Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Budget

Every month I post about my clothing budget. My budget per month is $300, which to some may seem like a lot and to others a little, but feels just right for me. You can read my thoughts on my 2014 budget here

I knew it was coming. An overbudget month. That being said, I'm very pleased that I'm only a few dollars over budget and not, say, $200, because if I hadn't returned a number of things (including these faux leather pants, so sad they didn't work out!) I definitely would have been. 

Usually most of my purchases seem to be fairly practical, but in November there were a lot of impulse "but I love it!" purchases. Like these bow back heels from Ann Taylor. I saw them, I needed them, and into the shopping cart they went. Do I need another pair of black heels? Absolutely not. But, um, now I have them and they are so adorable.   

Weirdly, the more practical purchase was this fun lacy dress. I was looking at Rent the Runway for a wedding and a couple of parties coming up in December, but then I realized that there wouldn't be guest overlap at any of the events so why not buy something instead of paying to rent three different dresses? I actually already got some use out of it for a rehearsal dinner at our last wedding that turned out to have a fancier dress code than the groom originally told us (never listen to them when they say, "oh it'll be pretty casual"...) and it was so fun to wear thanks to the ruffled skirt. 

Anyway, here is the damage for November: 

Jessica Simpson Dress - originally $148, on sale $104.99 (I found it at a couple of stores on even better sale now!). 
Ann Taylor Heels - originally $148, on sale $88.80. These also come in red, which is so cute, but I already have a pair of red strappy suede heels that I never find a reason to wear. I thought I'd go with the black since they're more versatile. 
Hinge Striped Scarf - $48. Another item I just needed. I've gotten a lot of use out of it already though so it's one of those impulse purchases that worked out. 
J. Crew Factory Beaded Popover - originally $79.50, on sale $55.50, price adjusted to $38.29. I rarely think to ask for price adjustments, but in this case an even better sale came along less than 12 hours after I had placed an order at J. Crew Factory. I went online and live chatted their customer service to see if I could get the price adjusted, and bing bang boom they gave it to me. Never hurts to ask! 
J. Crew Factory Flannel Popover - originally $69.50, on sale $49.50, price adjusted to $34.15. You'd better believe I'll be wearing this all holiday season! 

Total Spent: $314.23
Total Saved: $178.77

So $14.23 over budget, but considering that last month I was $200 under budget I'm not feeling particularly bad about it. To finish out the year, in December I'm hoping to add some new denim and a pair of black flat ankle boots (maybe this pair!) to my (shiny new) closet. Oh, and depending what our NYE plans end up being, probably something covered in sequins ;)

Did you budget in November? How did you do?

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