Friday, January 30, 2015

January Budget

And welcome to another budget post! I can't believe it's already time to do this again, I feel like I just wrote my budget recaps for 2014.

This month I feel like I didn't do so good on the practicality scale. Those jeans (yes, I kept them) were totally necessary, but everything else? I did not need another pair of boots, but got drawn in by the end of year sales. And the blanket scarf is fun, but not really that practical. I also got a tinge excited because Jeff and I finally started really planning our honeymoon instead of just talking about it, which somehow equated to me buying three summer dresses in the dead of winter. So here you have it folks, basically a whole month-long fail. 

You may remember me talking about buying myself a little present with some of my Christmas money - I actually did buy this gorgeous Kate Spade bag, and while I absolutely love it, I think it has to go back. The construction of the bottom isn't really strong enough (they went cutsey and made it the shape of a bow instead of a rectangle) which means when I put anything heavier than my chapstick in it, the sides collapse inwards. I can tell that in a couple of months it's going to look terrible (especially because I was planning on toting my iPad mini around in it). 

Here's the damage for January:

Tart Dress - originally $176, on sale $59.99
Madewell Jeans - $128
Sheinside Scarf - originally $27.78, on sale $16.67
Stella & Dot Bracelet - originally $49.99, on sale $24.99, used Dot Dollars $0
Sheinside Dress - originally $19.67, on sale $14.75
Sole Society Boots - originally $149.95, on sale $74.98
Sheinside Dress - originally $35.58, on sale $14.99

Total Spent: $309.38
Total Saved: $277.59

As far as next month, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, besides a different bag since the Kate Spade didn't work out. There's not a whole lot that I need, although I have been getting that pesky feeling recently of having a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear. #struggs

How did your budgeting go for January?

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  1. You can never go wrong with Madewell jeans, they're well made and fit great!


  2. I think it's totally fine your budget was full of fun things this month. January is dreary for us Midwest gals! Also, are Madewell jeans worth the splurge?

    xo, Maddy

  3. Oooh I would have been tempted by all these pretty things too! My husband and I are still only "just talking" about our honeymoon when we really should be planning it by now!

  4. I wouldn't say that it was a totally impractical month, but that could be because I'm in the process of looking for honeymoon dresses in the middle of winter as well (loving that maxi!) I spent considerably less than what I budgeted, but it worked for me because I was way more consumed with wedding stuff. Happy planning!

  5. Well.... even though it wasn't exactly a "cheap" month, it does look like you saved a lot AND got some really great pieces to add to your wardrobe :)


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