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March 2015 budget

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I can now report that my two-month clothes shopping ban and capsule wardrobe have been a success! Wait, WHAT? How did that happen?! Well, I had little interest in shopping for clothes overall and then, on the rare occasion that I considered breaking the ban, I stopped myself. Wow! Go self control! I won't lie though--I did buy some clothes (and a beautiful ring and some bracelets) in Chicago, but I'm not counting those things here because vacation=fun times! I'm just not allowing myself to wear the new clothes until April 1, since I did commit to sticking to only things already in my closet for the two month capsule. (Rats.) Other purchases this month included:

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  1. Medina amethyst studs: $24 (Chloe + Isabel)
  2. Tiara midi ring (or normal ring, in my case!): $28 (Baublebar)
  3. Constellation ear crawler in rose gold: $32 (Baublebar)
  4. Baggu canvas duck bag: $26 (Amazon)
  5. Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid serum: $22 on sale for $18 (Ulta)
  6. Reviva Labs Firming Eye Serum: $19 on sale for $16 (Ulta)
  7. Target patterned duffel bag: $34 on sale for $10 (can't seem to find it now!)

Total: $154

Total remaining in quarterly budget: $161 + $8 (leftover from JM exchange below) = $169-154= $15

(I wound up returning the Josie Maran exfoliating powder I bought last month because it wasn't the sort of thing my sensitive skin could handle everyday. I exchanged it for the new YSL lip oil that everyone seems to be in love with!)

Favorite purchase(s): I LOVE the ear crawler set; it's so cute and different without being in-your-face. I love shy statement jewelry :) I'm also really impressed with the hyaluronic acid serum thus far. I happened to be verging on a breakout when I bought it, and after using just the serum and moisturizer (i.e., no acne-specific treatment) for two days, I was shocked to see those zits totally soothed and healed! My skin is a constant battleground of dryness, redness, breakouts, scarring, huge pores--ugh!--so I'm always looking for that amazing fix-it-all product. Could this serum be it?!

Most disappointing purchase: After reading rave reviews for the Baggu duck bag, I expected to be thrilled with it. It's not bad--definitely light-weight and able to be crammed full of stuff (as my bf and I promptly discovered when we used it to smuggle candy into the movies!)--but the strap is waaay too short to be an effective crossbody. I love when a bag can pull double duty, so that revelation was a bummer.

Linking up with Franish's Budgeting Bloggers!

 

Ok so can I ACTUALLY spend only $15 next month?? After a two-month long clothing ban with spring fashions now available?! That seems... challenging. I've actually begun to rethink how I budget, as it's sort of started a "deprivation then binge" cycle--I beat myself up for how much I've spent, hold myself strictly to the budget at the end of the month (when I've gone over) and then buy a million things once the budget resets (and feel guilty). NOT FUN. I need to come up with some way to shop responsibly without feeling deprived. Geez, this is starting to sound like a diet gone wrong! To end on a less depressing note, how cute is the ring I found in Chicago (while singing along to Janis Joplin as Timmi was picking out crystals)?!

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Hearts are my jam, and the fact that it is perfectly imperfect just seemed so approp, in light of Rebirthday #2  :)