Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Budgeting Bloggers: May 2015

I didn't shop hardly at all last month, and then this month I spent ALL THE MONEY!  I sold quite a bit too, so it stings a *little* bit less, but it was still a crazy month for my spending.  Wowza.  I am not quite sure how it happened... but I know part of it was a really big Stitch Fix investment, so that definitely factored in.

  1. HUMAN Tank Tops ($23 each on sale, $69 total): I have dedicated myself to being more active, and I've signed up as a member at my local Orange Theory fitness location.  To reward myself, I ordered this hilariously sassy tank tops for my workouts.  They had like a zillion that I wanted...  I want ALL OF THEM!  I will say I probably won't order from this site again, because the quality of the printing isn't super great; the green tank washed poorly and discolored but Look Human was quick to refund me my money for that one.
  2. Franco Sarto Sharp Wedge Sandal in Beige (originally $89, paid $60 via DSW):  I've been looking for a new wedge sandal in a nude color for summer, and the minute I tried these on I was hooked.  I will wear them mostly with dresses this summer on days I don't want to wear flats or gladiator sandals.  I've already been wearing these and my new sandals every day.
  3. Mix No. 6 Avesa Flat Sandal in Black (originally $40, paid $30 via DSW):  I love the brown/black leather combo of my Madewell bag, because it matches every outfit.  These sandals are in the style I live in during the summer, and I feel like the color combo lends them to matching quite a bit more.  These and the Franco Sarto wedges are my new warm-weather uniform.
  4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Crosby Commuter Computer Case in Black Multi (originally $118, paid $71 via Nordstrom):  Impulse purchase, but I needed a sleeve/case for my laptop.  I sold a few handbags this month, so while I feel a little guilt added two new bags to the mix, this one is the only bag I have that specifically protects my MacBook, other than a bulky backpack.  At least that makes it functional, I suppose.  I almost pull the trigger on a $130 Kate Spade outlet bag, but this one was a better deal and it's MARC, hello.
  5. Stitch Fix (originally $330, paid $215):  I got a dress, a jacket, and three blouses, and I kept them all.  I was not completely sold on one of the tops, but I kept it because you get a significant discount for keeping all the items.  I'll be recapping my Fix in the coming days.

I also bought a formal gown and a white faux leather tote for June's DAR Continental Congress at JCPenney; I do not count my DAR wardrobe against my budget, because I really only get to wear those items a couple times per year and it's for non-profit work.  If it's something that doubles for DAR and regular wardrobe, I count it!

$445 spent - $185 sold = $260 total spent
$218 savings

Total 2015 Net Spending: Q1 $616 + $260 = $876

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

I'm always trying to continue my own wardrobe cleanout, so feel free to shop my Poshmark closet in case something strikes your fancy!  I've added a lot of items since last month, as I'm contemplating some sort of year-round, all-seasons capsule wardrobe of sorts, or *some* kind of limit to it all.

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