budget update shopping what i bought

what i bought in september

This is the first budget post I’ve been really excited to write. After deciding to adjust my budget last month, I feel like I finally, actually budgeted this month. And you know what? I still bought a ton of stuff that I’m really excited about. I was more conscious of my spending, as well as my earning. I put a lot of thought into what I was buying in the now and how it would play into my closet (and my budget) in the months (and years!) to come. That said, here’s what I bought!

What I Bought:

what i bought september

Old Navy Chambray Shirt
Old Navy Black Fit and Flare Skirt (worn here)
Old Navy Black and White Striped Breton Tee
Old Navy Burgundy Fit and Flare Skirt
Old Navy High-Rise Vintage Flare Jeans (worn here)
Old Navy Faux-Leather Booties
J.Crew Factory Pleated Shift Dress
Old Navy Utility Shirt
Madewell Emporia Plaid Tee via Poshmark
Old Navy Lace-Up Flats
J.Crew Factory Crystal Sunburst Earrings (worn here)
Old Navy Gold Faux-Leather Clutch (worn here)
Old Navy Chartreuse and White Striped Breton Tee (not pictured, worn here)
Forever 21 Mustard Peter Pan Collar Blouse via Poshmark (not pictured)
Sole Society Black Flats via Poshmark (not pictured)

Total Spent: $355.18
Total Earned on Poshmark: $151
Budget Spent: $204.18 (of $250)

So, first thing’s first, I accidentally threw away all my receipts right before writing this post because I was cleaning for a house guest. I had written down all of my order totals, so I know how much I spent, but I don’t have the dollar amount to share for each item like I usually do. Know that I got a bunch of stuff with discounts (hellooo, Labor Day!) and actually waited for a few full price things to go on sale before buying them. Yay me!
Second thing’s second (is that part of the phrase? I always feel weird using it), this is the first month that I’ve sold clothes on Poshmark! And I sold a lot!! I sold 12 pieces in the month of September, after having complained in this month’s goal post that I hadn’t sold a single thing. I’ll write more in next week’s small goal post about how I made it happen, but it was really nice to have a little extra spending money going into a new season!
Using Poshmark is also helping me stick to a one in, one out type of method. It’s not an exact science or anything, but it’s nice to know that I can sell at a similar rate as I’m shopping, allowing me the space and funds to do so.

I hadn’t actually put much thought into rollover between months because I didn’t anticipate having any. However, I’m planning on buying a pair of clogs next month, most of which cost around/upwards of $100. Believe me, I’m scouring Posh, thredUP, etc. DAILY looking for a pair so I don’t have to pay full price, but I think it’s just one of those pieces I have to invest in. I’m looking at either this Moheda pair from Fine Life Co. (which is currently sold out, but supposedly coming back in stock soon) or this pair of Danskos that my friend, a barista on her feet all day, swears by. Neither shoe is known to go on sale, so the $46 rollover to next month will be a big help!
Overall, I’m really happy that I switched to a monthly budget so far! Every time I bought something, I wrote it down. I was thoughtful about what I could afford this month, and what I should wait until another month to buy. OMG and I made so many returns! Poshmark has forced me to figure out how mail works (finally!), so I returned several things this month that didn’t work, that I previously would have begrudgingly held onto.

What I Received:

what i bought september2

As always, I want to be transparent and share what I received from brands who support this blog. I’ve got an exciting post coming up with ModCloth after sharing this mustard dress in my recent round up of their pre-fall arrivals. Stay tuned for that! I also have an ongoing partnership with Shopbop, and this month I used some of my credits to get this amazing vegan leather jacket that I’ve literally been dreaming about for two months. It’s so soft, y’all. Plus, I was extra stoked to add an olive statement piece to my fall closet thanks to my results in a certain Internet quiz.
I’m linking up with Fran and the budgeting bloggers, per usual, so be sure to check them out!
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