Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August Budget

It's the end of the month again, which means it is time to link up with Franish for Budgeting Bloggers.  I didn't spend much time shopping in August, but I still managed to spend most of my monthly budget.  Here's the breakdown: 

Love Culture Pink Sandals: $6 (originally $10)
Loft Orange/White stripe tank: $7 (originally $20)
Loft Plum tank: $8 (originally $25)
Loft Paisley Cardigan: $12 (originally $55)

J.Crew factory chambray popover: $31 (originally $68)
J.Crew factory pencil skirt: $25 (originally $75) -

Total = $89 (originally $253)

While I probably didn't need any of the above items, I really like all of them.  I've worn the pink sandals a lot already!  I am also working on a closet cleanout and realized that I don't have very many nice tank tops, so these 2 from Loft were a good addition.  The cardigan was just a unique piece that I didn't want to pass by.  J.Crew Factory got me with their emails again.  They were offering a "mystery sale", where you could get 10, 20, or 30% off.  I've had my eye on the chambray popover for quite a while, and more recently decided I wanted the red skirt (because I don't have a red pencil skirt, and isn't that a staple??).  I told myself that I would put in the mystery code, and only buy the items if it was 30% off (and then it was 30% off, so I bought them).  I think the popover will be a frequently worn item, as I wear my other chambray quite a bit.  This one is lighter, and I prefer the popover style to the full buttons, so I say it's a good decision.  The skirt is a little bit more on the orange end of the spectrum, but it fits really well, and I still think I will wear it a lot (and now I want the blue one, because I don't have a cobalt blue skirt).  

In September, I really need to focus on some shoe shopping.  I need to replace a few of my frequently worn pairs (nude pumps, gray flats), and I'd really like to find a pair of flat boots for winter.  All my boots have decent heels, which isn't the best for the snow and ice.  I just have trouble finding flat boots that I like.  

I'm also working on a closet cleanout (still), and hope to get a good portion of that dealt with over the long weekend.  

In conclusion, I feel pretty good about August.   I'm still on track for the year, and have about $150 rolling along.  I'm guessing that may be invested in some of my shoe purchases, but we will see. 

So, how did you do this month?


  1. Looks like some great purchases! And at least you're still on track for the year. Can't wait to see what boots you end up getting!

  2. I have the popover too! I love it so much, so I hope you love yours just as much!

  3. You got some great stuff! I love the pencil skirt, I wish I felt confident enough about the size to order online. I never do because I never know what to get. Urg.

  4. I love that Loft cardigan. I've had it in my cart a few times but never at THAT price! I would have definitely bought it for $12!

  5. That cardigan is fab! And that red pencil skirt -- I agree, a staple! Visiting via Fran's Budgeting Bloggers linkup :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

  6. You got some really great stuff this month, I adore the pencil skirt. I went a bit nuts this month, but I expected it with all my back-to-school shopping./

  7. You got some really great stuff this month, I adore the pencil skirt. I went a bit nuts this month, but I expected it with all my back-to-school shopping./

  8. You did well this month! The tanks seem to be good purchases. I think you'll be able to get good wear out of them. I have difficulty with purple from time to time so I'm looking forward to see how you wear them. That red skirt is an incredibly justified purchase-- I'd buy the same one myself if I could!

  9. Wow you did amazingly well this month girl! Great buys and prices. I didn't purchase anything this month :( saving up for September ;) I always love fall shopping the best for some reason .. xo

  10. That paisley cardigan is gorgeous! You found some great buys this month, very impressed!

  11. I'm obsessed with that cardigan!! Love it all though! i am so impressed with your shopping skills.

  12. You got some great stuff for so little! I love the pencil skirt and that patterned cardigan. You did so well on your budget!


  13. You got some amazing deals!I love that pencil skirt and paisley cardigan!

  14. Well, I just gushed about your paisley cardigan in the other I won't go into that again :) I think you did a great job shopping this month! I have a light chambray popover as well that I really like - the popover style is different and I love the light wash. I LOVE that purple tank - that's my absolute favorite color (in the right shade, too), and I wish I had more of it in my closet!