January 27, 2013

January 2012 Budget Recap

I'm linking up with Franish for Budgeting Bloggers!
If I thought December was bad, there was no way I could prepare for the damage that was done in January.
Almost all my budgets got blown for various reasons. With clothing, I splurged on a winter coat because I will need one when I go visit my BF in Chicago. Other than the coat, I would have stayed on budget. I purchased 2 J. Crew shirts for myself (gingham and black watch plaid) and I bought my BF a plaid shirt. 
Right: J. Crew Black-Watch Plaid Perfect Shirt, J. Crew Neon Gingham Boy Shirt, J. Crew Men's shirt
My entertainment budget was completely blown because skiing is effing expensive. My food budget was blown because I had many reasons to eat well - New Years, BF's new job, the Tahoe trip, etc. Excuses, excuses, I know. Hopefully next month will be better. With BF leaving town, I'll probably be able to save considerably in the food category. But, when BF leaves town, I entertain myself with shopping. Next month I'll have to practice looking but not purchasing.
I was also finally able to pick up the Red Carpet Manicure set with an Ulta gift card that my BF gave me for my birthday. 
I received the RCM kit in the mail on Friday night and I applied it Saturday night. The application process was straightforward, but since I'm not used to applying nail polish my hands shook a bit and the overall look came out a bit messy on the edges. I hope I'll improve over time. Reviews online say people have the hardest time applying very thin coats of the polish, but I didn't have a problem with this, possibly because I've had Shellac done on my nails so many times I've watched the nail technicians how you get a thin coat and was able to replicate that. Hopefully I will continue taking care of my nails and I'll attain my New Years resolution of growing out my nails :) 


  1. 1. Thanks for linking up this month - I always love seeing what you get!
    2. That jacket is beautiful. I need to get a great businessy jacket like that, and I know the smart thing would be to buy one at the end of the winter but I hate to spend my budget on something I won't get any wear out of. boo :(
    3. still love your black plaid shirt. can't wait to see it on you :)

  2. Girl I feel you. What I didn't spend on clothes, I spent on all other areas of the economy. Literally all other areas.

    Samantha @ Sam ipsa loquitur

  3. That coat is gorgeous! I should start doing a budget like this... To keep on track. I know I spent more on food & dining that I should have this month!

  4. Ahh, sometimes the budgets are just a starting point ;) The coat is gorgeous though, that's such a great item to invest in!

  5. What do you use to track your budget? Is that Mint? I've GOT to get better about tracking mine!!

  6. Yep, it's Mint! I don't love it (it's got some quirks that I dont like, such as having to specify whether food is fast food, groceries, or restaurants..kind of ridiculous) but it is certainly helpful to have my spending mapped out like this :)

  7. I use mint to track my budget too - I hate when the line turns red, makes you feel awful :) I love those JCrew plaid shirts - so versatile!

    I'm visiting from Franziska's link up - so fun seeing how other people budget their clothing purchases!