April Budget

- Fashion, Shopping
Recent Purchases

 

1. Floral One Should Top in Fuschia – Questhaven Fashions $10.00 – $3.50 in promo codes + $3.25 S&H = $9.75 I had an additional promo code I got on Facebook for liking their fan page, so when I saw this top, I had to make it mine. I love the color and flower details, plus with the right blazer or cardigan I can also wear it to work and easily transition into a cute date night, happy hour or going out look!

2. Steve Madden Trench CoatShopGoodWill  Won Bid at $16.00 + $11.53 S&H = $27.53 The PRICE TAGS from T.J.Maxx were still on this item at a cost of $59.99, so I still paid half of the cost for the trench (even at a discount store) with S&H, so I feel okay even though I wouldn’t normally pay $11.53 for S&H

3. Midi Strap Dress in Orange Red – Asos $21.91 On Sale + Free S&H = $21.91

4. Schutz Gilberta Black HeelsShopGoodWill Won Bid at $9.00 + $11.50 S&H = $21.50 I paid a little more for S&H, but I don’t mind because when I saw these on ShopGoodwill, I knew I had to have them! They were the perfect basic pair of black pumps and when I looked up the cost of Schutz Gilberta heels, they normally run for $160 a pair. So I’d say I got another great deal! See how I wore them recently here.

5. Copacabana HeelsJustFab $39.95 + Free S&H = $39.95 I have been dying to get a pair of strappy sandals like this, but resisted for awhile. Then I saw these in mint, and had to make them mine.

6. Whitney Floral Heels ShoeDazzle $22.57 – $9.95 for VIP members + Free S&H = $15.82 These babies were on my Spring Wishlist. So I am pretty pumped about finally having a pair of fun, colorful floral heels!

7. Leaf Floral Print BlazerLulu’s $3.00! I won the Word Wednesday daily contest on Lulu’s Facebook (they have really easy daily contests, like their page to enter these contests) and was credited $50 to my account. $46 + $7 S&H = $53 – $50 in Account Credit = $3.00

TOTAL: $139.46

So I was $39.46 over my budget. Not the best, but not bad either. I got two of my closet needs, a trench coat and black heels, so I am feeling good about that. I have also been wanting to add more colorful/patterned blazers to my collection, so I was so excited when I won $50 in store credit to Lulu’s and found this beautiful floral blazer for under $46. Also, I wanted to challenge myself to spend less than $100 a month. It’s not that it doesn’t fit into my overall budget, I just have so much already, it just doesn’t make sense to keep adding and adding things I want. So for the new dress, one shouldered top and two pairs of heels, I am excited to have these things but they weren’t needed. I guess I don’t feel bad about my overspending in clothing this month just because I’m still meeting my other budgeting goals. But again, next month I’m challenging myself to $100. I have a lot of weddings coming up and those are going to get expensive, so the less I spend on clothes/shoes, the better!

***I got two new pairs of jeans, a blouse and blazer from the Easter Bunny (aka my Mom) at the end of March. I don’t normally include gifted items from friends, family, boyfriend in these posts. Do you? Should I? I just everyone to know that I am being completely honest with my budget and include ALL of my purchases in this monthly roundup!

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashleigh
    April 28, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I think you did great! I want to have you take my budget and wants list and go shopping for me, you find such good deals!

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      Rachel
      April 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Ashleight, I HONESTLY WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT! Haha, it would help me feel like I’m shopping even more which means I get that shopping high without spending my own money 😉 Just let me know if you ever want me to keep a look out for anything!

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        ashleigh
        April 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        I totally should. I get bored/frustrated easily (adhd) which is why I love the instant gratification of thrifting. A personal deal shopper would be heaven!

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    Fierce & Fashionable
    April 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Rachel, you are the budget queen! I am SO terrible, I just buy things when I like them and pay little attention to how much I spend on clothes for a month.. you’ve inspired me!! So for May I will do the same and see how much I truly spend! :) This could get scary, hahahaha. Thanks lady!

    Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

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    Franziska
    April 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I don’t think you have to include gifts in your budget! You didn’t spend the money, so its freeeeeeeeeee :)

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      Rachel
      April 28, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Okay good! I didn’t really feel guilty not sharing it. But I was just curious what others thought!

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    Kirsty
    April 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    What great shopping, very impressive and great buys.
    I love that the blazer worked out at $3!! It’s beautiful as well.
    x Kirsty
    http://geelongfashionista.wordpress.com

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    Sue
    April 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    You did pretty great, I think! Those shoes all look super cute, as does the printed blazer. I don’t think including gifts makes sense, personally, because while it’s cool to see them, they don’t effect what you’ve spent (they might mean you don’t need to buy something else, but they don’t really cause you to spend money to acquire them, so).

    xo
    Sue

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    Imogen
    April 29, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    I love the florals the most, they are so pretty.

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    Julie, from prosecco to plaid
    April 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Love #5! Great roundup! xo, Julie

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    Ashley
    April 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Um, I’m super jealous that you won that blazer – I literally just went and “liked” LuLu’s – fingers crossed!

    I think you should totally share what you got as gifts – I would love to see those items as well. Obviously, you don’t have to include them in your budget (just state that they were gifts), but it would be fun to see the clothes!

    Can’t wait to see how you style that blazer!

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      Rachel
      April 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      I know, I got so lucky that I won a gift card! I’m pretty sure hundreds of people enter those every day, but hey I got a super cute blazer out of it! Also, thanks for your feedback! I think that’s a good idea. Just to show what I got and how I will incorporate it into my wardrobe!

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    stylishbynature
    April 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Loving floral heels and blazer !!

    ❤ StylishByNature.com

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    amy
    April 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    amazing deals, I need you to come shopping with me!
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    kimmie
    April 29, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Super cute finds this month! Now I’m going to have to go Like Lulu’s because i want to win free money too, haha!

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      Rachel
      April 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Haha, RIGHT?! Free money is the best! :)

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    Amy
    April 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Oh my gosh, you are a budget queen, way to go!! I love the sandal with the mint & that floral blazer! Can’t wait to see you in them.
    xoAmy
    http://www.dreamingincashmere.com

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    Maya
    April 29, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Those leggings are fabulous! Anything with zippers is a win in my book :) Chic and bold as usual :)

    xx ,
    Maya

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    Marta
    April 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    You did good Rachel! Thanks for introducing me to a couple new online places to shop btw – danger! haha. I love that blazer & dress. Great pieces.

    xoxo,
    Marta
    mbrauns.weebly.com/fashion

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    Amy Parker Blake
    April 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    We bought two of the same shoes this month! I snagged copa and whitney too. Couldn't resist.

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    Diana Marks
    April 30, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    amazing selection

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    AJ
    May 1, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Wow, all that for under $150?! Great buys! I want those strappy sandals, they are gorgeous! And the blazer is so fun. And I wouldn’t add gifted items into the budget, but you can include them in posts if you want to highlight them.

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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    the clothing menu
    May 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    $3!! You did a great job finding deals online – I love that! The one shoulder top is my fav.

    Kristen

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