December Budget

It's a little belated, but I'm linking up with Fran and other Budgeting Bloggers to share my December purchases! It's a great way to hold yourself accountable and be really intentional with your purchases--something I am continually striving to do. December was expensive. Not just in terms of a clothing budget, but I also budgeted for Christmas, a bridal shower, two bridesmaids dresses, three months of health insurance, rent, and the list goes on. Why does it always seem to land all at the same time? Anyway, I am pretty pleased with my purchases regardless because they are all staples I will continue to wear for a very long time.

December 2013 Budget

December Budget:

LOFT Essential Leggings- originally $24.40 - paid $12.25 LOFT Navy Scuba Pleated Skirt Dress - originally $89.50 - paid $35 (ON SALE for $30 now) LOFT Red Textural Open Cardigan (in a brighter red not shown) - originally $59.50 - paid $24.75 NY & Co. Gray Belted Cardigan (similar) - $29.99 Target Xhilaration Junior's Faux Leather Jacket - originally $39.99 - Used Cartwheel coupon + $5 giftcard - paid $29.99 White House Black Market Striped Tank (Goodwill) - $3.39 The Limited Gray Lace Tank (Goodwill) - $3.39 Kohl's Daisy Fuentes Printed Blouse (Goodwill) - $3.39

Total Spent: $142.12

I've been using a spreadsheet to track all of the clothing purchases I've made of the past year. I only started Budgeting Bloggers back in March, but I've spent almost $1000 on clothing during that time ($928.64 to be exact). It really puts things in perspective, doesn't it? I consider myself a frugal shopper, never purchasing items full price and frequenting my local Goodwill, but even then, things add up.

Additionally, looking back on my purchases, I can see trends. I've been slowly steering away from purchasing on a whim at Goodwill (just because it's a good deal doesn't mean it's always worth it) and really focusing on buying things I really like and will definitely wear. I'm not where I want to be just yet. Ideally, I would even like to start almost completely over--keeping only the things I really love and can remix in a variety of ways and then build my wardrobe back up slowly with classic, but versatile pieces of good quality. Part of me would love to do the Greater than Rubies challenge like my brave friend, Laura, but I don't know if I have the right pieces now to stay strong throughout. And I also don't want to deprive myself of something that brings me confidence and joy. But in saying that, does that mean I'm putting too much into a superficial thing like clothing? Am I making clothing too much of an idol? Oh, sometimes it all seems so frivolous, but style really is important. What are your thoughts?

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