Monday, November 30, 2015

Budgeting Bloggers: November 2015

I was a shopaholic this month, to be sure!  I couldn't resist sales, deals, etc.  Here's what I got...

  1. Monogrammed Leather Clutch/Crossbody Bag ($27 + $10 monogram):  I was in my favorite local gift store, Silver Steer & Co., and I noticed their monogrammed leather clutches and bags.   I have been looking for a black clutch, and I figured having an added monogram would be extra nice.  Feels good to shop local, too!
  2. Earrings and Necklace from Silver Steer & Co. ($11 and $20):  I purchased these, with a 10% discount, at the Christmas Reveal Party for the store.  I loved having another version of a tassel necklace to wear as a statement piece!
  3. Everyday I'm Hustlin' Pouch from Silver Steer & Co. ($17):  Another 10% discount purchase.  I used small pouches like these in my purse to hold little miscellaneous things like Chapstick, ponytails, etc. to make it easier to transfer items from purse to purse.
  4. eShakti Dresses ($90 for three: teal jersey, black retro, plaid; originally $165 total):  I purchased five dresses from eShakti during a Buy 3, Get 2 Free sale.  I stacked the sale with a gift coupon and discount code, so each dress averaged out to $30 each with shipping.  I returned two of the dresses in the end.
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  • Stitch Fix Mixed Media Top ($38 after credits):  Check out my Stitch Fix recap here.
  • Large Leather Bag via Etsy ($180):  As you might recall, I've been looking for an alternative to my beloved Madewell transport tote that has a zipper over the top but still fits my laptop and binders.  (My Madewell bag was a purchase following a search to something that reminded me of an old Longchamp, but more durable.)  I found a leather shop on Etsy in Spain that would customize a large black leather bag to have brown handles and cross-body strap.  The price was comparable to a Madewell tote or Longchamp bag, but with the features, materials, and colors I wanted.  The shop also had rave reviews!  I can't recall ever spending this much on a non-designer bag, but it really felt like an opportunity to have the best work/everyday tote possible with my difficult-to-please specs/requirements.  I was nervous ordering it without holding/feeling it beforehand.  (Sorry no photos yet, I blame Thanksgiving.)  Here's a picture of an all-black version, just imagine mine with brown straps.

  • LuLaRoe Amelia Dress ($58):  I will review all of the LuLaRoe pieces here soon! 
  • LuLaRoe Leggings (2 for $42)
  • LuLaRoe Cassie Skirt ($30)

$479 spent -  $103 sold = $376 total spent
$105 savings

Total 2015 YTD Spending: H1 $970 + Q3 $368 + October $196 + November $376 = $1910

Also, here are a few outfit photos from warmer weather days last month...

Don't forget to check out the rest of Fran's Budgeting Bloggers here,
and shop my Poshmark closet!

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