November 25, 2012

November Budget Recap

I'm linking up with Franish for Budgeting Bloggers! This is my 3rd month following a budget.

This has been a very lucky month for me. I won two blog giveaways, a Facebook gift card giveaway, and I was contacted by eShakti to review and keep a gorgeous dress, so I've had my fashion and beauty fix while not spending nearly as much money as I usually do.
I want to first give a shout out to two of my favorite blogs to read, where I happened to win the two give aways! First, I won an entire skin care set from Scientific Skincare from Veronika's Blushing! I've been using the set daily since I received it and I can say that my skin feels noticeably smoother, softer, and less dry than normal.
Second, I won two items of clothing and/or accessories from Florence Adams from Marion Berry Style! I am moving on December 1st and after I cleaned out my closet, I realized I don't wear my college "going out tops" to go out anymore - I generally wear the same blouses to work that I wear out at night. So, I picked up two gorgeous blouses from Florence Adams to add some dual-purpose tops to my closet.
I also just started entering Facebook giveaways. At first I was not too keen on "liking" things on Facebook because it adds clutter and I tend to keep my interests and other random things hidden. However, I just gave in and started liking my favorite blogs, companies, and stores a few months ago and it paid off. I won a $50 DSW gift card during their event to thank their customers for helping them reach 1,000,000 followers on Facebook. I went into the store knowing I wanted a pair of mid-low brown heels to wear to work, because again, after cleaning out my closet I realized I had a ton of nude pumps and one pair of brown pointed kitten heels that looked a little dated, but no truly brown classic pumps to wear to work. Given the vast selection at DSW, I was surprised that I didn't find anything I liked in the regularly priced section, but once I got to the clearance section I found a pair of pumps that "spoke to me!" -- a pair of Vince Camuto tortoise shell patent pumps with a lower manageable heel. With the gift card, I only ended up paying ~$10 for the shoes.
My last purchase of the month was this final sale purple cuff bracelet from Ann Taylor for $9.88. I was drawn to the color and the fact that it has a hinge, which means it has a tighter fit around the wrist and won't slip off my hand as I wear it. I love hinge style bracelets as an alternative to bangles.
Total out of pocket $ spent on clothes/accessories/beauty products this month = ~$20! I need more months like this one!

9 comments:

  1. What an amazing month for you! I'm so jealous you won both of those giveaways as I entered too ;) I've won a few giveaways here and there and it's always so exciting to receive something you didn't pay for haha.

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  2. I'm gonna come over there and hug you and hope some of your luck rubs off! What a month! I absolutely love the tops you chose from Florence Adams.


    Samantha @ Sam ipsa loquitur

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  3. What, I'm jealous of how lucky you've been this month! I need to start entering more contests and giveaways!

    xo, alison*elle

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  4. I love the top on the right so cute!! I have been browsing some of your posts getting ideas for boots-- how tall are you? Love your Intyce boots- just ordered a pair- but curious how tall they will be on me. I'm 5'2".


    New follower!


    Xo-L


    simplylowcountry.blogspot.com

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  5. I'm 5'3" so the shaft height should hit you in a good place I think

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  6. Giveaways are the best! It's funny because technically one should have a better chance at winning on smaller blogs because less entries = more probability of winning, but the 3 total giveaways I've won have had hundreds of entries! I should have played the Powerball this week!

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  7. What a great month! I'm starting to track budgets in 2013 to join in with Franish and I'm definitely going to hope for months like this!

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  8. Come back to us soon! I nominated you for the Liebster award - if you have a sec, you can check it out here.

    Samantha @ Sam ipsa loquitur

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  9. Thank you! I am alive..I've been getting home too late to take pics. I'm def going to catch up this weekend!

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