Or, how I got ahead of my budget by summer’s end. I was on track all year at $125 per month spending. Then getting some peeptoe booties in July and the swimsuit ordering caper that lasted into August set my budget back. I was only into next month’s spending at that point, but late August and September continued to see me ordering many fall items on my list. Here’s the gory details:
Now I am left with $200 (instead of the $375 I should have at this point) and 3 items I still really want off my list. Namely, slip on sneakers, jeans, and a sweater. Ideally, I can slow my roll and buy just one of each of these items a month, up to the end of my shopping year. First that means waiting until October to purchase the sneakers. I have 2 pair in mind and slowing down is actually helping me to make a careful decision between them. At first I wanted the shiny silver Vans. But then my BF pointed out that I have plenty of silver shoes (he’s right). So I went back to the wine colored Dr. Scholl’s that caught my eye. They just scream fall, lol. BUT, they would not be so great for work because you can’t wipe spills off flannel fabric. I may end up buying the wine ones this year ($50) and the silver at the start of next ($70).
As for the jeans, I don’t have a specific pair in mind, but know that I need more to rotate in for my job. Now that I don’t have to wear black uniform pants I found that really only 2 pair of jeans are work worthy. That is, comfortable enough to run around the restaurant in. A third pair is definitely in order. I imagine I will spend up to $100 for whatever pair I decide on. I also think this will be an in-person purchase. I have ordered jeans online before and it takes a lot of trying on and returning to get the right fit. This time around I want to go to brick and mortar stores even if that means paying more.
Lastly, I have a few sweaters on my shopping list but know that I can only afford to buy one with my remaining budget. Either ombre/dip dye or an asymmetric if I’m forced to make a choice. I have enough ‘regular’ sweaters to get by. I have my eye on a Vince dip dye on eBay but it’s a bit more $$$ than I have budget for. Might have to wait until the jeans and shoes are bought to see what I really have left to spend. It’s hard to see what I like and know I want, but wait on it to see if I can budget for it. But it’s good for me. Right??
Basically, I got carried away the last 2 months and am going to have to pay the proverbial price for it to get back on track to finish out the year. I think I can do it, though. I’m excited to try anyway. I know realistically I don’t need anything for the remainder of the year. But we know it’s not just about what we need when it comes to clothes shopping!