Pinkblush Burgundy Scarf and White/Gray Scarf (not pictured): $5 (originally $15 and $18, but also 25% off and a $25 gift card from a Peaches In A Pod giveaway – so basically I just paid shipping!)
The two scarves come at a strange time. I love the burgundy (with some gold threads) for fall (Christmas), while the white/gray scarf is almost all white, which will be great for late spring. But since it is currently 17º F, it’s blanket scarves for now….
Total PAID: $49.00 ($185 minus $25 in giftcards and $111 in savings)
This was a good month – I capitalized on a number of sales in order to get a few things that are practical (tights and tank), trendy (earrings), and good for work (dress). Style success!
I also managed to find some incredible deals and not overspend. Financial success!
Linking up with Franish and the budgeting bloggers! Come see how everyone else navigated the new year sales!
ETA: 250th post! Whoot whoot!
NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in Lady Fingers (full size, $3.99) ★★
This could have been really nice – it’s a nice moisturizing balm with just a little color, but I did not like the Lady Fingers bright pink color. Perhaps one of the nude or burgundy colors would be better suited for me…
Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry (tiny travel size, $3.50) ★
I don’t know whether I am being too stingy with the product – or if travel and cold and foreign hairdryers are messing with me – but I don’t really see any difference when I use this.
CAILYN Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid (half size, $6.00) ★★
Pretty color, but very similar to the peachy eyeshadow from a few months ago – plus the packaging is not travel-friendly and has an included brush (like nail polish). I don’t use brushes, so I’m not such a fan of that aspect, but if you like brushes…?
tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara (full? size, $10.00) ★★
Meh, didn’t even try. Plus, it’s SUPER tiny, but seems to be the same weight as the version for sale from ulta. Would be good for traveling. I just don’t really need mascara, especially since I have recently found a new favorite: Rimmel’s Scandal Eyes Rockin Curve Mascara ★★★★! The brush is super strangely curved, but the formula is great: not too clumpy, lengthening, thickening, and easy to wash off. Love.
Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush (listed as $17.50, but sold for $6.99) ★
Don’t use. Could be nice?
Ispy Total Cost: about $30.48 + the bag (It weirdly matches my Dooney and Burke purse – black with a pinkish inside! Seriously, the bags are the best part – I can’t get enough!)
Ipsy Total Value (things I actually use and like!): $3.50.
My least successful month. But I still love getting it in the mail. It gives me something to look forward to and it is helping me control my spending on beauty products. No nail polish bought since July. JULY! I did buy a new bottle of tinted face moisturizer (Aveeno, of course) when I ran out a few weeks ago, but that seems legit as it was a replacement, not an impulse purchase. So, ultimately, I think the Ipsy subscription is working even in month where the items are less successful….
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What have I bought this year?
April: $205 (plus birthday gifts)
July: $48 (plus some shopping with mom)
TOTAL: 34 clothes, 7 shoes, etc.
Other: 1 bag, 2 scarves, 3 earrings, 8 necklaces, sunglasses, 6 nail polishes
Ipsy: 5 months (added to budget totals)
TOTAL PAID OUT OF POCKET: $1,195.5
Holy Crap. That is a lot of stuff!
The good news? The averages aren’t too bad; Just less than $100 per month were spent on 2-3 clothes items. Plus, my nail polish obsession is getting better.
The bad news? That is a lot new stuff and a LOT of money. Crap. I’ve got to do better than this.
The other good news? I’ve definitely done better over the last few months than the first few month. I do a good job of shopping sales for staples (Sept and Dec, especially). There are a number of items that are core pieces in my wardrobe, like:
But there are some duds too:
The Last Good News: I feel like my style has really become more clear. I’m happy with my wardrobe and have virtually no true holes. Sure, I’ll continue to have wants each month, but maybe I can control my purchasing even more this year.
Will you track your yearly spending? What have you learned from being a budgeting blogger this year?