Sometimes I Shop :: January Buys

I made a few resolutions to myself this year. One was keep track of spending. One was to do more creative projects. I decided to combine the two into a blog post for you guys. Want to see some mediocre drawings of what I bought this month? Yay! Let's do it!

I have always been jealous of the girls who can make such beautiful fashion illustrations. I figure the only way I'll learn is by practicing, so I'm trying it out by drawing what I bought this month instead of just taking pictures. There are a few bloggers who do this, and I really appreciate their transparency about where their shopping budget goes. It can seem like an endless parade of really expensive new stuff, sometimes.

So most of my buys for January were on sale - I think my husband and I finally agreed on a budget of $200 a month for shopping, which gives me plenty to either get one or two really nice things, or hit some sales and get some cheap things. After Christmas sales were my downfall - lots of clearance items and lots of 50% off clearance items sales! My one splurge was the tribal cardi from UO all the bloggers are sporting (I've been seriously lusting after it!). All in all, I spent $182 this month.

I will say, not on this list, are four pairs of shoes from JustFab, because I had store credits with them and that made them all free. Also not pictured: A Justin Bieber tee from Kohl's for $11 because I bought it for his concert and will likely not wear it again (<---- true confession).

What did you buy this month? Any splurges or steals you want to share?

Oh, crap. I just remembered I bought that spiky necklace from last week's Buried Bauble. So that brings my total to $192. Still under budget, though ;)

Edit! Franziska was so cool to host a budgeting bloggers party on her blog - and there are several savvy shoppers sharing how their budgets broke down this month too. Like I said, I love the idea of blogger shopping transparency. Check out her fabulous finds and the rest of the budgeting bloggers here (and join us if you're feeling crazy).