September 2014 Budget

- Fashion, Shopping


Oh and my August budget too because I completely forgot to do this/was in North Carolina at the time! Anyway, September was a huge thrifting month for me. I have been really editing my closet lately and had a lot of older work blouses, pants and skirts. I was literally down to one pencil skirt, one pair of pants and four work blouses.

I went thrifting with my mom when my parents came to visit last weekend, and we stopped by three of the local Goodwills. I hit the jackpot (or so I’d like to think)! Here is a recap of everything I found for work (sorry I don’t have pictures of any of these items yet):

    • 1 Apt. 9 Blouse
    • 2 Banana Republic Blouses
    • 1 Nine West Blouse
    • 1 Vintage Pussy-Bow Blouse
    • 1 Pair of Banana Republic Pants
    • 1 Pair of Express Pants
    • 1 J.Crew Sleeveless Blouse
    • 1 Ann Taylor Short-Sleeve Blouse
    • 1 White House/Black Market Tweed Pencil Skirt
    • 1 Talbots Tweed Pencil Skirt
    • 1 Calvin Klein Dress
    • 1 Pair Gap Skinny Jeans
    • 1 Unknown Brand Skinny Brown Belt

And the grand total was just slightly less than $100! Now I will mention what I’ve said before about thrifting… it is never my intention to just buy anything and everything when I’m thrifting (even though it is tempting). I abide by the same rules I set for myself when I shop online or at the mall… only buy it if I really love it and can already pair it with something in my closet or if I really need to replace something I recently got rid of or is wearing out. I was in desperate need of some new work clothes and basics at that, so to find all of these brands and paying prices at $8 or less, I am very happy with what I got!

Felt Fedora, Asos – $38.09 (Sold Out, Similar)

Knitted Turban, Asos – $5.71 (Mine is ivory)

Asos Total: $43.80 (Free Shipping)

Goodwill Total: ~ $100

September Total: $143.80


In September I was able to review this scarf and these heels from Sole Society. See the outfit post and more details here.

And back to August! I did not buy much because I was saving up for our trip to North Carolina, but I did buy a couple dresses while I was there and purchased the dress I wore to the wedding in August. I had a giftcard to Kohl’s that I also used to get the shoes and earrings.

karen kane dress

Dress, Karen Kane via Nordstrom (Similar here) – $88

Heels, Kohls (with Gift card)

Earrings, Kohls (with Gift card)

Maxi Dress and Blush Pink Dress from boutique in Charlotte, NC (not pictured) – $52

August Total: $140

In August I was also able to review this dress, bracelet and sunglasses from OASAP, you can see my outfit post and review here.

I haven’t really had a set budget for clothing each month over the past six months or so. I have really just been trying to cut back, but also don’t want to be hard on myself if I don’t always meet my budget. Clearly, sticking to the idea that I only want to buy things I need or will really use is helping me stay under $150, which is great! Also, sorry for the lack of visuals.. I was too lazy to take pictures of each and every item (I know I’m a bad blogger).

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    Gina @ On the Daily Express
    September 26, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Budget posts are so fun! I guess it’s the nosiness in me but it’s fun to see how other people spend their money and what you get for it. I hope we get to see some of your great thrifting deals in outfit posts to come!
    Gina – On the Daily Express

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      September 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I agree — it is super fun to see what others find and buy each month! I have found some super good deals through the other bloggers who link up in Budgeting Bloggers! AND YES! You sure will… just purchased everything last weekend, and I did wear quite a bit this week, but no outfit photos, not yet at least 🙂

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    September 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I love that fedora and you both look gorgeous!

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    September 26, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    You did awesome at staying within budget! Awesome thrifting scores!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

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    September 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    I love that turban + wool hat. They are both so cute!!!

    (IG: @TheStardustBohemian)

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    September 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    It does sound like you hit the jackpot! When I go to thrift stores I never seem to find anything for myself. I don’t get to go often because I would have to travel a couple of hours to do some good thrifting.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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    September 26, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    You both look wonderful and I love that black lace dress. I need to create a budget for myself as well, I feel like I have not been doing that.


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    September 27, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    nice items

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    A Bit of Style
    September 27, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    I love the fedora! I’m into hat these days!

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    Amy Fashion Blog
    September 27, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    you sure did find a lot of great items at goodwill. I really like the Knitted Turban.

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    September 27, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Love the pieces! 🙂

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    September 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Every month I say I’m going to set stricter goals, because you make it seem so easy. However, in Septemrber the only thing I’ve bought is two new pairs of shoes and a pair of bell bottoms, all with gift cards, so I don’t feel too salty this month!

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    September 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    *applauds on thrifting* <3

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    September 27, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Absolutely love that hat!
    xo, Jane

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    Katie Krenz
    September 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Holy crap! You found so many awesome things 🙂 Teach me!

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    September 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Sounds like you got some amazing things, I really love the shoes. It can definitely be fun to see what other bloggers buy throughout the month

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    September 28, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I’m so impressed with everything you thrifted! I want to get more into thrifting since there are so many goodies in Chicago 🙂 xx

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    September 29, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    You bought some gorgeous accessories last month. Rachel. Love them all especially the camel hat and herringbone pumps. I also love the dressy looks of you and your friend. Did you wear those to a wedding? Don’t you just love a Black Lace Dress?

    Happy Monday My Friend!

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    Jessica Trogstad
    September 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Love your herringbone heels! So cute!

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    Susan Jeffries
    September 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    I am so glad you stopped by my blog so I could find you today! I love following along with other bloggers’ budget posts! You really scored some great deals and I love the hats! I have to travel a bit to find a nice Goodwill, but I have been thrifting on line at ThreadUp. Thrifting is an art form;) Susan

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    September 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I need tips for thrifting for sure! I too have been trying to cut back, it is oh so hard… sigh.. being a fashion blogger LOL love the hat, I think we may have the same one!

    XO Chelsea

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