Monthly budget adventures (January 2017)

It’s my first monthly budget adventures post of 2017! I also wrote a post earlier this month about how I view shopping and what my mom taught me about clothes-shopping.

This month was all about going back to basics!  Here’s a sneak peek at what I got this month:

Librarian for Life + Style | What I got (January 2017)

Top row (left to right):  charcoal yoga pants  //  light grey yoga pants  //  black-and-burgundy bootcut yoga pants

Bottom row (left to right):  white over-the-knee socks  //  hiking socks  //  slipper socks  //  Milani “Cabaret Blend” lipstick

Over-the-knee socks

I really focused on basics this month, including several pairs of over-the-knee boot socks. Daenael @ Living Outside the Stacks always has interesting boot socks, so I asked her advice on where to get over-the-knee boot socks, and she recommended Target. I also got a few pairs of pointelle boot socks at Payless, as they were having a BOGO 1/2 off sale.

Librarian for Life + Style | Boot socks from Target and Payless

Socks + slippers

I have worn through my first pair of slipper socks that I got a year ago at Payless, so I picked up a new pair of slipper socks during our recent Target run. I love the berry color!

  • Hiking socks, Target:  paid $7.60 (original price $8, used Target card for 5% off)
  • Cable slipper socks, Target:  paid $12.35 (original price $12.99, used Target card for 5% off)

Librarian for Life + Style | Socks and slipper socks from Target

All about comfort

I prefer to wear comfy yoga pants when I’m at home, so I picked up three more pairs during our Target shopping trip. I’m all about comfort!

Librarian for Life + Style | Yoga pants from Target

New lipstick

This was admittedly an impulse purchase during a recent grocery trip at our local Fred Meyer store. I just really liked this dark wine color, so I took a chance on it, even though I’ve never used the Milani brand of makeup before.

Librarian for Life + Style | Milani lipstick collage

Budget recap

Total spent for this month: $97.29
Total savings for this month:  $15

Total spent for this year:  $97.29
Total savings for this year:  $15


This month, I definitely focused on more casual, comfy clothing that I wear mostly around the house. I really should do a post about what I wear at home… note to self. 😉 Yoga pants and socks are the kinds of items I rarely buy purposefully, but they have to be among the most-worn items in my closet! I feel like the overall theme for this month — or perhaps even for the year? — is a “back to basics” theme.


Linking up with Fran’s Budgeting Bloggers.

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