Budgeting Bloggers // May 2014

You guys, it’s time. Time to start budgeting. I think I’ve always needed a budget, but I’ve never implemented one because it’s never been a serious problem. Well…now I’m literally unemployed, and our rent will be almost three times what our mortgage in Indiana was. So…it’s time.

I’ve always enjoyed reading other bloggers’ budget posts, mainly to see what they’ve purchased and to steal gather inspiration. Additionally, I like seeing how cleverly they stay under budget (or, sometimes more realistically, their excuses for why they’ve gone over budget). Therefore, I’m taking the plunge and joining Fran in her Budgeting Bloggers Brigade (I made up the brigade part).

I didn’t have a budget for May, so I’m not really over or under any dollar amount; however, I’m using this post as a way to round up my purchases to gauge how much I’m really spending. This will help me come up with a figure in the next coming months, which may flucuate, depending on when I get a job. So, here are my May purchases. One thing I feel I must note is that this is going to look like an ad for H&M, as most of my purchases were from there. The reason for this is because H&M (and Zara) is the closest shop within walking distance from my hotel, so it’s really the only place I went this month. I don’t normally shop there that much, and this post is NOT sponsored by anyone! 🙂

may 2014 budget


What I Bought
1. H&M gold braided belt // 5.95
2. H&M lime braided belt // 5.95 (not pictured – worn here)
3. H&M leopard print scarf // 6.95
4. H&M fit and flare dress // 24.95
5. Zara black/white striped tank // 9.90
6. Zara grey/white striped tank // 9.90 (not pictured)
7. H&M black belt // 5.95
8. H&M floral ballet flats // 12.95 (worn here)
9. Target yellow beach tote // 9.99
10. H&M jeweled ballet flats // 24.95 (worn here)
11. H&M white sweater // 34.95 (worn here)
12. H&M striped wedges // 34.95 (worn here)
13. Zara printed t-shirt // 24.90 (not pictured because I literally could not find it on the internet)
Total Spent = $209 (nothing was on sale)
Most of these items were purchases on only two separate trips (more like sprees). Living in a hotel has left me reallllly bored, so I definitely went a little overboard; however, I did find a few staples that I’ve been wanting/needing, such as the leopard scarf, skinny black belt, and floral ballet flats. It’s helpful for me to know that I spent around $200 this past month. I definitely should not be spending that much money per month, but I’m hoping I’ll be working in the next couple of weeks, which will cut down on my boredom and time to shop. This information has give me something to think about, and I should be able to come up with a realistic budget to set for next month!

What I Received
1. Eshakti gold crushed silk maxi dress // 129.95

Thanks to Eshakti, I received this beautiful dress free of charge. It’s definitely a very large purchase that I normally would not have been able to make, so I’m very grateful to them. Stay tuned for a review post featuring this dress!

Again, I’m linking up with Franish’s Blogging Budgeters – check out all the other lovely ladies!


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12 thoughts on “Budgeting Bloggers // May 2014

  1. Ginny June 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm Reply

    I really love the wedges, so cute!

  2. Aubrey June 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm Reply

    When I saw all the H&M and Zara, my first thought was, “Tres European”! Love that leopard scarf.

  3. Kristen June 3, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply

    oh my, that yellow dress is gorgeous!!!

  4. Samantha June 3, 2014 at 11:15 am Reply

    I love your purchases. All the shoes and that LBD are especially cute!!

  5. Andi June 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm Reply

    You got some cute stuff! I have that leopard scarf from H&M and love it!

  6. Meghan June 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm Reply

    I have also been on the hunt for a leopard scarf. I can’t imagine living in a hotel for any period of time. I would get super stir crazy! Hope your move goes well!

    • Brittney @ Quirky Britches June 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm Reply

      Thanks! We’re getting there, but our new apartment is a mess, and I’m thinking it’s going to stay that will until well into weekend. I’m the worst at unpacking and organizing!

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