Sarah's Real Life
01. 28. 2016
January Budget Breakdown

Row 1: Coat (on sale) // Jacket (on sale) // Shirt (on sale)

Row 2: Pumps (on sale) // Bag (on sale) // Flats (on sale)

Row 3: Shirt (on sale) // Scarf (on sale) // Sweater

Row 4: Pants // Sweater // Shirt (on sale)

Row 5: Ring // Sweater // Hat // Shoes (on sale) {all purchased with gift card c/o Shopbop}

Happy New Year! Can you believe this is my third “Budget Bloggers: January” post?! I’ve been structuring these posts the same way for 2 years now, and I’m going to try something new this year. Feedback is welcome. I’m going to put the links at the top so you shopaholics can do your thing and ignore everything I have to say if you want. Just know that I plan to say lots of interesting things. Like, I’m going to try to talk more about why I decided to buy what I bought and spend what I spent. So here goes.

January’s Budget: $634

($100 starting budget + $181 not spent last month + $97 selling old clothes + $256 blog income)

This month I decided to cut down my normal starting budget by $50. And look, I still came out ahead. Yay me.

January’s Spending: $588

The only thing I paid full price for was a pair of sunglasses from SEE (not pictured above because they’re not sold online, but you can see them on me here.) They were $106, so they were actually my biggest single purchase of the month. I didn’t mind spending a nice chunk of money on them because I love the people at my local SEE store, and their frames are made in limited quantities, which means I know I’m buying something that I won’t see a million other people wearing. Now if only January weren’t so cloudy…

As usual, I spent most of my budget on lots of goodies from Ann Taylor and Loft (I especially love the bedazzled kitten heels and faux fur scarf). Sure, there were some quasi-impulse buys, but thanks to my sales stalking and coupon hoarding, I got great deals on everything! The coated jeans don’t look quite as coated as I thought they would, but they’re still black pants, and you can never have too many pairs of black pants.

Yes, you counted right; I got three button-up shirts this month. I noticed I had been gravitating toward the button-up shirt and sweater or jacket combo lately, so I decided to stock up on more options. They were all on super sale at J. Crew Factory.

Obviously, I have to comment on the leopard coat. I’ve been wanting a coat like this since last winter, and I want it to be fabulous but not tacky or cheap looking. I ordered this one last week and it still hasn’t come in the mail yet. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I’ll report back next month.

I also saved up my credits from Shopbop (a sponsor of this bloggity blog) and got a couple fun things, like these Kate Spade leopard sneakers! Admittedly, this is not a purchase I would have made with my own money (they’re not cheap and I don’t wear sneakers often), but I totally and completely love them.

Linking up with Franish’s Budgeting Bloggers

8 responses to “Budgeting Bloggers: January”

  1. JE says:

    I’m obsessed with that leopard coat. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts when it arrives!

  2. yettie says:

    LOL at the leopard sneakers. It’s one of those things you keep for years but only wear a couple of times each year.

    I sorta went the same direction this January except my loafers were patent red 🙂

  3. I keep seeing leopard print coats at a local vintage market but haven’t pulled the trigger quite yet.

    As for leopard prints sneaks, there was a pair of Superga ones last year that I wanted SO BADLY but everywhere was sold out of my size. These Kate Spade ones would be a nice addition to my own wardrobe!

  4. Jess says:

    I absolutely love the pattern/color of that purple floral button-down! I’m kind of scared of all-over prints, but that one is gorgeous! You got some great stuff this month!

  5. I looove that leopard coat! I’ve seen them around and thing they look so great if you have the right style. I don’t feel ‘cool’ enough to wear one though! Ha! And I really love that tote too. I love the corner zipper look.

  6. Janine says:

    Budgeting Bloggers posts are some of my favourite to read! I absolutely love those coated jeans!

  7. Jessica says:

    I love the purchases in the top row, especially that leopard coat. I’m sure it won’t look tacky if you style it the right way.