Saturday, June 28, 2014

June budgeting roundup

Ann Taylor sleeveless floral-print shell, Savers, $6.82
A lightweight but dressy-looking top for work. I thought the color combination was pretty and unexpected.

Tommy Bahama linen long-sleeve buttondown, Savers, $11.07
I thrifted a Tommy Bahama silk shell a few months ago, and loved the quality of the fabric. I like that this looks a little like chambray, but will be cooler to wear. 

J. Crew sleeveless linen dress, Savers, $11.08
I need lightweight, work-appropriate dresses for most of the school year, and I think this will be a nice addition to my closet. The armholes gape just a bit, but I think taking in the dress from the back would fix the problem. Someone also did a half-hearted job on shortening the straps, which I will unpick and do properly.

Style & Co. petite print dress, Macy's, $19.24
Another dress that looks promising for work ... it even matches our school colors!

Eddie Bauer gray tee, Sam's Club, $8.38 (not pictured)
I bought this because I wanted to add some embroidered embellishment to the neckline, but for accountability purposes decided to add it to my clothing budget vs. my crafting supplies budget.

TOTAL: $57.95
OVER: $7.95
     I'm a little disappointed that this is the first month with a posted budget in which I've gone over ... but at the same time, I think all of these items will be well-used for work.
** Linking up with Franish's Budgeting Bloggers


  1. Well and if you think about it, minus that grey tee, you'd still be under! Overall, I think you did a good job at sticking to a budget and getting reasonable hardworking pieces in your wardrobe.

  2. Good choices. Isn't Savers great?!

  3. I think you did very well this month! I love thrifting - is Savers a thrift store? I think I saw one about an hour away from us. Some beautiful prints and colors in your finds.

  4. I actually still prefer Goodwill, because they don't price very much based on brands/on-trend items, unlike Savers, where brand names can be running $12 per item. There's nothing like the thrill of finding a pretty top at Goodwill for $4.99! However, my thrifting buddy (a.k.a. mom) prefers Savers. Savers does seem to sort through their items a little more carefully, which is nice, and I can always find tons of work-appropriate tops. They also have a great selection of children's books which I buy to add to my classroom library. So I'd have to say I love both. :)

  5. Thanks, Meghan! When I first saw the Style & Co. dress I thought it would be perfect for July 4th as well, although I'm not sure whether we will brave the crowds to catch the fireworks this year.

  6. Thanks, Carly! I'm excited about wearing all of these pieces, and I plan to take in the J. Crew dress this week so I can get some summer use out of it too. Yes, Savers is a thrift store. We have more Goodwills here than Savers, but it's nice to have two different thrift stores!

  7. ElleSees.blogspot.comJune 30, 2014 at 3:48 AM

    not bad at all!! i have to say

  8. very cool pics you have there! nice job!

  9. I understand. I was surprised to discover that different Savers stores differ, often quite dramatically. My main store is huge and terrific; I then visited a few others, expecting them to be as great, and they were disappointments. I've never been to a Goodwill and want to try one.

  10. ami@naivecookcooksJuly 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Great job girl!! You are doing great with the budget!!

  11. I love those two dresses!! There aren't really great thrift stores in fact most are just as expensive, if not MORE so than the regular stores! So I'm always jealous of people who have good ones near them.


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