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what i bought in january

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Nicole, you weren’t supposed to shop in January!” Hold your horses, and I’ll explain!

what i bought january

After I wrote my What I Bought in December post, but before January 1, I went to Old Navy one last time to see if there was anything I needed. I’m glad I went, because this Old Navy sweater has been worn about once a week since I bought it. See? Not actually a January purchase!
Additionally, I did mention that these grey flats (which have been on my wishlist forever) have been back-ordered for a few months and finally became available on January 5. I put in my order on December 31 (I tried to wait for a New Year’s sale, but one never showed up), but I technically purchased them before January as well.
If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have seen that I did make one purchase this month. I had intended to wait and make this purchase in February, but the way things worked out with the Valentine’s feature I’m working on, I realized that I actually needed to take photos before then and therefore needed to make an order ahead of time. Whew! Luckily, I received a gift card from work so that I could get these pretties:

what i bought january2

A little impractical? Sure. Some of the most beautiful and Valentine’s-appropriate shoes I’ve ever seen? Most definitely. I’ll talk more in my goals post about whether or not these count against my shopping freeze. Today is all about the budget!
As you may remember, I’ve decided on a quarterly budget of $500 for this year. The current quarter is between December and February. Last month I spent $314.77 of that $500. Let’s see where I am now!

Old Navy Side-Vent Sweater – $18
J.Crew Factory Suede Amelia Flats – $58.50
Molly Ankle Strap Mid Heeled Shoes via ASOS$38 (purchased with gift card)

Monthly Total: $76.50
Quarterly Budget Spent: $391.27
Quarterly Budget Remaining: $108.73

Do I have plans for that remaining $108? Why, yes, I do! I intend to buy this J.Crew Factory striped breton tee as soon as my freeze is up. I also noticed this month that I kept reaching for a solid-colored skater skirt that doesn’t exist in my closet anymore, so that’s on my wishlist for February as well. I’m interested in trying this one and this one, so we’ll see how that goes.

As always, I’m linking up with Fran and the budgeting bloggers. Be sure to check out what everyone else bought this month! What did you pick up in January?

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