August Budget

- Fashion, Shopping

august budget

1. Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack, Frenchi $9.97

2. Striped Cardigan – Nordstrom Rack, Abound $24.97

3. Faux Fur Trim Poncho – Nordstrom Rack, Cakes & Roses $36.97

4. Reversible Poncho – Nordstrom Rack $14.97

Total: $102.78

This month I was really excited about the cardigans at Nordstrom Rack, but then went back to check out the ponchos. I saw this faux fur trim poncho (also comes in a brown color) the first time I made an order on Nordstrom Rack this month, and had to go back to get it. I couldn’t remember the exact brand, so I searched all ponchos, which is how I ended up with a second poncho. I couldn’t say not for $14.97! These pieces will be great for fall and winter, especially now working in a casual work environment.

I’m not going to lie, ponchos might be my problem child this fall and winters, as I also have my eye on this one and this too. I am fairly happy with the amount I spent this month, but still feel like I have no closet game plan. I swear I’ve been saying this for the last three years (probably because I have), but I need to have more of a plan when it comes to shopping. While I did need cardigans to help mix up and diversify my work wardrobe, I certainly didn’t need two ponchos (although they are pretty, right)? I want to be able to fund purchases I actually want, and will actually use for years to come. I’m adjusting my budget overall and going to start automatically placing money in different savings accounts. I have a separate savings for travel and for a future house down payment, but I think it is time to open one where I can place blog money, PoshMark earnings, and just a little bit from each paycheck and actually buy more of what I want. I’m definitely feeling better about my closet and what’s in it (significantly reduced since this incident), but still have a lot of work to make it what I want it to be!

On that note, we are officially moving again (third year in a row – YAY) but for real yay. I hate moving, but this will be worth it and this should be the last move before something more “permanent”- and perhaps it will give me yet another opportunity to donate some of the items that haven’t had any love since the last move.

How did you do this month? Did you find any must-haves for the upcoming fall and winter seasons?

See last month’s budget post here.

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    August 28, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Love these! I love #4 the best and I can’t believe it is only 14.95!!

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    sherry @ save. spend. splurge.
    August 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    I love that reversible poncho with the stripes. Would it also be good as a blanket scarf?

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      August 28, 2015 at 8:04 AM

      YES! I think it would, thanks for the pointing that out 🙂 It hasn’t arrived in the mail yet, but I’m excited to see all the ways I can wear it now!

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    Amy Ann
    August 28, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Love what you got and can’t wait to see you rock those ponchos. So perfect for fall!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    August 28, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    I love ponchos! It’s one of those looks that I can’t carry off, but I love them on other people. Can’t wait to see how you style them. 🙂


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    Sara Oss
    August 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Good luck moving! My family jokes it’s one of my favorite hobbies, which is not completely inaccurate. I like the ponchos but i’m so not ready to think about cooler weather yet!

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      August 28, 2015 at 10:05 AM

      Definitely understandable – my ideal weather is between 55 – 75, but I saw a tree where the leaves were changing orange yesterday and I said STOP out loud. NOT READY. It’s not September, not ready to go to winter quite yet 😉

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    August 28, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    LOVE that poncho at #4! I have the urge to pair it with some heeled boots. I haven’t done a lot in terms of fall specific purchasing yet, I think that’ll probably happen during September.

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    Gina @ On the Daily Express
    August 28, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Eek!! A striped cardigan is on my wishlist, but I haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for yet. I will have to check out the one you posted.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

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    August 28, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    love the stripe cardigan you got. Good Luck with the move. Have a great weekend

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    Carlos Federico
    August 28, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Hello Rachel, how are you!
    I included you in my last post…
    I hope to continue working with you and hope you like…
    Thanks in advance.

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    August 29, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Love both of those ponchos! Can’t wait to see how you style them! Good luck with the move!

    Doused In Pink

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    Sarah Christensen
    September 1, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    I was just in Nordstrom Rack and they had the best pancho's in the store! I'm pretty sure that sweaters and pancho's are going to be my 'go to look' this fall – I'm all about warm items! Great choices girl! 🙂

    xo, Sarah

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