What I got with gift cards (June 2013)

Round up the receipts… it’s time for another budgeting bloggers post!

This month, I shopped with a $10 DSW rewards coupon (for DSW members), a $25 Target gift card (earned from surveys), a combined $35 in gift coupons for eShakti, and a $30 credit at our local thrift store (from consigning two side tables that no longer fit our new home’s living room).

So here’s what I got with a starting value of $100 in gift cards:

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

Red, white & navy floral dress, eShakti (original price $79.99):  $10 gift coupon + $25 gift card + 30% off store coupon + 40% off overstock = $18.51 

And $11.95 of that total was shipping, so the dress itself was less than $7! I need to do a little bit of work to get this dress to fit just right in the bustline, but it’s still a beautiful summer dress. The best part is the bright, cheerful pattern, and it’s lined in a breathable cotton.

Navy silk halter dress, Maggy London label, thrifted (original price ?, Maggy London dresses on Macys.com average about $130):  on sale for $12 + thrift store credit = $0

Classic shape + color = a fabulous thrift store find that will last me for years! Its first outing will be at a formal event at my upcoming library conference.

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

Sleeveless shell in spirograph print, Charter Club (original price ?, other similar Charter Club tops at Macys.com are in the $20-$30 range):  On sale for $5 + thrift store credit = $0

This sleeveless top has special details like vented sides and buttons up the back. I’m already picturing this top with my tan capris.

Striped pencil skirt, Target Merona (original price $22.99 — came with original tags!):  On sale for $7.50 + extra 20% clearance rack + thrift store credit = $0

I’ve already won this striped pencil skirt, as seen here.

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

More patterned additions to my wardrobe! And obviously, the color navy is this month’s shopping MVP. Now all I need are some navy shoes… 😉

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

Crossbody bag + jewelry set:  Gifts from my mom = $0

I mentioned my family reunion’s annual auction in this post, and my mom gave me a couple of the treasures she picked up at the auction, including this bicycle-themed crossbody bag (so perfect for Portland!) and the necklace-and-earring set in different shades of blue.

Athletic shoes, Jambu at DSW (original price $59.95): 30% off sale + $10 DSW gift card = $31.96

I’ve already worn these athletic walking shoes, as seen here. Sam and I are planning a summer of urban hikes throughout Portland to get to know our city better, and I was on the lookout for some athletic shoes that were less clunky than my hiking boots and had a bit of style. Mission accomplished — and they were on the clearance rack! This strappy pair (the straps velcro on the side, which will be great for when my feet expand!) is also water-ready, so I can also take them to the lake or the beach.

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

Polka-dotted and striped tote bags:  Gifts from my mom = $0

Both of these cute, patterned tote bags come with extras:  the polka-dotted bag has matching flip flops, and the striped bag has a smaller  bag in the same striped pattern. I love how my mom has added more pattern into my wardrobe and accessories! 🙂

Black bag, Target Mossimo (original price $32.99):  5% off with Target red card = $31.34

I bought this bag for my upcoming library conference, so we’re actually filing this one under our “School & Professional” budget line instead of our “Clothing” budget line. But I’m still including it here in this post. The crossbody strap and roomy interior make it good for travel — that was the goal! — while the shape and color are quite classic.

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

Charcoal maxidress, Target Mossimo (original price $29.99):  $25 Target gift card + 5% off with Target red card + free shipping = $3.49

I juuuuust received this in the mail yesterday. Last week, Sam and I went to a local Target store to try on a host of maxidresses — I find I really have to try things on more and more now, and I was determined to find a black or grey maxidress — and fell in love with the cowl shape and heathered charcoal color of this particular maxidress. The only problem? They didn’t have this particular color in my size. So I went online and ordered it instead. 🙂

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

Swim shorts (original price $40) and halter tankini swim top (original price $30), Fred Meyer:  50% off clearance = $35

I’ve been wanting a new swimsuit for awhile — it’s been more than 6 years! — and was on the lookout for separates. For comfort’s sake, I wanted either a full-coverage skirted bottom or swim shorts. I felt both cute AND covered in this combo — and even felt comfortable enough to come out of the fitting room to show my husband this swimsuit. In public. Under harsh store lights. That was a BIG step for me. And yellow! Another unexpected choice. 😀

 Total spent:  $120.30 

Not a bad total, considering the amount I actually ended up with this month. And when you do take into account the extra discounts and store sales, I definitely ended up saving more than I spent. A few items were purchases that were more spur-of-the-moment, like the thrift store finds and the eShakti dress. But the swimsuit, walking shoes, maxidress, and travel bag were all planned out in advance — and I checked off two items from last month’s list! What’s in store for next month? I’ve been saving up survey points for another gift card, so the main goal is to get as close to $0 out-of-pocket as possible!

Link ups:  Budgeting Bloggers  /  Look What I Got


11 thoughts on “What I got with gift cards (June 2013)

  1. Erin @ Loop Looks

    Which survey sites do you use? Mine seem to take forever to rack up points!!

    And your swimsuit top is so cute. I love the punch of yellow with the black and white. Also, AWESOME fancy dress thrift store find. I’ve heard that the Goodwill closest to me is pretty decent so I might head over there this weekend and check it out.

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      We’ve got a decent Goodwill close to us, as well as a couple of other local thrift stores (including one literally a block away from our house!). I’m excited to try out both my new swimsuit, navy halter dress AND maxidress this weekend at ALA! 🙂

  2. Catherine Fulger-Davis

    Great choices! I love the Navy silk halter dress.

    I love Goodwill and thrift stores. I recently found out that I am in my 1st trimester. I’m going to look for some skirts at Goodwill that I can convert to pregnancy clothes by adding a stretchy stomach panel. No sense spending lots on clothes that I will only wear for a short time. 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Oh wow, congratulations! That’s a good plan, to convert thrift store finds into maternity clothes. And I’ve heard that using regular, stretchy skirts and dresses are good, too, for maternity wear. Do you follow Still Being Molly? She’s a momma-to-be and has been showcasing her maternity style on her style blog 🙂


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