Wow. I really outdid myself this month. But with all the pretty spring things in stores (and better yet, on sale), how could I resist? Well, I suppose I could resist if I wanted to. But I didn’t want to. Reason #387 being childless is the best: more disposable income.
Speaking of income, I found out the hard way this year that I should really be setting aside a portion of my blogging bucks each month to account for taxes. Turns out once you’re no longer a student, Uncle Sam doesn’t refund everything anymore. So starting this month, I’m only counting 75% of my blogging income toward my shopping budget. #adulting #responsibilityislame
($150 starting budget – $52 overspent last month + $837 blogging income + $85 selling old clothes)
If you’re new here, this is way more than usual, don’t worry! A lot of opportunities happened to align this month so I had a windfall. I like to think I put it to good use.
With a budget this big, it would have been embarrassing if I went over, wouldn’t it?
As you can see, I got some amazing dresses and skirts in pretty colors and patterns. Most of them are from Ann Taylor, who had some killer sales this month. When global warming rears its ugly head this summer, I’m going to be glad I have these. Speaking of summer, I’m kind of obsessed with my Popsicle-print scarf and straw rancher hat! Will I wear them a lot? No, probably not, but I didn’t spend very much on them either.
The most practical thing I bought this month was probably the mini wallet. I’ve been getting smaller bags recently, so I need a smaller wallet to go in them! I’ve been using a $6 one from Target for months and let’s just say you get what you pay for. I have a feeling this one will last a lot longer.
There are a few things I purchased that aren’t pictured above, including a Kate Spade bag I snagged at Nordstrom Rack (but I can’t find it for sale anywhere online). I also got a couple more versatile and less eye-catching items from Loft like a cream short-sleeve cardigan and a pair of cropped trouser jeans.
Head to Franish to see how the rest of the Budgeting Bloggers made out this month!