January Budget

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I can tell you right now I had quite the successful month! I set my budget at $200 (which is a little higher than I want to go the rest of the year, but it is also birthday month, so it was okay in my mind). I ended up spending LESS than my budget! (Patting myself on the back because I NEVER do that!)  For $139.03 I got two new scarves, two new blouses, a dress, a faux fur embellished vest, a pair of glitter strapped heels and a new workout outfit! Also, after laying out all of my purchases together I don’t think I was over Christmas and New Years (hence all the green & red and glitter shoes).
Red Blouse, Apple Branches Vintage (Etsy Store) $5.00 + $4.50 S&H = $9.50
Sheer Purple Dot Blouse, Apple Branches Vintage (Etsy Store) $5.00 + $4.50 S&H = $9.50
Green Dress, Land’s End $25.94 (including S&H) Available here
Faux Fur Vest, ShopGoodwill $21.54 (including S&H) Bid on others here
Plaid & Infinity Scarf, Abercrombie & Fitch $26.80 – $6.80 + $5.00 S&H (using RetailMeNot code 15244 for 25% and $5 S&H) = $25.10 Plaid Scarf Available here (Infinity Scarf Sold Out)
Glitter Heels, DSW final clearance $9.99 Available here (I am a little confused because I bought this exact pair in stores for $9.99 but online they are still $29.94– I would check in stores if you are interested in this pair of heels!)
Not Pictured: pv.body new workout gear (top and cropped bottoms) I started a monthly subscription (similar to JustFab, ShoeDazzle, JewelMint, etc. only for workout clothing) as a way to get myself motivated to keep working out. Plus my workout clothing needs a major update! Your first month you can get a 25% discount, so this month’s was: $37.46
Total: $139.03
UPDATE! So I couldn’t resist getting a new dress for my 25th birthday, but wrote and had this post scheduled a few days before (so I could enjoy my birthday weekend without worrying about getting blog stuffs done). Anyway, I found a long sequin dress at Forever21 for $18! It was a steal… so updated budget at $157.03. Still under budget, which makes me happy!
How did you do on your budget this month (if you have one) or what new fun pieces did you get this month?!
Linking up to Budgeting Bloggers over at Franish! Join the fun!
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    Rachel
    January 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Wow those blouses are SO affordable, I need to check that Etsy shop out!

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    Franziska
    January 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    You got so many great pieces – and second hand means they are that much more unique. Are you going to add the left over to next months budget or just save that money for a rainy day?

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      Rachel
      January 27, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Thanks! I was pretty happy with what I got! I think I’m going to put it in my savings account :) This year I am keeping on track and building my savings… baby steps though :)

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    Fierce & Fashionable
    January 27, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    OH MY GOSH, I cannot believe how cheap those blouses are. Checking them out on Etsy now! Thanks for the amazing deal alert :)

    xx Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

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    Ani
    January 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Wow those items were all so affordable and look more expensive then they were. Cant wait how you look in the green dress Rachel :-)

    http://www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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    AJ
    January 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Glitter heels for $10?! WOW!!! You rock, girly! Love both of the scarves too.

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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    thehautecookie
    January 27, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    wow so pretty! xO!
    http://www.thehautecookie.com

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    Ashleigh
    January 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    I map my expenses out by the week because I get paid weekly, so I do a small weekly budget. Then I get a little something every week and do not have a huge let-down feeling from not being able to buy anything.
    I can’t wait to see how you style these up!

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    Bethie the Boo
    January 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Way to go at coming in under your budget!! I did too – because somehow I did zero shopping in January…how is that possible?? LOL.

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    Alyssa
    January 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I’m seriously impressed–you got so many great things without spending a lot. I’m loving the color of that green knit scarf!

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    Rachel
    January 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Love the scarfs! Can’t wait to see how you style them! xx

    http://www.rachelsfashionpatch.blogspot.com

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    Rachelle
    January 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Everything is so cute, good buys and great price.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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    Rachel
    January 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    What great deals! I had never heard of pv.body, but I am sooo excited about it now. I need cute work out clothes to motivate me to run. Thanks!

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      Rachel
      January 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      You’re welcome! I am going to be doing a video review on it too! I loved my first box :)

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    Diana Marks
    January 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    love your purchases! Have a great week!
    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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    bravoerunway
    January 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    You did great! All this for under $200! I am very impressed and happy belated birthday! I cannot believe I am 7 years older than you!

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    Grace @ Wrinkled Chiffon
    January 29, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Wow, what great new purchases…I can’t wait to see how you style them. Happy belated birthday by the way…and 25 is definitely not old! 😉
    So did you ever go to Stylish Mode to grab your giveaway headband? I would love to see what you choose?!
    Have a great day!

    xo Grace
    http://www.wrinkledchiffon.com

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    Grace @ Wrinkled Chiffon
    January 29, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    I meant chose! haha

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    Anna
    January 29, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    oh my goodness, can’t wait to see you rock all of these. Adore this post, love. If you get a sec, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest post. xo

    http://www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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    laura @ twelve by six
    January 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Nice job staying so much under budget, especially during your birthday month – that’s tough!! I love the green plaid scarf! :)

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    Ana
    January 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    You did a great job on your budget. I cheated, because I knew I was going to join the budgeting bloggers so I spend all my money in December. :/
    I love, Love, LOVE your glitter shoes and I can’t believe they were only $9.99! I wish I could justify glitter heels to my husband, but they are NOT on my list right now!

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