Yes, I am posting a budget post this month. No, I did not break my October shopping ban! I can hardly believe it. And it wasn't even that hard! I attribute a lot of that to being busy with the wedding and also the fact that Michael still needs to find a job in Portland, which means I will be paying rent by myself until then, so I can't afford to make many unnecessary purchases.
The reason I have purchases to share is due to a Nordstrom Note I had on my account and the booties I mentioned in last month's post. I did order them in September, but I didn't receive them until October and wasn't sure that they would fit. I haven't received the sweater I ordered yet either, so it's possible that it may be returned. I've had my eye on it for a while though (I love the stripes, the length, and that green color!) so when it went 40% off I knew I had to use part of my Nordstrom Note on it. (The Note is from paying for Michael's alterations on his wedding outfit with my Nordstrom card. So I did spend the money initially, but it was a necessary expense so I'm treating the Note like a gift card.)
These are a more expensive purchase than I usually make, but I desperately wanted these for Christmas last year. I asked too many people so I ended up getting two pairs--one from my mother-in-law and one from my dad. But I asked for my regular size, so they were too small. The sizes were picked over at that point, so I searched for different brownish booties to fill the void. I found some and they're cute and they served their purpose for about a year...but when these came back in stock recently I knew I had to have them. I didn't know if they would fit (I had to size up a whole size, instead of the recommended half size) but they ended up fitting perfectly! I am going to send the brown booties I got last year to ThredUp. Even if I don't make money on them, it will help declutter my closet.
BP Textured Knit Stripe Tunic - $38, on sale for $22.80 - Nordstrom Note = $0
I had seen this sweater in store before and loved it. I have a pretty big wish list from Nordstrom (three items I currently want, but all are $48-$58). I wanted to get the most out of my Nordstrom Note, so I was refraining from buying things, hoping they'd go on sale. When I saw this was 40% off I immediately ordered it! Hopefully it will be cute on.
I'm linking up with Franish's Budgeting Bloggers--the link-up goes live tomorrow, but I have a Wedding Wednesday post lined up!