Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December Budget

Image credit. Maybe if I keep using it, she'll come back to us.

December Budget
Pink blouse (Old Navy) : 22.00
Black blouse (Old Navy) : 22.00
Cobalt blue blouse (Old Navy) : 22.00
Lavender blouse (Old Navy) : 15.98
Tartan perfect shirt (J.Crew, via eBay) : 65.00
Gold sequin tee (J.Crew, via eBay) : 40.00
Opaque tights (Target: charcoal, navy, hunter, burgundy) : 32.00
Gray stripe sweater (Old Navy, seen here and here) and dalmatian cardi (Old Navy) : 40.66
Tartan scarf (Target, seen here) : 14.99
ShoeMint Candy boots : 4.01 (thanks to the awesome giveaway I won over at Sparkling Footsteps!)
ShoeMint Koko flats : 39.98

Total = $318.49
(Not including Christmas money, and not including gifts received)

If you read my last budget post you may even be giggling or rolling your eyes. Or both.

I'm starting to realize something about myself.
It's not that I'm inherently bad with money. I don't love clothes any more than the next girl.
I don't need everything I buy.
I lack willpower.
Like on a scale of 1-10, 1 being a star of TLC's Hoarders and 10 being anyone who declines to see the dessert menu, I'm sitting at a -27.
I buy things on impulse. I shop when I'm sad or mad or bored or feeling bad because I haven't worked out or because I just ate seven Christmas dinners.

This isn't how I want to be. This isn't how I want to teach my daughter to be (someday. Not a pregnancy announcement). I love clothes, and I don't think that's necessarily bad, but when it comes at the expense of other things I love - traveling, finding new restaurants with Boyfriend, not having to worry about how to pay the vet when the dogs decide to randomly knock each other's teeth out - then it is bad.

There are changes coming around here, ladyfriends. And because they coincide with 2013, we'll even call them resolutions... but more on that later.

Linking up with Budgeting Bloggers, thanks for hosting Fran-dandy!
(I blame your parents for giving you such a nickname-able name.)


  1. First of all, because we are in shopaholics anonymous, I just want to say that I'm sups jealous of everything you got. surrrriously jelly.

    second, willpower is like the worst thing to try to improve on. my baseline rule is if I have any feelings of guilt when deciding to purchase something, then I won't 100% enjoy it. so over the last 2 monts I've had to put like 15 things back or not press buy online. I'm still like super super poor right now (like can I buy groceries this week? who knows poor - damn it, no christmas presents this year!) so it's been a bit easier. but it's so freaking hard. why can't we be highly payed adults yet?

    oh, and thanks for linking up and all of my nicknames. i love them all.

    1. I'm glad you like nicknames, they're not stopping anytime soon. Also, not sure I'm ever going to be a highly paid adult, so I may as well start adjusting to poverty now!!

  2. I'm right there with will power at all when it comes to clothes and shoes.
    Thanks for the heads up about the J.Crew tartan shirts on ebay...that would have been a definite purchase but they are sold out already:(

    XO, Gina

    1. Try eBay for sure! I get a ton of my J.Crew that way since there's no store within an hour of me :/

  3. I totally lack willpower too! I really need to start setting a budget for myself like the rest of you fabulous blogger ladies so I can control myself. Great purchases!


    1. It really helps! Just having to write it all down is a serious reality check.

  4. Heck yes you are my fellow Old Navy Roll Cuff Blouse friend now! Love the colors you got

    Professionally Petite

    1. I am so in love with them! But I've never met a button down I didn't like.

  5. Honestly, the only thing that keeps me honest is my husband telling me "DO NOT SPEND MORE THAN $XXX THIS MONTH OR I WON'T FEED YOU." Something to that effect. Also, the year before I got married, I was living on my own and making literally next to no money, so if I didn't wanna get kicked out of my house or school, I had to not shop, period. You become very resourceful in times like that!

    And I really really hate to tell you this. But all the stuff you got at Old Navy is now half the price you mentioned when I stopped by there yesterday. I'm sorry. Don't hate me.

    1. AHHHH DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER! That is so my luck. I always buy things because I hate the "will it still be in my size?" gamble, but I need to start doing more in-person and less online shopping. I miss a ton of deals.

  6. LOL I can't believe you're doing another 30 for 30 RIGHT AFTER you just finished the last one! If I were you, I'd probably go on a spending frenzy as well.

    Can't wait to see all your new stuff!!! :) Good luck with the challenge!

    1. Thanks lady! I'm actually looking forward to 30 for 30 again... I know, I'm a freak!

  7. Hmmm... I think that you have tremendous will power...30x30 anyone?
    But applying it to the shopping is a different beast it seems.

    Maybe try a 1 in, 1 out?
    Or culling down to 90-120 items ("120x365"?) ... and then only buying when something needs replacing?

    Put your creativity to use! No more clothes required!


    1. You'd be surprised, I actually have a relatively small closet! I've given at least a dozen giant trashbags to Goodwill this year. I'm pared down, but now that I'm being more creative in terms of what goes with what, I actually find MORE things I like when I shop. Wouldn't you know it!

  8. I love your blog, but I think I love it MORE now that I know you read Allie Bosh's blog!!! I wish she comes back soon! :(


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