I struggle with the urge to shop. First, I love fashion, so it’s hard to avoid buying new pieces I love. Second, and probably more importantly, I shop when I am stressed, bored, anxious, etc. Just as some people use alcohol or drugs to “let loose,” I often use shopping.
I am working on changing this maladaptive behavior. Setting a budget for myself was one way of ensuring that I shopped more thoughtfully and with more purpose, but I am finding it very hard to stick to a budget.
Even with birthday gifts offsetting the costs of some of my purchases this month, I still went way over budget for the month of October.
Discussing my budget and purchases in a public forum is making me more accountable. You guys keep me honest. 😉
After some reflection on my purchases, I made a few decisions:
I decided to return the voluminous sweater coat. I like the piece and that it was “different”; however, it is a piece that is somewhat difficult to wear and not super versatile. It was also a higher ticket item coming in at just under $60 with tax.
I decided to return the velvet suit from Ann Taylor that I got for my birthday and replace it with a similar suit from The Limited that I could get at a lower price point thanks to better sales/coupons at The Limited. Even though the jacket was a petite, the sleeves and shoulders were still in need of altering, and I wasn’t crazy about the way the jacket cut straight across the hips (I find a slightly curved hem to be much more flattering). Replacing the suit with a lower priced, but still high-quality, option freed up some of my gifted birthday money for other October purchases. The replacement blazer will have to come out of my November budget.
So, here’s what I ended up with:
|The Limited Exact Stretch skinny pants|
|The Limited quilted faux leather jacket|
|The Limited lace cami|
|The Limited studded tank|
|The Limited knot earrings|
|The Limited Forenza car sweater|
|The Limited neon crewneck sweater|
|The Limited Cassidy Fit camel flare leg trousers|
|The Limited 312 fit slim bootcut jeans|
|The Limited foulard print jacket|
|The Limited Drew velvet slim pants|
|Ann Taylor Petites peplum blouse|
Top Row: Pants ($33); Jacket ($77)
Second Row: Cami ($8); Blouse ($18)
Third Row: Earrings ($11); Sweater ($19)
Fourth Row: Sweater ($5); Pants ($28)
Fifth Row: Jeans ($29); Blazer ($42)
Sixth Row: Pants (Free); Blouse (Free)
I got two jackets altered which cost $64, but several small returns from previous months’ purchases helped offset that cost from my budget.
I also got four additional pieces of jewelry (three necklaces and a bracelet) that were on clearance sale. They are no longer available online so I couldn’t post pictures. Total cost for these pieces was approximately $25.
Subtracting the additional $145 I received in birthday gifts, I ended this month right at my budget of $150.
Whew! Too much stress. Must do better next month!
Even though I spent too much this month and had to scramble to get back within my budget, I did get a few key pieces for which I had been searching for almost two years – those being camel pants and a faux leather jacket that fit my style and body. I also got a few great bargains this month like the $5 sweater and a cute Peter Pan collar necklace for only $4 (not pictured).
Here’s to a more frugal November!