You guys. I ROCKED February shopping-wise. It was a good month: First of all, I had a healthy chunk of extra income to pump up my budget. Second, I managed not to blow it all, which is a miracle for me. Third, I got some really great stuff.
My biggest purchase was a dress from Madewell. I tried it on in the store on Feb. 1 and immediately fell in love, but I knew it was a bad idea for me to spend $130 that early in the month. I decided to wait at least 2 weeks and reassess my budget. I sold some old clothes so I had enough to buy it at full price, but I was hoping there would be a sale. I decided I would wait until Feb. 20 for a sale and if there wasn’t one, I would just take the plunge. I couldn’t risk it selling out! Lo and behold, on the morning of the 20th I woke up to see an email from Madewell: 30% off spring styles and free shipping. Like it was meant to be. It just came in the mail yesterday so you’ll see it on the blog soon!
I also got the final touches for my Barristers’ Ball (aka Law School Prom) outfit. The old Sarah probably would have made some excuse like “well, it’s a special occasion so it doesn’t count toward my budget.” But the new Sarah isn’t making any more excuses! The Ball is this Saturday, and I can’t wait to show off my outfit. If you want a preview before it hits the blog, just stalk me on Instagram this weekend.
Anyway, here’s the breakdown! You might remember from my first Budgeting Bloggers post that my budget is sort of a moving target. For more details on how I come up with my shopping budget, see this post.
- +$129 ($150 starting amount minus the $21 I overspent in January)
- +$109 (sold clothes at local consignment and resale shops)
- +$223 (blog income)
What I Spent
- -$50 on a hat from Anthropologie (you’ve seen me wear it 3x already!)
- -$53 on leopard booties from Nordstrom Rack (orig. price $160, on clearance and I had a $10 gift card)
- -$37 on nude pumps from 6pm.com (retail price $89)
- -$58 on a sequin top and statement necklace from ModCloth (top originally $70, on sale, plus I had a $7 credit and 10% off code)
- -$80 on a Peter Pilotto dress and field jacket from Target
- -$24 on a wool cape from Forever 21 (orig. price $48)
- -$97 on an olive dress from Madewell (orig. price $130)
=$399 (retail value $650)
That’s $62 under budget, people! *pats self on back*
As for gifted items…
What I Received
- Rose gold watch and heart bracelet from Dainty Wrist Jewelry
- Floral bead bib necklace from Fresh Produce
- Wave print infinity scarf from House of Gemmes
So, how did the rest of you do this month? Have you just given up on shopping until the weather gets nicer and you can buy pretty dresses? That’s not a bad idea actually.
Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers