Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Budget

Welp.  This really shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone (especially me) since September is usually a busy shopping month, but I went a wee bit over budget this month.  What really did me in was getting this new job, and then remembering that all of my flats were falling apart.  While I had been wearing Payless flats for the past couple of years, I really wanted to upgrade.  So when I saw that Kaitlin had scored some adorable Tory Burch flats at Nordstrom Rack, I had to go on the hunt myself.  And naturally, not only found and bought a Tory Burch pair, but also threw in another comfy find, because, well, I got a little excited.

Here's the damage for September:

Loft Button Back Sweater - originally $44.50, on sale $22.25.  Already worn here.
Loft Super Skinny Jeans - originally $69.50, on sale $41.70.  I have been a real Gap jeans girl for the past couple of years, but when I tried to re-purchase my favorites the fit was different and the knees were really baggy.  Decided to give Loft a try instead and they are perfection!
Vince Camuto Elisee Flats - originally $98, on sale $59.97.
Target Pleated Circle Skirt - $22.99.  Already worn here.
Sole Society Gayle Heels - originally $74.95, on sale $22.49.  Already worn here.
Gap Outlet Boyfriend Cardigan (in gray - similar) - originally $40, on sale $20.
Gap Outlet Boyfriend Cardigan (in blue - similar) - originally $40, on sale $20.
Old Navy Quilted Vest - originally $34.94, on sale $19.46.  This is a near perfect dupe of JCrew Factory's solid vests, just sixty dollars less.  I usually get larges from ON for outerwear, and had to size way down to a small tall for this.
Loft Colorblock Tunic Sweater - originally $59.50, on sale $35.70.
Loft Jeweled Oxford - originally $59.50, on sale $35.70.  This still may go back, it's just a little too big. I would just exchange it in stores, but I need a tall.
Tory Burch Flats - originally $225, on sale $159.97.  My huge splurge for the month, but I love them!
JCrew Popover - originally $64.50, on sale $32.25.  This was to replace the same shirt that's now too big.

Total Spent: $492.48
Total Saved: $340.90

So, you know, just two hundred dollars over budget.  September is traditionally a high spend month for me, and October is usually low (last year I did a shopping ban for the month of October and only cheated once!) so hopefully I can get back on track.  We're now in the fourth quarter of the year, so here's a recap of how I'm doing budget-wise so far:

September - $492.48
August - $289.18
July - $273.81
June - $256.12
May - $266.42
April - $270.70
March - $281.80
February - $263.22
January - $431.92

Total budget so far: $2,700
Total spent so far: $2,825.65

That's a whole lot of dollars.  How did you do on your budget for September?

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  1. You found some gorgeous things for such an amazing price!!! I love that jeweled shirt and those Tory flats!


  2. LOVE these purchases!

  3. So glad you were able to find some Tory Burch flats at your Nordstrom Rack! I think they're TOTALLY worth the money- especially when you find them for almost $100 less! As you already know, I went just a tad over budget last month as well... Hopefully I'm similar to you and don't spend quite as much in October! You got some fantastic pieces though so no regrets!!


  4. girl! you did work. I did well by being under budget, but I'm totally nixing my October budget + only spending gift cards + money I made from selling clothes. This girl is in her final semester of college + a bit broke. hehe

    xo, Maddy

  5. I definitely like a lot of the things you found, Kristina...especially the vest, jeans, and two-tone flats!! I need new jeans so badly - I wonder if Loft's jeans would work for me!!