The Budding Fashionista on a Budget

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Sometimes I think I have a slight addiction to shopping. When I’m bored, it fills the time. When I make a new purchase, I feel a sense of excitement! (I can say, if I’m upset, it does not really cheer me up.)  I just love to shop! I love to get great deals on clothes! It’s my hobby. Just like a fisherman loves casting for that next big catch, I’m out there fishing for deals and looking for my next big catch. Mine just happens to not be slimy, scaly and smelly.

So, this little hobby of mine also comes with a price tag.

While I am pretty good about setting a budget for bills and groceries, gas, etc. I am not good about budgeting for shopping. I kind of have the mindset that anything I have left over is fair game! I know, I have a lot to learn. Honestly, I will spend anywhere from $200-$400 on clothes (my children’s clothes included) in a month. That may be chump change to some of you, but I cringe as I look at that number. I can do so much better! I need to be more responsible!

So, here I am…on my path to responsibility. It’s October. I could procrastinate and wait for January and make this my New Year’s resolution. But that’s just stupid. The time is now, people! Set a goal and work to achieve it NOW! Not January first, or the first of next month. My change starts now.

Because I went a little berserk last month (I will have to do another post on September purchases alone), for the rest of 2013, I am going to do my best to spend no more than $100/month on clothing. Is that possible? It better be!

My mind is already reeling with the things I want to buy and how I’m going to max out my budget. These are on my “to get” list this month: ripped jeans and pretty heels of some sort. The rest will go toward kids’ fall clothes.

I found these on for a mere $24! I love the price and I love that these come in a longer length (a huge issue for me), but I’m concerned the ripping may be too much for someone who has never intentionally owned jeans with a single hole in them! So I have not pulled the trigger, although I keep getting drawn back to them. What do you think??? I am determined to be 100% happy, so I will hit up a couple of other local stores before I tap into the funds.


As for shoes, I keep seeing all of these real fashionista bloggers and their pretty and/or pointy soles. So, I’m looking for something along the lines of these…only for a lot less! Each of these is about $100. Boo! But I am sure I will find something comparable and much more affordable at DSW, Ross or T.J. Maxx.

And, before I created the budget, I had already ordered this dress from Old Navy. It only ended up being $14! It was on sale for $19, plus I got 30% off as a cardholder (20% for non-cardholders) during the Stuff & Save Sale, which ends 10/10/13. So, I will go ahead and include it in this month’s budget.


**I do have a little cheating confession. Most of you know, I won a contest for the Outlet Shops of Grand River. So, for the next two months, I will get a shopping budget of $150 to spend at the outlets. Here’s what I purchased last month.


That obviously boosts my shopping budget. If I’m able to find any of my “wish list” items at the outlets, then that will just be money I can put somewhere else…like, saving for a Louis! 😉

When my $100 is spent, I will follow up and let you all know what I scored… Let the games begin!

By Vanessa Culpepper


6 thoughts on “The Budding Fashionista on a Budget

    Chic in Academia said:
    October 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    We will have to coordinate when we wear the Old Navy dress because I ordered one earlier this week!! $14 was definitely too hard to pass up!


    Netalia said:
    October 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    So, what are your thoughts on women our age with ripped jeans? My daughter is almost 14 & I won’t let her wear them. At 33, are we past our acceptable point to wear them? I saw some cute ripped skinnies at NY&Co. (Only place that has jeans that compliment my size 12 curves). I would love to hear your thoughts….


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      October 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      So, ripped jeans. I am seeing them on a lot of women–fashion bloggers, in particular. I have never really been a big fan, but I am really digging them in a dressed up way. I plan on pairing them with heels only. The only reason I have changed my view on them, is the way they give a little edge to a normally polished look. I rather prefer them on adults than teens. Just because when a teen where’s them, it just reinforces that negative stereotype that come with teens being sloppy, disrespectful or rebellious. That’s just my opinion! 🙂


    Kathryn C Lang said:
    October 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Love love love that you are starting NOW! Looking forward to hearing more about your great buys – and be sure to include what you find for the kids!


      Budding Fashionista responded:
      October 10, 2013 at 5:05 am

      Thank you, Kathryn! I’ve had other requests to include more kids’ purchases, so I’ll definitely add those! Thanks for reading! I really appreciate the feedback! Can’t wait to follow up on this post!


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