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