Oh budgeting. I probably should have never started this, even though I love this post and the reflection of what I bought. I’m just not under budget this month…let’s just say that right now. Luckily, I had a little reserve from the past months to cover my extra spending.
Check out March’s budget below to see the damage (split into retail stores and thrifted goods breakdown again).
March 2014 Budget
+ Merona Snakeskin Pump; Target – $24 ($30 originally – here)
+ Merona Hot Air Balloon Gray Favorite Blouse; Target – $20 ($23 originally – here)
+ Army Green The Rockstar Pants; Old Navy – $24.50 ($35 originally – here)
+ Merona Striped Pocket Top; Target – $20 ($25 originally – here)
+ Merona Cognac Tote Bag; Target – $22 ($35 originally – here; review here)
+ Merona Orange Print Chino Shorts; Target – $16 ($20 originally – here)
+ Mossimo Supply Co. Polka Dot Easy Waist Dress; Target – $15 ($25 originally – here)
+ Sam and Libby Leopard Ankle Boots; Target – $12 ($40 originally – major score – here)
+ Merona Grid Shirt; Target – $20 ($25 originally – here)
+ Mossimo Supply Co. Pointelle Coral Sweater; Target – $5 ($20 originally – here)
+ Black Baseball Cap; Target – $4 ($7 originally – here)
+Mossimo Supply Co. Ruffle Front Dress; Target – $15 ($25 originally – here)
+ Scallop Black and White Stripe Tee; Ann Taylor Loft – $15 ($34.50 originally – here)
+ Navy and White Striped Shorts; Ann Taylor Loft – $30 ($49.50 originally – here)
+ Scallop Hem Skirt; Ann Taylor Loft – $42 ($69.50 originally – here)
Total Retail: $284.50
+ Rampage Nude Pumps; thrifted – $15 ($50 originally; similar here)
Total Thrifted: $15
Total Spent: $299.50
Amount Under/Over: -$49.50 = $250 – $299.50
Total Saved: $164 = $463.50 (if not on sale) – $299.50
Item Count: 16
Carryover to Next Month: $6.30 = $55.80 – $49.50
Thoughts on my purchases this month: I definitely bought too much (hello over budget for the first time), but did end up getting some staple pieces (tote, snakeskin pumps, green army pants) along with some fun pieces (can anyone say hot air balloon blouse?). I also loved pieces from the Loft, which were more expensive then my regular Target items (though I always wait for a 40% off sale there). I’m super happy with the items I purchased, and I’m doubting that I will be spending that much in April due to the wedding/honeymoon (though a few of the items here will be worn during the honeymoon and were specifically purchased for that trip). But who knows what will happen in the early weeks of April?!
Linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers!