Friday, August 10, 2012

June and July budget update


  1. The Limited striped skirt - Originally $60, clearance for $20, used $10 coupon + tax = $12
  2. Target dress - Originally $30, clearance for $9 + tax = $10 (bought with Christmas gift card)
  3. Old Navy sleeveless top - Originally $20, clearance, then used Gap credit card rewards card = $4
  4. Old Navy utility pocket jersey shirt: Originally $30, clearance, then used Gap credit card rewards card = $3
  5. Sam Edelman Sophie wedges - Originally $120, used $100 gift card + tax = $31
  6. Webster for Target cardigan - Originally $33, clearance for $10 + tax = $11 (bought with Christmas gift card)
  7. Target ikat printed tank - Originally $18, clearance for $5, used $3 off coupon + tax = $2
  8. (unpictured) Target brown leather belt - Originally $22, clearance for $11, used remainder of gift card + tax = $8

Total spent on clothes in June and July: $60

Budget remaining for the rest of the year: $135


We're almost halfway into August, but I thought I'd share what I bought in June and July. I didn't shop too much, but those darn trips to Target to buy diapers have resulted in a few impulse buys (most of which I used up a $100 gift card from Christmas. Yes, I'm proud it lasted me that long.)

After these purchases, I'm down to $135 for the rest of the year, but don't fret! I have about $50 coming back via Ebates, mostly from my Frye boots. Since Fryes are usually excluded from coupon codes and sales, I took advantage of the 13% Ebates cash back on Endless.com awhile back.

Also, we just celebrated our 5 year anniversary and I requested a gift card to one of my favorite stores, but my husband is waiting until I go back to work to buy it because finances are tight while I'm on maternity leave. How did we celebrate our anniversary? We both completely forgot about it, and he worked an overnight overtime shift. As much as I hate when he works those shifts, he asked me the other day if he could work another one this weekend, and then added, "You can have $50 to add to your clothing budget!" Though $50 is probably not enough to compensate for having to put both kids to sleep on my own, I'll take it.

So while my remaining budget isn't too much right now, I have high hopes that it'll last me through the end of the year! :)

27 comments:

  1. You are amazing at saving money! Your clothes are super cute too! I'm very impressed!

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  2. These are all fantastic buys! I can't ever tell my husband what your clothing budget is because he would kill me, or worse: divorce me! ;-)  Congratulations on your fifth year anniversary and your budget finds!

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  3. That's less than $10 an item! I think that's pretty amazing, and cute choices too. You're very resourceful.

    I am in love with the Sam Edelman wedges, but alas, I don't have a gift card ):

    Lastly, congratulations on the anniversary!

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  4. They're on sale on a ton of websites! You can probably find them for like $70 or $80 last time I checked! :)
    And resourceful sounds better than "cheap" :)

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  5. Hahah! Husbands should support their wives' hobbies, even if that includes shopping :) too bad I agreed to the budget in the first place so I can't back out :( I guess I treat it as a challenge: to buy as much clothes with as little money as possible :)

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  6. Wow, great job. ;) Love all those pieces. Would love to see that teal Target dress with your new coral sandals. So pretty!
    I had the same problem when my little dude was in diapers/pull-ups. Target's brand was my fave for both, but I never could just buy diapers, darn it! ;)

    BTW, I have a giveaway going on right now, if you'd like to stop by and check it out. ;)

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  7. Looks like you are on a tight budget now. Can you manage $135
    for the next few months? Sounds like it’s a little bit difficult for me.


    To be honest you are spending wisely ;)

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  8. Awesome Webster clearance finds! Yay for extra $50 from hubs (sorry about having to be single mom for a weekend) and $50 from Ebates is awesome!

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  9. It's incredible to see how much you can stretch a dollar for your clothing budget. I really need to start learning about all these cash back programs like Ebates. I don't know how you do it Kimmie, but you're basically superwoman in my eyes... $600/year in clothing budget, mom to 2 kids, style blogger, etc etc etc. Is there anything you can't do?!

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  10. Hi, I'm a new follower. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary! Great finds for your clothing budget =) 

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  11. Thanks, CC! I haven't worn the teal dress yet because I was only getting dressed once a week when I was home with the kids, but now that I'm back at work, I'll finally get to wear real clothes :) And pairing the sandals with it sounds like it might work. I'll have to try it out!

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  12. I sure hope so! I just have to stop browsing my favorite stores online... and stop myself when I'm at Target :)

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  13. Yeah! I wasn't really interested in the collection when it came out (I actually don't care much about any of the Target collabs) - I just wait for them to go on clearance and if there's still anything left that I like, I'll buy. Not paying $40+ for Target-quality clothes!

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  14. LOL, I don't know how to make super cute bunny jewelery!

    I love Ebates, but I ALWAYS forget to use it when I make purchases, or remember 10 seconds after I've already placed my order. :(

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  15. Happy Anniversary!  You and your husband sound like us!  We've plum forgotten our last 2 anniversaries until the evening rolled around.  I think it's the kids - they're very distracting :)

    I am REALLY impressed with how you stick to a budget.  I love a good deal and have a tendency to go crazy with buying.  I'm much better on maternity leave bc of the limited amount of funds, but then I go crazy with sewing stuff.  Net, the closet is always overflowing, LOL

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  16.  Word up on $40 for Target quality clothes. No way!

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  17. Wow amazing!! Just stumbled across your blog and love the idea of the budget for the year. My hubby has been bugging me about that and you're so good at it. :) xo - Sheila

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  18. I recently discovered Ebates and I love it! :) Def helps the budget friendly wallet. 

    xo - Sheila

    http://sheislovely1.blogspot.com

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  19. inspired by your clothing budget, I'm going on a shopping hiatus!


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  20. You finding that teal target dress for $10 makes me so jealous. I ordered it for full price from the website... in the only size they had left and it is HUGE on me. Good thing I can sew because I adore that dress.

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  21. Yes, it does! Sometimes I only get pennies back, but I do like when they have extra promotions like double cash back or bonuses.

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  22. Aww, that sucks! Are you still in Japan? I'd totally shop the clearance racks for you and send you stuff, but don't know if it'd be worth it with the shipping costs and all. Or is sending to APO/FPO addresses not as expensive?

    But yeah, it's a really cute dress and I love that it's lined. :)

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  23. Still in Japan for another year and a half. Shipping costs kind of mess things up, it isn't cheaper really to ship here ( costs the same as shipping to California). I adore that it is lined and cotton!!! I feel like so many pieces are poly.

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  24. You are so good at budgeting and finding good deals! I usually don't wait for deals at ON since the clothes are already at a low price. Kudos to you!  

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