Budgeting Bloggers: February 2014 | Always Aubrey

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Budgeting Bloggers: February 2014

February is a short month, so I figured that should make it an easier one to budget.

  1. J. Crew Double-strand Seahorse Necklace (originally $150, paid $45):  Purchased via Poshmark from my pal CM!  I'd loved it since I saw it on her blog/Instagram posts, and when she listed it I had to jump on it.  I think it's a great statement, and now that my jewelry is organized so I can see it every day, I think it will work well in my closet.
  2. Carhartt Portland Down Jacket in Empire Blue (originally $165, paid $130):  I blame it on the polar vortex.  I spent an entire weekend at the end of January seriously considering a pricey new coat.  But when I read the reviews and saw the prices, I just couldn't bring myself to spend $300+ on a jacket when I live in Nashville.  I know Carhartt as a reliably high quality brand, and I liked that this jacket had great reviews for being both comfortable and functional.  It's not your typical fashionista brand, but it was the right price point, and it's waterproof and WARM!  I'm very happy with it and wear it all the time.
  3. Fabletics Kingston Sweatshirt in White ($32):  I noticed that I need more long-sleeved workout layers, and this sweatshirt fit the bill.  Part of my monthly Fabletics VIP membership with free shipping.  (Read my review here.)
  4. Fabletics Suki Cycle Short in Black Snake Print ($24):  I wear a lot of workout capris, but I knew these would be nice once the weather warms up.  Part of my monthly Fabletics VIP membership with free shipping.  (Read my review here.)
$231  - $96 Posh/Blog Earnings = $135

Quarterly Budget: $500 - $260 January - $135 February = $105 remaining

I will note that I am not counting wardrobe purchases that I have had to make for an upcoming DAR event, which requires me to wear a white suit, white formal gown, white shoes, and carry a white handbag.  I decided that since these are pieces I will be wearing for the next 7 years as a DAR page, I would designate them as independent/special occasion; in fact, they have a separate section in my closet!  #DARPageProblems right?  I'm super excited to page, but I did choose investment pieces (Limited suit, leather handbag) and tried to leverage online sales and promo codes at every turn.  Also, I had to buy a bridesmaid dress.  Again, not counting that against my budget because BRIDESMAID DRESS.

Wishlist Update:
  • Red Classic Toms
  • A-Line Skirts like Heart of Haute
  • Pair of Khakis
  • Plaid Button-down Shirt
  • Gingham Button-down Shirt


P.S.  Here's an outfit pic!  Free cardi from my Mom, Old Navy dress, and my Sam Edelman boots.


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12 comments:

  1. You did awesome this month! This is going to be my first month linking up later today.

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  2. I really like the color of your new coat! Gorgeous necklace, too!! I can't believe how much you make selling clothes and with your blog earnings, that's really great!

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    1. The coat's fit isn't the most flattering, but it's so warm and waterproof I just don't even care!

      I've been very successful at Poshmark sales since last summer (it helps to price things right and be willing to let go), but now I'm down to just two items... so I'm going to have to do a better job of actually budgeting. I don't really have as much energy behind selling as I used to, so this month was actually much less than when I was at my best.

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  3. Your white dress is so pretty. The seahorse necklace is super cute! Keep toasty in your new coat :)

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    1. The white dress is from Old Navy! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. That seahorse necklace is my favorite!

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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    1. I can't wait to wear it.... it feels weird wearing a beachy necklace when it's so cold, so I'm holding out for warmer weather.

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  5. You are the second person today that has recommended Fabletics! I do need new workout clothes, so I think I'll give it a try!!

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    1. I'm totally hooked, and I always order on the 1st of the month so I know my items will be in stock! (Later in the month, the pickings are more slim.) Would love if if you would use my referral link!

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  6. I love that old navy dress - so pretty!

    I can definitely understand why you ended up with a new coat. I have been debating one all winter but since I live in Oklahoma I just can't justify it! I think you got a good deal on yours!

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    1. Isn't it funny how when you live in the "South" it's harder to justify a new coat, but when you live in the North it's like a normal thing to buy? LOL

      I just got to the point where I was done freezing, and I knew I'd have work trips to Michigan and Minnesota to make it worthwhile. But yeah, I feel this guilt because of where I live when I think about buying warm coats and sweaters!

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