Friday, February 27, 2015

Budgeting Bloggers: February 2015

February is a short month, but I sure managed to spend a lot compared to January!  I hesitated to count the hiking clothes I got for Peru as part of my budget, but since I count workout clothes I decided to include them here too.  (I do not count undergarments/socks/etc., but I do count the rest!)  So even though you won't see me wearing my workout and hiking gear regularly, it is money spent after all.
  1. kate spade Tres Chic Studs (originally $48, paid $19):  Curse you, kate spade Surprise Sale!  They know me too well.  These earrings suckered the French major in me, and I love yellow gold now.  (I used to be all silver-tone.)
  2. kate spade Moon River Bangle (originally $58, paid $29):  I'd been wanting this bangle for about a year, then I decided to just go for it.  My "arm party" is all gold tones so this goes along with it well!
  3. Fabletics 'Ocean Drive' Outfit (originally $80, paid $70 with credits):  I needed a new black workout tank top, and I loved the cardigan for layering. It actually has a zipper portion for two different looks.  Lastly, that awesome capri print won me over!  I am not sure if I will continue with Fabletics beyond this point; I have soooo many workout clothes now.  I love the quality, and lately I'm drawn more towards pieces that could serve as loungewear too.
  4. Columbia Silver Ridge Pants (originally $55, paid $25 each for two pairs and Mom gifted me a third pair):  I plan to be "hiker chic" during our honeymoon in Peru, because I know we'll be on foot a lot.  I don't have pants other than work pants and jeans, so I had hiking pants on the list.  I got these pants in all three colors: Black, Tusk, and Mom got me Grill.  They needed hemming for my height, but they're perfect for our upcoming adventure.
  5. Columbia Outerspaced Hoodie in Sea Salt (originally $60, paid $20):  This is another top I added as a layering piece for Peru.  It was on super clearance, and it is very soft and not too fitted.  Again, not something I'd wear all the time, but worth purchasing for the trip.
  6. Stitch Fix Pixley Ellie Elephant Print Blouse ($48):  My $20 Stitch Fix styling fee was built into the cost of this shirt.  So Stitch Fix would say I only paid $28, which I don't consider to be too bad.  I really fell in love with both the print and softness of this shirt.  I dislike that it's "hand wash", but that just means I'll probably put it into a mesh bag when I wash it with the rest of my clothes on cold. (Shhhh...)  I'll do a full review soon!
  7. Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoes in Dusty Olive (retail $110, gift from Dan):  I told Dan that I wanted hiking shoes for Peru for my birthday, but since the trip is just a few days after we decided to get them early so I can break them in!
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Target Tee (on clearance for $3)
Target Sunglasses ($17) to replace a broken pair
$256 spent - $30 sold = $226 total
$303 savings

I may have spent a good bit (but look at my savings!), but March doesn't look to be any better as I'm always a little crazy in my birthday month... but with travel starting to rev up in April and June, I may be a bit too distracted.  I'll also have at least two more attempts with Stitch Fix, so let's just assume 2015 is not the year I am the thrifty shopper.
Total 2015 Net Spending: $70 + $226 = $296 total

P.S.  Check out the rest of this month's Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish!


  1. I have a pair of very similar Columbia hiking pants I got at their outlet over 2 years ago and I adore hiking in them - I wish I had 3 pairs for big trips! So far they have survived many adventures and are in great shape. Have an amazing time in Peru!

  2. That's good to hear! Since I got them on clearance (and a gift from Mom) it was such a win! I'll probably wear them multiple days during the trip.

  3. those pants seem like they are perfect for hiking! And your trip sounds so excited! Gah, I hope you have the best time!

  4. Thanks, it's about a month away! I'll be posting my packing list and of course a series of posts covering our itinerary. :)

  5. Ooh, I should go check out those Columbia pants as well. We're honeymooning in Thailand next month, and I don't have a good pair of long pants that would work for excursions. Those look like they would fit the bill perfectly!

  6. Check out their outlet and clearance sections! These pants roll up into capris too.

  7. Love the bow bracelet. And Peru sounds amazing. It's on my must-see list ass well.

  8. The bangle and earrings are super cute!

  9. We are going as an early honeymoon, since it's on our bucket list!

  10. Thank you! I couldn't resist the great prices.


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