Sarah's Real Life
02. 29. 2016

 

February Budget Breakdown

Row 1:  Dress // Flats // Sweater

Row 2:  Pumps // Rings // Boots (on sale)

Row 3:  Shirt // Dress (on sale) // Pants (on sale)

Row 4:  Dress (on sale) // Mary Janes (on sale) // Shirt

Row 5:  Flats (c/o Rockport) // Clutch

February’s Budget: $706

($150 starting budget + $46 not spent last month + $510 blog income)

February’s Spending: $710

Only $4 over. In the grand scheme of life, I’m going to call this right on target. 😉

This month was a tale of two shoppers. One shopper is an impulse buyer, and one is a careful planner. But both are me. I’m just every kind of shopper.

I got sucked in to the latest Target designer collab, but I’m happy with what I picked out – I’ve already worn this super lightweight cotton sweater twice (seen on the blog here), and I carried this colorblock clutch for a second time just yesterday. The gold Gemma flats from J. Crew were another impulse buy, but I already have the same ones in red so I knew I would love them.

On the other hand, I had been eyeing this gorgeous red-orange lace dress for several weeks and waited for it to go on sale because it was on the pricier side originally. I wore it this month it to brighten up a cold, snowy day (here), but I also think it will look great with a white button-up underneath for early spring, and then on its own in the summer. I also sale-stalked these suede Mary Jane platforms for awhile and snatched them up as soon as the price dropped below $100. Whenever I can’t get something out of my head, it’s usually a good sign to me that it’s worth buying. Not that I really need that many signs, but still.

I just ordered the red floral dress (top left) and the floral/striped tee a few days ago and they haven’t arrived yet. But I have high hopes because I love everything else I’ve ever gotten from Boden.

The only items I paid full price for this month were from Target, and those were all under $25. I definitely did a good job of tracking sales and using my coupon codes wisely! I already have a few things on my wishlist for March (like this perfect trench coat), and I’m just waiting for the right moment to pounce. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, be sure to check out the other Budgeting Bloggers who link up with Franish!

4 responses to “Budgeting Bloggers: February”

  1. Idalia Gregory says:

    I purchased the Loft dress when it went on sale just like I said I would and have worn it twice ( once to Girls Night Out and a second time to church) styled the way you did, thanks for the idea. I live is Southern Cali and it is already very warm here, low 80s here ( I know, poor us) so it will have to be worn now with spring sandals or heels.

    • Sarah H. says:

      Who knew this Midwesterner could inspire a west coaster’s wardrobe! :) Glad to help. I’m looking forward to wearing the dress again when it’s warmer.

  2. Yettie says:

    That Boden tunic dress was the first item to catch my eye. I love what Boden does with tunics and can’t wait to buy some soon.

  3. Cassie says:

    That red lace sheath dress is absolutely gorgeous!