September Budget

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Well, the good news is that I did much better at sticking to my budget this month than I did last month. The bad news is that I probably still spent too much, especially considering all of the computer troubles that cropped up a few weeks ago. Still, I did much better about only buying things that were on sale or shopping at stores where I had coupons, which made a huge difference. Here are some of the pieces I got (the full list, including prices, is after the pic):

Left column: Packers shirt from Old Navy ($9.50 after coupon), Pink Cardigan from NY&Co ($25.77 on sale), Plaid shirt from Maurices ($0, a “just because” gift from my mom, who also had a coupon)

Center column: Leopard loafers from DSW ($34.95 after coupon), Sequined oxfords from DSW ($29.95 after coupon), Ulta “Oh!” from Ulta ($6)

Right column: Julep Mystery Box ($19.95), BGBGeneration bracelet from Younkers ($14.95 after coupon), Striped tee from Old Navy ($16.99 on sale), Black tunic from Old Navy ($12 on sale)

Total: $164.14

Again, I tried to make my purchases this month very versatile, and I think I did a good job of that. I also think I did a pretty good job of sticking to my “September Wish List” – I found two pairs of fall shoes that both go with just about everything, and the tunic from Old Navy is the closest thing to the “perfect black shirt” that I’ve found so far (I got it in black, not the gray color pictured). The one thing I definitely need to start watching more closely is the amount of nail polish I buy…it’s so easy to get just one or two bottles here and there, but it really adds up after a while! I’m participating in 2 polish swaps in October, and that should keep me stocked with new and interesting colors for a while. I’m committing to not buying any new polish in October except the Julep Maven box. In fact, a shopping ban in general for the month of October sounds like a good thing. My goal for next month is to keep my purchases under $100, so I can put that money towards our honeymoon in December.

Linking up with Franishh’s Budgeting Bloggers. 🙂

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