ALL of the items from the J.Crew Factory roundup here next month. Just kidding, but Sarah suggested it…and it would be the greatest/worst idea ever! In reality, hopefully I will be slowing down my spending, but Labor Day sales might get the better of me!

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

  • I am SO excited for Labor Day sales. I’m itching to do some fall shopping and have been holding off until just the right time. That Club Monaco scarf is sooooooo good. Excited to see you style the belted cardigan! That seems to be a fun trend this season, but one I’m not quite sure how to incorporate. Surely, you’ll be my inspo.

  • I am kind of obsessed with the scalloped flats you got – I can’t believe they’re from Target! Putting them on my wish list immediately. Grateful I work all of Labor Day weekend, I hopefully won’t be too tempted!

  • I’ve had my eye on that belted cardigan! What are your thoughts on it?! It just looks so darn cute – I just want to wear it with jeans and a tee all winter long! I totally agree with you about the fall shopping, but it’s so hot here that I think September will be my downfall for fall clothes. ALL THE SWEATERS!

  • First off, I’m loving those wedges! I wish Target hadn’t skipped town on us, because I absolutely would have checked those out. Actually I’m in love with most of your purchases, but given that fall is my preferred season I’m not surprised by that. I’m way under budget this month, but that’s because I’m saving up most of my quarterly budget for fall shopping next month.

  • I absolutely love those scalloped flats! Can’t decide if I want the classic black or the burgundy…