You might think in a month I called “Frocktober” I would have bought some dresses. You might be wrong. The point of Frocktober was to remix the dresses I already had, and then spend too much money on other things. Duh.
($150 starting budget + $20 unspent in September + $132 blog income minus taxes + $139 selling old clothes)
So I went over. But it’s fall and all the pretty things are out and I’m just a human woman with no children and access to the Internet. I saved up my Shopbop credits (they’re a blog sponsor) and put them to good use during a big sale this month and got a gorgeous Rebecca Minkoff bag, suede pumps, and an insanely cozy jacket. I did spend some of my own money, but what would have been $500 normally I got for only $170.
I had an unspent J.Crew birthday gift card that I also used during a sale to get more bang for my buck (I had my eye on those cap-toe Gemma flats for weeks). And how about those cream Clarks oxfords?! Not a style of shoe I get that often, but they were too cute and comfy to pass up and were only half the normal price at Nordstrom Rack. Clearly it was a shoe month – I had to make up for the lack of shoes in September, obvs.
And…OK…I have to admit something. I cheated. I’m a cheater, cheater, pumpkin-pants-buying cheater. I bought 4 pairs of pants at Ann Taylor (2 of them pictured above) and decided not to include them in my budget. Why? Because I’m a big fat cheater. But also because I really do need more work pants for the cold-weather months and I always have so much trouble finding ones that fit well (again because of the whole being a human woman thing). I hit the jackpot at AT during a 50% off sale, so I just went for it even though I had already spent my budget for the month. I hope you’ll forgive me. It’s OK as long as I admit to it, right? Just say yes. Thanks.
Want to see some other budgeting bloggers who probably didn’t cheat? Head to Franish!