Woah. So remember how I way underspent last month? Ummmm, that wasn't the case for February. In fact, I was over budget by about day four. The struggle is real, people.
The real issue wasn't how much I was shopping because I probably bought the same amount of stuff as I do in an average month. The issue was that I liked just about everything! And let me tell you, I've been looking for a pair of OTK boots and comfortable everyday flats for so long that when I found the perfect pairs, you'd better believe I kept them, no matter the cost.
The other issue? I knew my birthday was coming up, so I kept thinking, "Oh, but this could be a birthday present!" Which is fair, a couple of things did end up being birthday presents (I'm using the phrase "used giftcard" for these but really I used some b-day cash ;). But it doesn't give me carte blanche to shop shop shop. Like I clearly did. So here's the damage for February:
Vineyard Vines Neon Tunic - originally $128, on sale $58.09, used giftcard $0. I went back and forth on buying this, and then it went on sale and I just couldn't help myself. It is super cute in person, I love that it will be fun for vacation but still can be worn to work.
Sugarfix by BaubleBar Beaded Tassel Earrings - $12.99. This whole line is so cute I had to stop myself from buying everything. Thanks Target!
ASTR Chloe Off the Shoulder Minidress - $112. As you may have seen yesterday, I love love love this dress. It's also available here and here.
Banana Republic Scalloped Flats - originally $98, on sale and used credits $48.80. These are literally the comfiest flats I've ever worn. Not great if you're looking for a lot of support but I've walked literally miles in them without an issue. I'm considering them in black!
Banana Republic Flutter-Sleeve V-Back Top - originally $78, on sale $46.80. I lost this for about a week so I haven't worn it yet, but now that I found it I'm definitely going to bust it out! The cut is so so pretty (see it here).
LOFT Lacy Split Neck Blouse - originally $59.50, on sale $20. I initially passed on this but ended up snagging it when it went on clearance. It's sold out now, but this is a super pretty similar blouse that I'm hoping will stop being backordered soon!!
Felicity & Coco Bell Sleeve Shift Dress - originally $118, on sale $70.80. I seriously stalked this because it kept coming in and out of stock and I love it (seen here). This is also sold out now, but here's another similar dress I have my eye on!
Kaitlyn Pan Over the Knee Boots - originally $149.99, on sale $99.99. You guys, these are the PERFECT Stuart Weitzman dupes!! They're super stretchy, they stay up, and they're comfortable. Mine are a little slippery on the insole, so I've been wearing them with my sticky socks from barre class, but besides that they're perfect!
LOFT Striped Lace-up Back Sweater - originally $69.50, on sale $41.70. I almost decided to send this back because it's super cropped, but then I tried it on with mid-rise jeans and it totally works (seen here). That being said, I have a short torso, so this may not be for you if you have a long torso.
Vineyard Vines Solid Embroidered Tassel Coverup - $128, used giftcard $0. I've had this on my wishlist for months, and it's somehow even prettier in person! It's definitely making a splash in Thailand.
Sondra Roberts Striped Ball Fringe Tote & Wristlet - $88, used giftcard $0. I was going back and forth on whether or not I needed this tote, but I had a feeling it was going to sell out quickly so I decided to go for it, and that I could always return it if I needed to. Well, joke's on me because I lost the receipt! It's super cute in person though so I'm pretty happy that I have to keep it haha. I'm planning on this being my carry-on for trip to Asia! It's sold out, but here's another beachy tote I love.
LOFT Ruffle Cuff Top - originally $44.50, on sale $26.70. This tee is so fun, I've been wearing it weekly (like here and here). I'm definitely contemplating another color!
Total Spent: $479.78
Total Saved: $332.61
Oh my gosh looking at that number doesn't make me feel good. It's actually the most I've spent in a month since I started budgeting besides one September when I got really excited about fall clothes. I know that in March I'm going to be doing more shopping for our trip, but I'm hoping to be under budget for March and April because I'll be traveling for a good chunk of them. For me the monthly number isn't such a big deal as long as I end up balancing things out with an under budget month. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself ;)
So tell me, did you budget this month? How did you do?
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