january 2018 budget

It’s been a while since my last post! 2018 is turning out to be a busy year thus far, so I haven’t had much time to dedicate to this blog. Nonetheless, I did want to pop in and share this month’s purchases.

the keepers

black + tan monogrammed pullover {Marley Lilly} $40 ($60 on sale for $39.99) I bought a monogrammed pullover from ML last spring, and it’s seriously one of my most favorite weekend items. I decided that it couldn’t hurt to have another one for my collection, so I bought this version (with elbow patches!).

tortoise phone case {Marley Lilly} $15 ($35 on sale for $14.99) I don’t think I’ve included phone cases as an accessory before, but this one was purchased not out of need but just because I wanted it. So, I feel like I should include it in the budget as a “just for fun” purchase. I haven’t started using it yet, but I really love the circle monogram I chose!

buffalo check shirt {Old Navy} $12 ($32.99 on clearance for $14.97 + extra 20% off) I bought a buffalo plaid shirt about two years ago, and it has shrunk in the wash such that I no longer wanted to wear it. This ON replacement is great because it’s got plenty of length, and it’s also very soft.

v-neck pleat hem short sleeve top in white and black {The Limited} $14 each ($69 on clearance for $13.80 each) This was definitely an unplanned purchase. I happened to see another blogger wearing it, clicked her link to shop it, and found out it was 80% off with free shipping. You know I love a basic top with a little interesting detail, so I went ahead and bought it in two colors. The white is ever so slightly sheer, so I will probably wear a layer underneath it, but overall I am impressed with The Limited’s “comeback” offerings.

v-neck pleat hem long sleeve top in green {The Limited} $35 ($69 on clearance for $34.50) Obviously, this is the exact same top as above, but in a long sleeved version. I just loved the particular shade of green so much that I was willing to spend a bit more for it. I happen to be wearing this top now as I type up this post, and it’s pretty dang comfy. A good purchase!

the returns

No returns this month!

the extras

I still have quite a few gift cards from Christmas, and I’m as shocked as anyone that I haven’t spent them all yet. I used a small portion of my J.Crew gift card to buy this top and this fun necklace during their MLK weekend promotion. I think the total came to $20, which I think is a crazy good bargain!

January total: $129

2018 total: $129

Remaining budget: $1871

I’m pretty pleased with this month’s purchases. The pullover and some of the tops have already been added into my winter wardrobe rotation, and once spring arrives, I’m pretty confident the short sleeved tops will become favorites too.

As for next month’s budget, I did order a pair of duck boots recently, but I’m waiting for them to arrive. They won’t be the most stylish item in my closet, but all this crazy winter weather has convinced me that they would nice to have! Anyway, I’ll be sure to add those to February’s tally, assuming I keep them.

I honestly don’t have much on my shopping radar right now. I have a big milestone happening in mid-February (I’m defending my dissertation proposal), so I haven’t been thinking too much about clothes lately. Hopefully I’ll have more time to devote to this space soon!

What did you buy in January?


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