Thursday, June 30, 2016

Budgeting Bloggers: June 2016

June was pretty much all about accessories!  I was never an accessories girl, but now I put on a few items every day to add to my outfits.  Maybe I'm changing my tune, because of how cute my options are... it's so much easier building a collection of things that coordinate!   I was also spot-on for my quarterly budgeting, thanks to Poshmark sales, which makes me a happy camper.

  1. Kate Spade New York Ice Cream Cone iPhone 6 case (originally $45, paid $34):  My friend Kaelah has this case, and I just HAD to have it.  My coworkers think it's ridiculous (it's on my personal, not my work phone), and it's big, but it fits into my purse and it's really cute and fun for summer.  I have no shame in my love of it's novelty, and it's great for selfies and hilarious to talk on.
  2. Jete Houndstooth Peplum Top ($12 via Gwynnie Bee):  This was the piece I purchased from my trial of Gwynnie Bee.
  3. Capri Three-Row Convertible Necklace and Capri Convertible Jacket Earrings (originally $65 and $32, used discount code):  I got $177 worth of Chloe + Isabel jewelry for $135 (including tax and shipping), thanks to a great summer discount code.  I reviewed some jewelry that I received earlier this month, and I liked it enough that I went back and ordered some other items I really liked.  My fav part about this jewelry line is that you can order coordinating pieces, and even convertible pieces to really mix and match to suit your outfit.
  4. Bianca Open Collar Necklace and Bianca Bracelet + Ring Handpiece (originally $42 and $38):  These two pieces are a bit outside of my comfort zone, but I've been in love with handpieces since I saw them in Iraq years ago.  I really wanted one, and having a matching necklace made sense.  It will also go with the earrings I received earlier this month.

    $181 spent -  $33 sold = $148 total spent in June
    Quarter Budget: $500 - $160 in April  - $185 in May  - $148 in June = $7 under budget

    I think a $500 quarterly budget has been working best for me, after almost two years of this budgeting stuff.  It's a reasonable amount, and it encourages me to sell things I don't wear anymore so I can balance that budget.  I've been experimenting with things like Stitch Fix, Gwynnie Bee, and most recently Le Tote to see what works best for me and my closet.  I don't want to end up with too much, just things I really love to wear!

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