Monthly budget (July 2015)

A look at my monthly budget adventures for July… as you can see below, I kept it pretty low-key this month.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I Got (July 2015) collage

Details:  grey trousers {exact}  //  black-and-white striped t-shirt {exact}  //  silver stud earring set {exact}

Replacing basics

I focused on replacing basics again this month. I discovered a hole in black-and-white striped top, seen here, and I lost one of my silver stud earrings. I replaced both recently at Kohl’s using a gift card and discounts. While we were there, I also spied these great trousers! Super comfortable and professional with that “trouser jean” look.

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got at Kohl's (July 2015)

  • Black-and-white striped t-shirt, Croft & Barrow for Kohl’s {exact}:  paid $11 (original price $24, on sale for $15.99, 30% off)
  • Silver stud earrings, Kohl’s {exact}:  paid $21 (original price $30, 30% off)
  • Twill trousers, Gloria Vanderbilt for Kohl’s {exact style}:  paid $17 (original price $34.99, used $11 gift coupon + 30% off)

Dressing room snapshots

I remembered to snap some extra pics of what I did and didn’t buy.

Librarian for Life + Style | Dressing room pics from Kohl's shopping trip

The striped top also comes in red, which I was hoping to also add to my closet, but my size was out of stock in the store and online. I will keep my eye on it, in case it comes back in stock.

Budget recap

TOTAL SPENT for this month:  $49
TOTAL SAVINGS for this month:  $39.99


What’s next?

I have added items to my “to donate” pile and am thinking about trying out the online consignment site, ThredUp.

Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers and these other lovely ladies!


7 thoughts on “Monthly budget (July 2015)

  1. Kezzie

    You’ve done well, the trousers and too are very much my thing too. Ive been relatively well-behaved in terms of clothes and accessory-spending this month which is probably why my bank balance is relatively healthy! I love your disciplined approach to spending, that’s definitely the way to be. Will try and see if i can do something similar.

    When you talk abouy gift cards, are these like vouchers that someone has given you for your birthday?x

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I get gift cards — which could also be called vouchers — a few different ways. I prefer gift cards as presents (both to get and to give — it’s like giving the gift of choice!), so I do get a few around Christmas or my birthday. I also participate in online surveys and get points that I use toward gift cards, and I sometimes convert credit card points toward gift cards. It’s a way that I can help offset the cost of clothing in our monthly budget.

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Most of that savings comes from including the actual costs/value of items I have discovered while thrifting or fashion-swapping. For example, earlier this year, I snagged a St. Johns jacket, which is a really expensive item, and I also scored when my friend Stephanie fashion-swapped me several items. I do find it helpful to keep track of savings, as well as a morale booster! 😉

  2. Cassie

    A lot of people are buying basics this month. That’s not necessarily a bad thing! I like the pants, and those earrings look really versatile!


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