Welllllllll, it’s a pretty surprising how much I spent this month, since I wasn’t even in the country for two weeks! But at least no one can say that I can’t make up for lost time! ;)
Check out October’s budget below to see the damage:
October 2016 Budget
+ Merona Green Suede Loafers – $13 ($25 originally – 25% off sale – $5 coupon code – here)
+ J.Crew Brown Corduroy Blazer – $110 ($168 originally – sale price – 30% off sale – here)
+ Maroon J.Crew Cardigan – $60 ($90 originally – 30% off sale – here)
+ Cat & Jack (Target kids line) White/Black Striped Turtleneck – $5 ($7 originally – 20% off kid’s clothing sale – here)
+ Superga Black Leather Sneakers – $25 ($30 originally – $5 coupon code – here)
+ Loft Rabbit Print Utility Blouse – $16 ($60 originally – 40% off sale – $20 Loft cash – here)
+ Old Navy Maroon Skirt – $5 ($25 originally – sale price – 40% off sale – here)
+ Uniqlo Plaid Shirt – $20 ($30 originally – sale price – here)
+ Old Navy Grid Print Pants – $0 ($35 originally – 40% off sale – rewards credit – here)
+ Etsy Navy Fit and Flare Dress – $35 ($35 originally – here)
Total Spent: $289
Amount Under/Over: -$89 = $200 – $289
Total Saved: $216 = $505 (if not on sale) – $289
Item Count: 10
Carryover to Next Month: $21 = $110 – $89
I’m keeping this month’s review short, since I’m discussing a new budget idea to come in the next two months (or more, if I like how it works). But, I really, really, REALLY, love the items I picked up this month. Perfectly perfect for my fall wardrobe! I mean look at those jewel colors!
Plus, I can’t wait to show you outfits with my new blazer (even though without buying it, I would have been WELL under budget) and my new Etsy dress (beg the owner of the shop to make you one like mine…which is what I did)! Outfits coming hopefully this week and next!
Things That Didn’t End Up Working
+ This fur/fleece vest from J.Crew – I liked it, but I didn’t like the price for how few ways I could think to wear it…so I am going to try this one from Uniqlo…for way less.
+ This gray tweed skirt from Loft – love the fabric and fit, but hate hate HATE the stitching of the panels together (so cheap looking)
Next month (and in December, as well), I’m going to be doing an experiment/little something different with my budget. I’m starting to notice that I am accumulating SO MANY ITEMS that it is almost making it hard to wear my clothes. Plus, I find myself gravitating to items that will last over several seasons, years, and even decades.
My plan for this is to first do a deep clean out of my closet (neeeeds it), develop a list of needs (i.e. basics) and wants (i.e. wishlist items), slowly build up my basics of good, quality pieces (examples: tan cashmere sweater and black ankle pants) that won’t directly impact my budget, and then limit the amount of want/wishlist clothing and shoes that I have coming that WILL directly impact my budget.
I’m aiming to have an up-to-5-item-per-month budget with no real spending limit (mainly because this isn’t the huge issue right now), so it’s basically a modified 5-Item French-Wardrobe (more on that here, if you haven’t heard of it before). It’ll still give me options to be creative, but still give me a strict limit on what’s coming in. I’ll have to really really really want something for it to be part of my monthly budget, since it will only leave room for 4 other items in the month.
Thoughts on this new budget idea? Yay or nay? ;)
ps. I haven’t figured out what my limit with accessories will be, but I don’t really see too many of those coming in, so I guess I will address those as they come.