Budgeting Bloggers: December Budget

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Budgeting-Bloggers-December-2014

Budgeting Bloggers, hosted by Fran, is a great way to hold myself accountable for my clothing purchases each month. It helps to track my spending habits, identify trends, and streamline my wardrobe with more intention. Check out what other bloggers purchased this month!

A whole year gone! I can't believe I've been tracking my clothing budget for over a year and a half now. It certainly has held me more accountable and it teaches me so much about my shopping habits. I feel like I'm at a place now where I don't have any major needs to fill in my closet and I am highly considering a capsule wardrobe (again).

Even though November was a killer, I still got a few more things in December.

Here's what I got:

Land's End:

Drifter Mock Zip Sweater in Midnight Indigo - originally $59.00 - paid $25 Fitted Turtleneck in Black - originally $25.50 - paid $10

I also got the Zip Sweater in Ivory and a Down Vest in Wine Grape for Christmas!

I am in love with these sweaters! They're the perfect addition to my winter closet and I've already worn them many times, making them well worth the purchase (and gift). I've been looking for a black turtleneck ever since I saw T. Swift's "Shake it Off" music video. I'm not even really a fan--except for that song--but even I had to admit that she looked very Audrey. Can't go wrong with these classic items.

H&M:

Navy and White Jersey Striped Tank - on sale for $3 (not pictured) Knee-length Vintage-Inspired Black and White Skirt - on sale for $25 (not pictured)

I couldn't pass up a tank I knew I'd wear a ton in the spring and summer and I've already worn the skirt twice. The silhouette makes it a perfect option for swing dancing.

Sears:

I Love Comfort Dasher Mary Jane Pumps - originally $39.99 - paid $19.97

Comfortable heels for dancing for under $20? Done.

Total Spent in December: $82.97

Total Spent in 2014: $1617.01

Seeing that number really hits home. I'd really like to challenge myself to see if I can reduce this number moving forward. In many, many ways, I made a lot of really smart and inexpensive choices this year. I'm proud of my more intentional shopping and really feel like I added some great pieces this year. I broke the habit of buying things for cheap simply because it was a great deal and tried very hard to stick to only buying what I really loved. I still have a lot of progress to make, but I feel like I am well on my way. It's been interesting adjusting to my new career and lifestyle in terms of wardrobe and I imagine that will only continue into 2015.

Speaking of the new year, I know I alluded to some big changes coming and they are indeed on their way! I may or may not continue with this Budgeting Bloggers series on the blog, but I think I will continue on a personal level regardless, as it has been a very illuminating and useful system.

How do you feel about your clothing purchases for the year? 

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