2013 Monthly Budget Update

I have a $600 annual clothing budget, which includes all purchases for clothing, shoes and accessories for myself. Sometimes I'll add my Ebates cash back back into my budget, and use gift cards or credit card reward coupons, so the amount I end up spending over the year will be slightly over $600, but not too far off.

In order to be kept accountable with my budget, and to have a personal record of what I'm buying, I'm going to update this page with how much I spend every month.

Why am I budgeting? How do I do it? Maybe you can read this: Budgeting with Kimmie.

Monthly spending recaps can be found here.

2011 budget summary | 2012 budget summary 

January

Frye boots (from Caroline) - $130
Teal jeans (Target) - $13
Black/white sweater (Forever 21) - $6
Polka dot sweater (Forever 21) - $5
Striped dress (Forever 21) - $17
Tan booties (Target) - $11

January total: $181

February


Old Navy sweater: $13 ($0 after credit card rewards)
The Limited boucle mini skirt: $8

February total: $8


March

[March recap post]
  1. Forever 21 necklace: $10
  2. Kate Spade cardigan: $87 ($24 after gift card)
  3. H&M sheer peplum shirt: $6
  4. H&M black blazer: $16
  5. H&M magenta blazer: $11
  6. Tommy Hilfiger Outlet anchor belt: $13
  7. Nordstrom Rack necklace: $7 ($0 after gift card)
  8. Macy's necklace: $15 ($0 after gift card)
  9. Gap Outlet striped dress: $20
  10. Gap Outlet striped boatneck shirt: $5
  11. Gap Outlet coral cardigan: $12

    Gap Outlet total: $37
    - Gap card rewards $35
    = $2
  12. BR Factory Store yellow skirt:  $13
  13. BR Factory Store sleeveless tie top: $8 
  14. BR Factory Store pleated skirt: $20
  15. BR Factory Store red/white striped top: $12
  16. BR Factory Store necklace: $6

    BR Factory Store total: $59
    - Gap card rewards $30
    =$29 + tax = $32
March total: $114

April

[April recap post]
  1. Thrifted floral skirt: $8
  2. Gap hot pink sweater: Originally $45, clearance for $5
  3. Gap Leopard print pointy toe flats: Originally $50, sale for $21 - $10 gap reward = $12
  4. Gap distressed skinny jeans: Originally $80, clearance for $5
  5. Gap pique academy blazer: Originally $88, sale for $60 with 30% off = $45 - gift card = $0
  6. Floral Target skirt: Originally $23, clearance for $2
  7. Target black flats: Originally $40, purchased at BOGO discount = $28 - $20 gift cards = $8
April Total: $40

May

[May recap post]
  1. J.Crew striped maritime blazer: Originally $138, final sale for $35 + tax = $38
  2. Anthropologie Edme & Esyllte Field skirt via eBay: $24 + $6 shipping = $30 
  3. White House Black Market floral skirt: Originally $88, sale for $30 - 5% black book member savings + tax = $31

May subtotal: $99

+ sold on Ebay: $126

May total: -$27
June

[June recap post]

  1. Marshall's striped skirt: $20 + tax = $22 - gift card = $0
  2. Forever 21 ivory blouse via blog sale
  3. Anthropologie Refined Cord shirtdress via blog sale
  4. Anthropologie Deletta top via blog sale
  5. Anthropologie Circle the Globe yellow skirt via blog sale
  6. Anthropologie Tiny Windows dress via blog sale
  7. Gap striped top via blog sale
  8. Target mint top via blog sale
  9. Seychelles oxford pumps via blog sale

    Blog sale total: $72
  10. Old Navy eyelet tank: $7.50 - coupon + tax = $6
  11. Gap Outlet denim shorts: $15 - Gap card rewards = $0
June subtotal: $78

+ Sold on eBay and Craigslist: $68
+ Random survey: $10

June total: $0


July

  1. Anthro Maeve pleated green skirt via eBay: $10 + $11 shipping = $21
  2. H&M necklace: $2.50 + tax = $3
  3. H&M sandals: $10 + tax = $11
  4. H&M green cardi: $7 + tax = $7
  5. Ebay bird blouse: $6
  6. J.Crew factory linen blazer: Originally $138, sale for $32 + tax + shipping = $41
  7. J.Crew polka dot skirt via Buffalo Exchange: $14 - 50% off = $7 + tax = $8
  8. Target lace shirt: Originally $20, clearance for $6 - 25% coupon + tax = $5 - gift card = $0
  9. Banana Republic polka dot blouse: $60 - 45% off + tax = $35 - gift card = $0
  10. Hearts necklace: c/o
July total: $97
August

[August recap blog post]
  1. Nordstrom Halogen apple shirt: Originally $58, Anniversary Sale price $38 + tax = $41 used gift card
  2. Banana Republic striped skirt: orig $80, sale for $40 - rewards cards + tax = $19
  3. Target tree dress Originally $25, clearance for $7.50 + tax = $8 used gift card
  4. Me Too Yellow peep toes (from Nordstrom Rack): $35 + tax = $38 used gift card
  5. White cardigan (from Nordstrom Rack): Originally $17, on clearance for $12 + tax = $13
  6. Calvin Klein mint flats (from Nordstrom Rack): $40 + tax = $44 used gift card
  7. Target mint peplum sweater: Originally $20, clearance for $10 - 20% + tax = $8.50 used gift card
  8. Target floral dress: Originally $25, clearance for $7.50 - 20% + tax = $6.50 used gift card
  9. J.Crew Navy Schoolboy blazer: anniversary gift from husband
  10. Neon yellow necklace - c/o Shop Ethereal
  11. Ray Ban Wayfarers - c/o SmartBuyGlasses
  12. Aqua blazer c/o Chicnova
August subtotal: $19
+ eBay sold: $141

September

  1. YuniKelley necklace: $30 - $25 shop credit won from giveaway = $5
  2. Old Navy stripe tee: originally $13, clearance for $6 - super cash + tax = $3.50
  3. Old Navy orange tee: originally $15, clearance for $5 - 35% off + tax = $3.50
  4. Target Mossimo Kendall boots: Originally $35, clearance for $24.50 - Cartwheel coupon + tax = $20
  5. Halogen cardigan via ThredUP: $14.50 (used credit)
  6. J.Crew grey skirt via ThredUP: $14 (used credit)
  7. J.Crew gingham shirt via ThredUP: $5 (used credit)
  8. Anthropologie skirt via ThredUP: $16.50 (used credit)
  9. Loft grey short sleeve sweater via ThredUP: $6.50 (used credit)
  10. Limited white button down via ThredUP: $6 (used credit)
  11. Target chambray shirt via ThredUP: $4.50 (used credit)
  12. Talbots belt: Originally $29, clearance for $10 + tax = $11
  13. Banana Republic striped tank: originally $40, clearance for $20 - 40% off = $12 + tax = $13 (used gift card)
  14. Target Merona Emma flats: Originally $40, sale for $30 + tax = $31 - $29 gift card = $2
  15. Splendid button down jersey shirt via Nordstrom Rack: $35 + tax = $38 (used gift card)
  16. Nordstrom rack chambray shirt: $25 + tax = $27 (used gift card)
  17. Animal floral top - c/o Surfdome
  18. Everlane tee - gift from Fran
  19. Graphic print knit dress - c/o eShakti
subtotal (before gift cards/credit): $244
-$67 ThredUP credit
-$65 Nordstrom gift card
-$29 Target gift card
-$13 Banana Republic gift card
-$25 credit from YuniKelley giveaway

September total: $45
Budget remaining for the year: $264

[page updated on October 4, 2013]