Budgeting Bloggers:: November Finals

Budgeting Bloggers is a linkup hosted by Fran of Franish where you recap what you purchased and spent in the past month in an effort to curate a functional closet!

With this budgeting bloggers post I get closer and closer to a year of doing this. Part of me wants to do a year round up and see how much I spent all year. The other part of me doesn’t want to see the number. Oy.

This month was a little strange. Though in the thick of my fall wardrobe, it got VERY cold towards the end of November and I veered off track just a little. I also had rewards and coupons from some retailers that were too good to not use. My hope was to shop less, but I think I shopped more since it was already so cool and I wanted to get a jump on my winter capsule. I also found a few classic additions and a wardrobe hole I had been shopping for. Here’s what I got::

budgeting bloggers november finals

1. and 2. Merino v-neck cardigan:: Orig $79.50, paid $17.99
3. Gold Star Ecru Shirt:: Orig $88, paid $10.19
4. Rib-stitch dolman sweater:: Orig $89.50, paid $25.50
5. Excursion vest in pinstripe:: Orig $138, paid $45
6. Quilted tweed vest:: Orig $39.94, paid $24.94
7.  Waist length wool blend coat:: Orig $59.94, paid $9.97
8. Enzo Angiolini black pump:: Orig $109.95, paid $21.99
9. Cole Haan Chelsea low pump:: Orig $298, paid $59.60
10. Sam Edelman Spye Belle (Clark’s dupe this year):: Orig $140, paid $54.97
11. Martina Canvas mini wedge:: Orig $98, paid $25.49

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12. Charm Tassel Necklace:: Orig $35, paid $7.64
13. Floral short sleeve dress:: Orig $29.94, paid $7.49
14. Knit, Pray, Love Infinity Scarf:: Paid $35
15. (r-ki-tekt) flexible headband:: Paid $12
16. Lou and Grey specklestripe Moto Jacket:: Orig $79.50, paid $29.99
17. Stripe knit pencil skirt:: Orig $49.95, paid $4.49
18. Slim cropped pant in burgundy:: Orig $54.95, paid $14.98

Total:: $425.22 (made $332 off sales)
Total saved off retail prices:: $1091.45

The collage makes it look like I brought home less than I really did. If you can’t tell, I was kind of lazy putting it together. I also got some handmade items from two shops that I highly recommend. Both Atlanta locals, I was very impressed with what I brought home from ICE. I wish the girls behind Knit, Pray, Love had a website because their infinity scarves are between $10 and $15 more than a mass produced counterpart, but INCREDIBLY well made. So soft too and not itchy at all. Numbers 3, 4, 13, 17, and 18 and the only items I bought that “break” the rules, since they aren’t outerwear, shoes, or off my wish list. I did save my coupons and rewards though. 
So! How did you do this past month?

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14 Comments

  1. Good price on the Enzo pumps 🙂 Mine are a little taller, but they're the most comfortable heels I own. I'm a bit over budget as well, but I'm happy with everything I brought home.

  2. Wow you got some really great deals this month. I keep track of my yearly total along with monthly totals all the time. It's the only way I can keep myself accountable. Did you do most of your purchases in store or online? The Lou & Grey jacket is my favorite purchases of yours this month. I love that line and wish it went on sale more often.

  3. Why, oh why, was I not fast enough to grab that vest?! I love it all, of course. Now tell me do I need these boots too? 🙂

  4. I need to start doing this! I got a lot of great Black Friday deals (online.) I was eyeing up that vest but it was out in my size by the time I got there. I scored one for $27 at Macy's instead!

  5. Almost exclusively in store. And I'll visit more than one J.Crew to find what I want at the price I want. Though I live an hour from my nearest J.Crew, there are 8 that are all close to that one. There have been some very good coupons recently too that I was able to use in conjunction with 40% off sale and 15% off student discount.

  6. I can't speak for the clarks version (though I'm sure they're comfortable), but I really like my sam edelman ones. I've seen them lurk on amazon a bit.

  7. I shop a lot in stores. I'll shop online but inevitably not like fit/color/in general in person so I'll save up all my purchases and make two trips to the city in a month and shop and make my returns. I'm very impressed with the Lou and grey jacket. It's my first purchase from the Loft in general in a very long time.

  8. That's what counts! Being happy with what you got. I would have liked for these to be a little taller, but they're very office/business meeting appropriate which is why I brought them home.

  9. You did AMAZING with your budget! You got great deals on quality pieces, those black pumps seem like a particularly outstanding score, and you managed to put money back in your wallet. I applaud you.

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