Monthly budget adventures (November 2016)

No Black Friday shopping for me! I’ve already done my shopping for this month, and here’s a sneak peek:

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got, Nov. 2016

fingerless gloves  //  burgundy cargo vest  //  black Spanx leggings  //  heather grey Spanx leggings

Fingerless gloves

My hands and fingers tend to get very cold — pretty much all the time — so I’ve been wanting some fingerless gloves for awhile. My husband listened! At the most recent Wordstock writers’ conference in Portland, he bought a pair of literary-themed, fingerless gloves as a gift for me. The pattern has passages from Pride and Prejudice, one of my personal favorite books! (And these gloves were made by the same creator who made the Anne of Green Gables literary scarf my husband gifted me last year!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Literary-themed fingerless gloves

These were a gift, so I’m not including them in my  monthly budget, but I still wanted to give them a shout-out. And bonus, these gloves make it easier to type on my laptop. A great gift for a blogger or a writer! 🙂

Restocking favorites

I took advantage of a Macy’s Veterans’ Day sale to restock (or extend) some favorites. I so love my olive cargo vest — Erin @ Loop Looks and I swapped cargo vests a few years ago — that I was on the lookout for a similar style in other colors. Then I read about Carylee’s purchase and review of this burgundy cargo vest, and my eyes lit up. (Note:  I read the customer reviews for this burgundy vest on the Macy’s site, and I’m glad I did, because a lot of the reviews gave theadvice to size up because the vest runs small. I bought the vest in the large size — I’m usually a medium on top — and it fits perfectly.) I’ve also already worn this burgundy vest, as seen in yesterday’s post.

I also took the opportunity to replace pairs of black and grey leggings that hadn’t held up and that I had gotten rid of before our move to Tacoma. Spanx leggings are more expensive, yes, but I’ve learned that they are WORTH IT. I now have five pairs of Spanx leggings; these black and heather grey pairs join their siblings in brown, berry, and royal blue.

Librarian for Life + Style | Macy's purchases, Nov. 2016

  • Burgundy cargo vest, American Rag {exact}:  paid $44.50 (original price $69.50, on sale for $54.99 + 20% off sale promotion)
  • Black leggings, Spanx {exact}:  paid $48 (original price $98)
  • Heather grey leggings, Spanx {exact}:  paid $68

Budget recap:

Total spent for this month: $160.50
Total savings for this month:  $75

Total spent for this year:  $474.79
Total savings for this year:  $698.70

What’s in store for next month? I’m hoping to just stick to Christmas presents and gift cards, and finish off the year with under $500 spent on my clothing budget this year. Wish me luck!

Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.


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