What I got with gift cards (March 2013)

This month, I admit, I went a little overboard with the spring shopping. I added 1 jacket, 1 pair of pants, 1 cardigan, 2 skirts, 2 dresses, 2 silk scarves, and 3 tops to my wardrobe. However, I still stuck to my yearly shopping rule of only buying new items of clothing with gift cards, and I ended up spending less than $50 total for the whole month!

How? Sam and I convert our credit card rewards points about every 6 months, and this month, I converted the remainder of our points into two $100 gift cards, one for Macy’s and the other for Old Navy. I even split the $100 Old Navy gift card with my husband to add some new spring items to his side of the closet. 🙂 I also made use of two $25 eShakti gift coupons (one for signing up as a first-time buyer) plus the 20% coupon code I blogged about earlier this month.

So let’s get to the clothes:

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got with gift cards (March 2013)

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got with gift cards (March 2013)

Warning: There are lots of numbers and percentages below, for those of you who like the budget breakdown. If not, just skip closer to the bottom for the total spent.

  • Red cotton jacket, Macy’s (original price $79):  On 40% sale + extra 20% store coupon + gift card = $0
  • Black & white striped dress, Old Navy (original price $24.95):  On sale for $15 + gift card = $0
  • Blue cotton dress, Old Navy (original price $24.94):  On sale for $15 + gift card = $0
  • Cropped striped cardigan, Old Navy (original price $15):  On sale for $12 + gift card = $0
  • Khaki ankle pants, Macy’s: (original price $49):  On 40% sale + extra 20% store coupon + gift card = $0
  • Green, blue & black patterned top, Macy’s (original price $49):  On final clearance for $12 + extra 20% store coupon + gift card = $0
  • Black & white polka-dotted top, eShakti (original price $54.95):  On 30% sale + $25 gift coupon + 20% off discount code = $16 ($9 of that was shipping, so the top was really $7)

Librarian for Life + Style | Echo silk scarves

This month, I was also lucky enough to be the recipient of two silk scarves from Echo, seen above, via a giveaway (more details here).

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got with gift cards (March 2013)

  • Cotton/linen floral skirt, eShakti (original price $49.95):  On 30% sale + $25 gift coupon + 20% off coupon code = $16 (again, $9 of that was shipping, so the skirt came to $7)
  • Eyelet skirt, Necessary Objects via resale shop (original price $50-$60?):  20% off gift coupon = $15
  • Black & white striped sleeve top with tie, Macy’s (original price $59):  On 50% clearance + gift card = 74¢

Total spent:  $47.74

Looking over my purchases for the month, I am pleased to be gravitating toward more color, pattern and/or texture. And I did go back and purchase those two additional pieces I mentioned in last month’s budget breakdown post (the khaki tummy-control trousers + the black & white top from Macy’s). Waiting was worth it, as both items were even more on sale the second time around!

However excited at the deals I was able to score this month — and there were a LOT of sales this month, what with spring transitions and Easter — I will definitely be toning it down in April.

Hope y’all are having a great weekend! I’ll be back tomorrow with an extra-special Easter Sunday post. 🙂

Link ups:  Budgeting Bloggers

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8 thoughts on “What I got with gift cards (March 2013)

  1. Franziska

    I’m so proud of you for sticking to your guidelines and it just goes to show you how well people on budgets/gift cards 😉 can do when shopping! You’ll get a lot of wear out of your new pieces. I’m so jealous of your giveaway win!

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  2. Ana

    Wow! You did an amazing job with your budget this month! I love the scarf and all the color you are adding to your wardrobe! 🙂

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  3. Pixie in Pumps

    you did great! Look at all those amazing things you got! you really did shop smart, I looked at converting my credit card points into gift cards, but I wasn’t sure if it was a better deal in the long run then converting to cash.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Thanks, Jenni! And wow, you have a super-duper table and everything in your budget posts — well done! I find it works better for me to convert into gift cards (I thought about converting to cash, as well) because it keeps me focused — both in terms of wish lists and in terms of setting boundaries for price limits. (Cash is too easy for me to then overspend or spend on something else, like lattes. Or muffins. Where was I? 😉 ) Also, I like to view it as a challenge or a puzzle… what can I find at THIS store? Does this store match my style? It’s opened my eyes to the possibilities… like discovering that fab line of tummy-control trousers at Macy’s! 😉

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