Jan 2, 2014

December 2013 - Where My Dolla Bills Went

Happy 2014! Before I get all "lemme tell ya bout my resolutions" (that post is coming, don't you worry), I thought I would catch up on my December budget. I only bought two things in December myself, which was my plan since I wanted to save money to buy gifts for other people. Even with all of the sales, it's usually not too hard for me to pass things up. Something about Christmas spending, plus end-of-year budgets... it's just easy for me to say no. Let's see if I can extend that self-control into next year :)

1. Banana Republic white cardigan This was the only thing I bought during the after Christmas sales. I have a white cardigan, but it's really old and... not quite white anymore. This one was originally $79.50, but it was on sale for $34 PLUS 40% off of that price, for a grand total of $20.40. Once again proof that in-store you can get much better prices (even though I much prefer on-line shopping).

2. F21 Aztec cardigan ($32.80) So I had an Aztec cardigan once (seen here), but it shrunk in the wash :( I gave it to my sister and I have wanted another one ever since. My husband got me this one for Christmas. I actually love my new one even more - it's soooo comfy. In fact, I can't stop wearing it.

3. My brother got me a great plaid scarf for Christmas. I love it!

4. Franco sarto booties. Okay, these boots have a little bit of a story behind them... My husband ordered me a really cute pair of booties (not these) for Christmas. He ordered them December 4th and they never came. He called and tried to figure it out, but no one knows what happened to them. They refunded the money, but he was so disappointment because I didn't have them to open on Christmas morning. I was okay with it (I am holding onto the false hope that they'll show up eventually), but Eric and I wandered into TJ Maxx a few days after Christmas and I found this pair. They were $44, which is less than half the price of what they are supposed to cost, and they were a lot less than the original pair that Eric bought for me. And I love them!

5. I ordered this red sweater from eBay a few weeks ago and got it a couple of days before Christmas. I really wanted a cheap Christmas sweater and this one fit the bill for $9.34. I wouldn't recommend it (the front is cut way to high and it smells weird) , but you get what you pay for.

6. I got a black leather jacket (similar, from photo above) from my brother for Christmas. I know what you are thinking... that I am not cool enough for a leather jacket. At least, that's what I thought when I opened it. But it's so cute and so flattering - I have embraced my non-leather personality and I have already worn it multiple times.

Total: $106.44
Total spent from personal clothing budget: $29.74

So that wraps up another year of sharing my monthly budget with you all. It might seem like a silly thing to do, but it helps keep me accountable and it keeps me from turning into a big spender, which was never the goal when I started this blog. I can't really relate to people spend thousands on clothing every month and I want to be transparent about what I spend. Thanks for following along!

Linking up with other budgeting bloggers.


  1. WOW, what a great bottom line! My fave is the plaid scarf, which reminds me of buffalo plaid from afar. A scarf is a great, inexpensive way to do a trend. :)

  2. I love the black jacket! I have that on my wish list, but I haven't found the right one yet.

  3. Those booties are amazing! I bet you will get so much use from them. I am on the hunt for a plaid scarf as well, but think I will just have to buckle down and make one. Yours has such a great pattern and colors. Love the aztec cardigan, too! It looks so cozy!

  4. What a steal! I love a blogger who doesn't sacrifice fashion for savings... because she doesn't have to! Great post...i'm inspired!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

  5. What a great deal on those boots! I love TJ Maxx- you never know what you'll find there! I have a pair of dressy booties on my "wants" list...they seem so nice since you can wear socks with them and not freeze your feet! Great job on the budget this month too-- don't you love this practice? Really held me accountable this year!

  6. I love that sweater, it is super cute!

  7. You got some great purchases!! And you are totally cool enough for a leather jacket. I would love to find the perfect leather jacket, but it hasn't happened yet. Hope you are having a great start to 2014!


  8. This post just goes to show you it is possible to look great on a budget! We're all about that. We're a shaving company called Dorco and we provide quality razors for up to 70% less than leading brands. Read what others think about our products and our prices at DorcoUSA.com. Thanks for sharing this with us. It was so inspiring, especially since I think cutting down on spending is a New Year's resolution for most of us!

  9. Oh my gosh I got a black (not leather) moto jacket for Christmas this year too. I swear I could be wearing the dorkiest outfit and I throw on the jacket and I feel SO badass hahah. I'm not sure I can pull it off, but it makes me feel cool.

  10. The scarf is sooooo amazing! And great pieces all around! Can't wait to read more from your blog!

  11. I agree, that scarf is my fave! I've been seeing so many great ways to style them I just may have to try it. And it's classic too.

  12. LOVE these picks! I want them all, now, please. hah!

    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

  13. I'm so impressed with your willpower! :)

    Jess - J's Style

  14. Wow, what an amazing deal on that sweater! And definitely a sensible purchase too. A white cardigan goes with everything!

  15. Love the white cardigan, its so versatile!


  16. Love all your purchases! :) I'd live in that aztec sweater, too!

  17. Hi Ashley, Thanks for stopping by my blog! New follower here! I love that you share your monthly budget with your followers. I totally agree with you. I love fashion but can not afford to shop every month. I love a good sale & reworking the pieces I already own. You got some great deals this month!


  18. the leather jacket is my FAVORITE!!!! you always impress me with your ability to stay on track and either on or under budget.

  19. That scarf is awesome! For some reason I'm really into plaid scarves lately. So strange.

    At any rate, that's a bummer about the boots! Ugh. I've had ONE item lost in the mail, and it's a gut-wrenching feeling, man! Plus, it' s super irritating. Those Franco Sarto boots look like they will be perfect for spring, too. Versatile? Cheaper? Cute? Winner!

    More Modern Modesty

  20. Score on the boots! That aztec cardi is pretty awesome, too! I let my mom buy me a couple things the day after Christmas (cardigan, scarf, coat). She wanted to buy me more, but I just wasn't loving anything in the stores. I am really hoping this "meh" attitude keeps up, but some stores are starting to release their spring collections... and I just looove spring clothes.

  21. I forgot to say I think I have those same booties, I'm wearing them right now! They're super versatile!


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