Budgeting Bloggers: July 2014 | Always Aubrey

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Budgeting Bloggers: July 2014

A day late and in the middle of my Germany posts, but here is July's Budgeting Bloggers update! 

July was a good month!  I was away from home for most of it, but I also got some great gifts from my family when I spent time with them.  I definitely also spent some money, as I got excited about summer dress and skirt weather.


  1. Unisa Lola Wedge Sandal in Gold - (valued $60, paid $40):  I bought these sandals to wear in my cousin's wedding this fall.  I needed a gold sandal I could walk on grass in, as well as something formal enough for the occasion.  She approved these and liked the shiny wedge heel vs. something more informal like cork.  I counted them in my budget (unlike the dress) because these are wearable again for sure.
  2. eShakti Rose Print Cotton Shirtdress with Custom Sleeves (originally $88, c/o eShakti): This beautiful dress was given to me by eShakti for a review.  I had short sleeves added, since I don't like cap sleeves.  Check out my review of the dress here.
  3. Heart of Haute Peacock Royale Skirt ($62 with shipping):  The DAR Junior mascot until 2016 is a Peacock, and as a National Vice Chairman I felt I needed some peacock flair to wear at DAR events.  I bought this so I could wear it to our state's fall workshops in August.
  4. Fabletics Embra Tank and Lima Capris (originally $60, paid $34):  I fell in love with the colors in the capris, and I had a credit left over from some returns.  I skipped last month (Fabletics is a subscription service, learn more by clicking my referral link here) but this month the pattern was awesome!  It's called High Intensity.  Definitely got a lot of compliments when I posted on Instagram.
  5. eShakti Retro Chambray Shirtdress (originally $80, paid $57):  I have been looking for a denim shirtdress with a flare, and this one was the only one I found that seemed to fit the silhouette I was looking for.  I got $30 for first-time purchase, plus stacked another promo code to get it for $57 including S+H.  I love it!  Totally worth what I paid to finally have a chambray shirtdress that flatters my shape.
  6. Studio 1 Maxi Dress via JCPenney (originally $70, paid $40):  This was a semi-impulse purchase, as I needed something to wear to dinner for a work trip in NYC and I sweated through my planned outfit on a walking tour the same day.  So I power-walked a few moreblocks and found this.  It's comfy, and it's only the 2nd maxi dress in my closet after I got rid of a couple of less flattering ones.  Easy outfit.
I also got a bunch of freebies this month from my time with my family!

Gifts from Family (FREE to me, clockwise from top left):
  • White Shirt with Buttons (Mom found this via Sam's Club)
  • LOFT Tanks ($9 each on sale)
  • LOFT Dress (on sale at outlet for $20!)
  • Tory Burch Cardigan (Sissy found this at Last Chance, it has a tiny hole I will have fixed)
  • Banana Republic Tank  (Another Mom find, on super sale)

Not Pictured:
  • Target Swan Favorite Button Down Shirt, similar ($23):  Another Target button down in adorable print for me!  Like my pineapple shirt from last month, this one is from Merona brand.  I couldn't find a picture online but there are similar prints available.  Loads of compliments on it too.
  • Ann Taylor Peplum Top (originally $55, paid $13):  Extra 70% off clearance top at the outlets during my NY trip, it's sleeveless, white, and has black dots.

$249 spent - $90 earned = $159 total
$$$ savings (lots of freebies!)

Quarterly Budget: $500 - $159 July = $341 remaining

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8 comments:

  1. Ahh, isn't eShakti the best?! Also, loving your Fabletics pieces!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  2. I'm hooked! They send me great coupons to keep me coming back.

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  3. I almost bought the swan button down a week ago and now cannot find it anywhere! I am kicking myself for not getting it. I need to check another store.

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  4. Oh I love the denim dress!!!

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  5. It's one of my new favorites!

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  6. That loft dress is the best little print! Can't wait to see you wear it. Also jumped on those fabletic capris! They should be here soon.

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  7. It's in today's post from Germany! And the capris are the bomb. I wore them again yesterday.

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