Monday, June 29, 2015

Budgeting Bloggers: June 2015

I went on a shopping spree this month, as I struggle to resist good deals.  But was also a decent month for resale of my clothing, including both Poshmark and thredUP this time.  I think what most impressed me is that despite getting a ton of stuff, I got good deals and it all evened out!

  1. Fabletics Andreas Canyon (paid $60):  I order the tank top in navy and the jogger pants in black.  Jogger pants are my favorite loungewear, and I don't have a navy tank top for working out, so I caved in to get these.  Probably didn't NEED this stuff, but it looked cute so I went for it.  I think I'm pretty much done with Fabletics for now, so I plan to redeem my reward points and then opt out now that I have a ton of workout wear.
  2. eShakti Shawl Collar Gingham Dress (originally $70, paid $42):  I ordered three dresses from eShakti during a B2G1 sale, plus a discount code, and I ended up keeping two.  (When you include shipping, I basically got 40% off each dress.)  I love this Gingham Dress; it will be a staple this summer and it is so easy to wear.  It makes me feel like a fancy picnic-goer, and you know I love gingham.  So many compliments on this one, I know it was the right one for me!
  3. eShakti Havana Dress in Black (originally $70, paid $42): This dress just looked like my next LBD.  I figured it would be great for an occasion, and I love the fit!  Classic enough to hang on to for a while, as my other LBDs are all a few years old.
  4. eShakti Pleated Polka Dot Knit Dress (originally $74, paid $20 with sale/discount/giftcard): I know, what is with all the eShakti?!  Well, after my B2G1 order, eShakti reached out to me with a blogging opportunity that yielded me a $75 giftcard.  That stacked with a sale, discount code, and shipping meant I spent $40 on two dresses.  I decided to try a knit dress because I'd never tried those with eShakti before.  Super soft and comfortable, a classic dress for my closet.
  5. eShakti Poppy Fields Shirt Dress (originally $90, paid $20 with sale/discount/giftcard):   I fell in love with the print on this dress, and I hoped it would work for me... and it did!  I also love the belt it came with.
  6. Worthington Pencil Skirts in Black and Red (originally $36 each, paid $20 each):  Basics, because you need these colors!  I have so many print tops from Stitch Fix and other things, summer is for skirts.
  7. Worthington Sateen Pencil Skirts in White and Rich Royal (originally $36 each, paid $14 each):  Again, basic colors.  I think with the exception of a mustard-colored pencil skirt I still wish I had, or maybe Kelly green, I used this JCPenney sale to get a ton of skirts that will work in combination with things I already have in my closet.

Woof, did I get enough pencil skirts?  Sissy always accuses me of liking something and then getting it in every color.  But I got rid of all my maxi and pencil skirts last year because they were cheap knits/ponte and not holding up well, and I missed the pencil skirt look a lot.  I hope it helps me step up my work wardrobe this summer.

I also had one of my workout tank tops wash poorly from last month, so the Look Human awesome customer service folks refunded that purchase.  I've subtracted it from this month since I counted it last month.

$252 spent - $135 sold - $23 refunds = $94 total spent
$256 savings

Total 2015 Net Spending: Q1 $616 + Q2 $354 = $970

Remember when I used to stick to a $500/quarter budget, with subtractions for sales?  Looks like I'm technically still on track if you average out the past two quarters, despite no strict budget goal to hit..

Don't forget to check out the rest of Franish's budgeting bloggers!

As a bonus, here's an Instagram pic of me wearing the gingham dress at brunch, and the black dress at my cousin's wedding:

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