One of my goals for 2015 was to get my shopping budget back on track. I read a great article on Who What Wear that covered how much of your income you should allot for shopping. It is a FANTASTIC overview on what you really should be able to afford. Essentially, the financial expert in the article advises spending 5% of your take-home income on shopping. Of course, bills and other expenses could bring that number down. You know best! Deep down, as much as you may want to spend 5% or 7%…you know if you can afford it!
Before having read that article, I decided to set my budget at $150. It’s actually less than the 5% recommendation in the article, but it is a realistic number for me.
I’ve kind of been dreading writing this post because I know I went over in January. Surprise, surprise, right?! I spent about $200. Of course, I stretched my dollar to the max and am happy with all of my purchases! Here’s a breakdown!
From Old Navy (30% off sale prices):
From Banana Republic (60% off sale prices):
From local boutique Soca Clothing (who was having 60% off sale prices!):
From Forever 21:
From Marshalls (not pictured):
Black Culottes – $10…can’t wait to wear these now that it’s warmer!
I will say, I gave up shopping for Lent, so my February budget is definitely UNDER! YAY! I haven’t been able to wear everything I’ve purchased so far because it’s just now starting to warm up, but to see how I’ve styled some of these items, be sure to follow me on Facebook (Budding Fashionista) and Instagram (@buddingfashionista).
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