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

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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

  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.

  4. 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.

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


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