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December 2017 Budget


HOLY MOLY, this month (and YEAR) just flew by. I know everyone says that, but I really can't believe it's the end of the year. I also can't believe that I only bought two things this month! Being sick and then having to catch up on Christmas shopping helped in that regard. (I'm also back on my old medication, which might have helped too. As much as it annoys me to say that, the budget post data doesn't lie.)

  1. Apt. 9 Lace Panel Jumpsuit (Kohls): $60 on sale for $30
  2. Franco Sarto Dandy heels (DSW): $60 - $10 coupon = $50

TOTAL: $80

Yes, I ended up keeping the jumpsuit that I talked about here because once I belted it, I LOVED IT. I felt so fancy! And it's very comfy, which is really the bottom line for most clothes I buy, haha.

I'm not thrilled to have spent $50 on the heels, since they're not something I'll wear regularly. But I didn't have a pair of plain black heels, so at least if I spent a little more, it was on a closet staple (and one that I probably would have already had if my job had a dress code 😂). They're also fairly comfortable (as far as heels go) and are low enough that I can walk in them without flailing about. And the ankle strap is clutch. (I have narrow feet and need to be strapped into anything with a heel!)

I wore both to Christmas Eve Mass (along with a $3 belt I'd found at Plato's over the summer), and I love how my outfit turned out!

I also now have the Senegence concealer. Becky and I had been going back and forth trying to find a good match for my skin tone, and Sandstone Pearl (purchased in September) and then Candlelight (which I later exchanged Sandstone Pearl for) just didn't work for me. But I think the Corrective Color Concealer in Light is finally a winner for this pale Irish lass!

Now, since it's the end of the year, let's total up my budget posts from 2017 and see how much I spent... 


That's $222 more than I spent in 2016, which is a little disappointing, but not crazy. I mean, this year's total is still way better than 2015's ($2,768 YIKES)! Looking back at my budget posts for the past year is also a good reminder that, no matter how excited I am to buy something, that initial excitement does fade, and I don't end up loving/using everything I buy as much as I thought I would. I'm still working to separate shopping from emotion, but I think I'm slowly getting better at it.