Another month, another budgeting bloggers post!
And y’all, I was sooooooo good this month … until the last week of March. When Sam and I visited Vancouver, BC, during Spring Break, we visited the John Fluevog store there. And I fell in love with a pair of shoes called “Revelation.” Which they were. They are pictured in the collage below, top left.
And then the very nice Canadian sales guy told me they had a Fluevog branch in Portland and advised me to save on taxes (a combined 12%!) and get them there. Which I promptly did our first full day back in Portland — with Sam’s blessing. He called them “once-in-a-lifetime shoes.” Fluevogs are NOT cheap, y’all, but WOW, are they well-made and unique. When the Canadian sales guy asked me how the shoes felt, my response was, “Like I was born to wear them.” Check out my expression of delight below that Sam captured when visiting the Vancouver, BC, branch:
The crossbody bag I purchased as a travel bag for our vacation — and that rubber lining, seen in my post yesterday, definitely was a good call. Using a Macy’s coupon also was a good call, too. 😉 Speaking of savings, I saved over 50% off the original price off the dark green pumps by using another Macy’s coupon — and eventually paid $0 by also using our “Thanks for Sharing” gift card. Woot! I was drawn to the dark green color, which is not a color you see much in shoes. And patent leather is SO practical here in the Pacific Northwest.
And lastly, this necklace was our final purchase from our Vancouver trip. We bought it at Ainsworth Custom Design, a shop on Granville Island, which is known for shops featuring independent artists and craftsmen. This clay-based necklace is by artist Roxanne Gagnon. I love buying jewelry from places we visit, because wearing the jewelry always brings back good travel memories.
- “Relevation” heels in black/beige: John Fluevog, $259
- Fossil crossbody bag: Macy’s, $70.40 (original price $88, used 20% off coupon)
- Orange & black floral patterned necklace: Ainsworth Custom Design, Vancouver BC, $35 ($40 Canadian)
- Marc Fisher “Pacca” pumps: Macy’s, $0 (original price $69, on sale for $48, used $20 off coupon and gift card)
MONTHLY TOTAL = $364.40
MONTHLY SAVINGS = $86.60
I also received a few librarian-themed gifts this month from my husband (he picked up a card catalog t-shirt and a tote bag at a recent conference) and my mom (who sent me a library card clutch). I’ve already worn the t-shirt a couple of times, seen here and here, and you’ll see the library card clutch in action soon.
I also was lucky to win a $20 InPink giveaway this past month, and I selected this pair of black teardrop earrings. I’ve worn them several times, and you can also see them in this post.
So that’s what I got in March! I definitely plan on cooling things down in April.
And for next week, I’ll be back with a Literary Stylings challenge, pics from our Vancouver trip and what I packed, plus the poll to choose your favorite outfit from March. Stay tuned! 😀