Sunday, August 06, 2017

My July 2017 Purchases

Every month, I break down my clothing expenses and share them. My quarterly budget is $500. This amount can be rolled into the next quarter if it's not all spent. My goal is to keep my out of pocket expenses within $2000 a year. Gifts and gift cards don't count towards my budget. Since I've been keeping a budget, I'm much more careful with what I buy, and I will return stuff at the end of the month if I'm not crazy about it after hanging it in my closet.

The summer sales continued into July, and I continued to benefit from them! I knew this was a good time to buy some stuff in preparation for a trip or two down south next winter, so some of my finds have vacation in mind. Most of this was bought on clearance, so not available on-line (sorry).

Hat: Aritzia
Reg $30, on sale for $15
I have such a hard time with sun hats because my head is small. I like ones that come down low so there's less chance of it blowing off. This seems to fit snug, sit low and it's packable.

Tunic: Zara
Reg $30, on sale for $10
I originally bought this when it was $16, then saw it for cheaper so ordered it again and sent the first one back! I'm super excited to finally have a physical Zara store in Halifax this month. I'm sure I'll still continue to order on-line but I will now be able to return to store.

Dress: Ricki's
Reg $50, on sale for $25
I hadn't stepped foot in Ricki's for many many years, but the sale sign in the window drew me in and they had some cute sundresses. This will be perfect for a trip south!

Dress: Gap Factory
Reg $45, on sale for $13.50
Another solid choice for a tropical vacation!

Flip flops: Gap Factory
Reg $30, on sale for $15
I'm really picky with flip flops. I don't like ones that look too casual. I like the perforated leather in these.

Romper: H&M
Reg $70, on sale for $15
I'm obsessed with this color. It's soooo pretty. Rompers make me look short (I know, I AM short....) so I'll have to wear heels with this. Now I need a good party to wear it to....

Hat: H&M
Reg $15, on sale for $7
We all know I love ball hats. This was on opening special for the new H&M at HSC. I love love love the new store. It's so spacious and well laid out with two sets of dressing rooms.

Dress: Uttam Boutique via Brilliant
Reg consignment price $40, on sale for $5
I rarely make it to Brilliant because it's downtown and parking is a nightmare, but I was down that way for work last week and was already parked, so you know... their $5 rack called my name! This is a beautiful fitted dress - with pockets!

Skirt: Club Monaco via Brilliant
Reg consignment price $40, on sale for $5
Cute little skirt with pockets. I'm a sucker for pockets obviously. Ignore the wrinkles.

Pants: Banana Republic
Reg $124, on sale for $16
I have a similar version of this pant in crop style and really like them for work, so when I saw the longer version for this price, I had to have them.They're in the wash, so no photo.  Thick chambray blue trousers with a straight leg.

Reg $46, on sale for $13
The sale was buy one, get one half off, so when I got the above dress, I had to get something else.  I need to replace my black summer cardigan every few years and the current one is on it's last legs. Also in the wash, it's an elbow length black cardigan, looser fit with buttons.

Original price of items: $520
I paid: $140
I saved: 73%

There's $360 left for this quarter's budget. I don't have anything in particular in mind for upcoming buys. Toronto is on my radar this month, as I'll be heading there for BFF's wedding. I won't be downtown, but may have a few minutes to visit the Upper Canada Mall. August always brings fall clothes, but I don't usually feel like buying them til well into September.

I hope you scored some good season-end deals in July!

Glitterary Girl

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