Making better shopping choices – budgeting bloggers

This past month I decided to set myself a challenge to only spend a set amount on clothes, shoes and accessories. One fashion blogger I follow is Franish who shares what she buys each month, along with a group of Budgeting Bloggers. They each stick to their own budgets and at the end of each month share all their purchases, take a look at this month’s post right here. I like the idea of this and from reading their posts over the past few months not only have I realised that this is a hard thing to do, but also it makes you think a lot more about what you are spending. In fact there have been quite a few times since I started reading their posts that I’ve mentally totted up what I spend a month and been slightly appalled at the high figure and the lack of complete outfits to show from it! Plus I want need new running trainers soon and I want to be able to buy them with real money rather than the plastic kind! So this month I’ve decided to give it a go and thus settled on £140 as my total. It might sound like a lot, but it’s an amount that I can afford and it’s less than I spend most months so It’s probably still going to be hard to do. Ideally I’d like to spend closer to £120 but I thought that to start with it would be better to give myself more for the first month in the hope that I can actually complete this challenge rather than cause an epic failure and then not attempt it again!

So here’s what I’ve purchased in May.

May Clothing

1. Black maxi skirt – £12.80 (original price £16.00), Dorothy Perkins in the Debenhams Blue Cross sale. I’ve been looking for a long black skirt for a good couple of months, it’s something that I can see myself wearing a lot over the summer; at work, on weekends and of course on holidays. But I haven’t been able to find one. I’ve been after the Primark version and they never have it in my size, so when I saw this one in the Debenhams blue cross I knew I had to grab it. It’s only a little bit more that the Primark one, but I know it’s by far a better quality version.

2. Cream cardigan – £5.00 (half price), H&M – a bit of a boring one, but again I’ve been after a neutral coloured basic cardigan for ages. This one was half price in the pre summer sales so I snapped it up asap, I’ve already worn it loads of times too.

3. Leopard print Converse – £44.99, Office – More converse have been in my mind since Christmas and even made it onto my birthday list, though they weren’t received. I’ve actually been eyeing these up since the beginning of the month, but finally gave in and bought them a few days ago. I’m still waiting for them to be delivered so I haven’t actually been able to wear them yet, but I can’t wait. With the UK weather still pretty miserable these are going to be perfect for those days when pumps won’t do. I wanted something a bit lighter than my normal converse and also a bit more exiting. Let’s be honest, these are certainly going to jazz up any outfit!

4. Red Herring aztec print t-shirt – £14.40 (original price £18.00), Debenhams Blue Cross sale – this is one of those purchases where I saw it and had to have it. I love the colour and the print of this, it’s just makes me smile looking at it. Also the number of compliments I’ve had wearing it means it was definitely worth it. I actually tried this on with the black skirt and it’s a ready made outfit so here’s hoping we’ll have some sunny weather soon so that it can have it’s first outing!

5. Blazer – £47.50 (using a 15% off voucher) Gap – yes, a blazer, I finally found a blazer. I am super excited about this. I’ve been needing a casual blazer for ages now as I have to keep borrowing one of my sister’s three (yes she has three and I have none), if I want to wear something other than my leather jacket or winter coat! This has a gorgeous striped lining as well as luminous orange piping which make it a bit more fun than just your normal bog standard grey blazer. I’m tempted to change the buttons to something a bit more exciting, but I’m not sure what yet. Watch this space.

I make that a grand total of £124.69

Surprisingly I am under budget this month, which I’m quite impressed with as at one point I certainly thought that I was going to go over, but I managed to reign myself in and honestly I definitely put more thought into what I was buying. I’m pleased I have been able to tick off two big purchases this month, items that I have been needing and searching for for a good few months- the blazer and the converse.

This month I did return a pair of shorts which helped as they were a bit too big. Plus I also returned a couple of things that i’d bought last month which gave me £45 back. It was tempting to add this onto May’s total to give myself more to spend, but then I realised that I should put it towards my running shoes instead. I’ve got my eye on quite a pricey pair of Nikes, so I’m going to need every little bit!

I think i’m definitely going to carry on with this monthly budget malarkey next month. Although for June I think i’ll cut the budget down to £120, It’s more what I want to spend and this month has shown that I can do it.

I did also order two pairs of jeans in the Gap sale. This pair and this pair. I’ve been admiring these for ages and now there in the sale I had to purchase them, plus i’ve been after some news skinny jeans for ages. I don’t plan on keeping both pairs but I just want to see which colour look best. These will be part of next month’s budget seeing as they haven’t yet arrived, but I wanted to share them with you all and let you know that Gap have some great items in their sale at the moment.

One more note that might amuse you is this… When I mentioned I was going to stick to a monthly clothes budget to my youngest sister she was shocked. And I don’t mean shocked by me sticking to a budget – although I’m sure that was probably part of it, but shocked by how much I was planning to spend on clothes a month. She didn’t understand how I could spend that much. Let me first explain that she’s a student so she does have limited amount of money to live off. Plus as a student she can wear the same pair of ripped jeans and hole ridden jumper three days in a row without anyone batting an eyelid. I on the other hand have a job to look presentable for. Thank god I don’t have to wear smart suits though – that would eat into my monthly budget even more! The other thing about Becca is that she’s very particular about buying clothes. Every item has to be exactly what she wants. If it’s got one too many buttons, is the wrong shade of blue or looks a little off then she won’t buy it – the perks of being a skinny Minnie – which is great, but sometimes her persnickety-ness works against her. For me I’m still getting out of the mindset that something fits therefore I have to buy it. I don’t have to do that anymore I can be pickier, I can be fussy. But honestly it’s hard to get there. I guess after 15 plus years of having to find things that fit, It’s a bit of a luxury to but things that I like. Come to think of it this is possibly why I’ve been overspending recently!

Does anyone else have a monthly budget? How do you do each month? Please let me know below/leave links I’d be intrigued to learn more.

Lau xxx

p.s. Fifibean did you spot your favourite word? I’m kind of imagining you laughing as you read it! :p


9 thoughts on “Making better shopping choices – budgeting bloggers

  1. Having a budget is a really personal thing, so it’s hard sometimes to share how much you spend on clothes, like how your sister was appalled about how much you plan to spend. One of my male coworkers asked me how much I spend on clothes a month and I told him around $150 and he was lke ‘OMG THAT’S SO MUCH”. Then I asked him how much he spent at the bar last weekend and he said $200. So we just have our own priorities, me and you like to go buy some fun closet pieces, and he likes to go drink. I’m just glad you decided to join us – I can’t wait to see how the next couple of months go for you!

    • You’re exactly right it is all about personal preferences. Thanks for the inspiration. Here’s to next month going well too!

  2. I love that blazer! Yay for finding the perfect one!

    Deciding how much to budget can be so difficult. But it’s whatever works for you (as long as you’re not going into debt or anything)! When people seem appalled by how much I spent on something (like when we bought our dog) I always ask them how much they spend on cable. We don’t have cable so that’s always my excuse for spending more on anything haha!

  3. I have a small problem with converse sneakers and I’ve finally pared down to 3 pairs (black, white and a fun grey/pink pair) but I might have to go nuts and look for that leopard pair! Great buy!

    I also agree with Fran about people’s priorities. I get the judgemental looks about my designer shoes or bags from friends and family, but they spend money on things that I find ridiculous (like bar tabs, sports, and Disney!) When my husband and I got together, he was horrified that I would spend $300 on a pair of shoes, but he spends that much and more for a light for his mountain bike, or a new golf driver. Once I put it that way, he realized I don’t bike or golf, so we spend the same amount, but he keeps his money in the garage and I keep mine in the closet. Good luck with your budget. It’s been an eye-opening experience for sure!

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