Northwest Native: July Budget [2015]

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Budget [2015]

I'm linking up with Franish's Budgeting Bloggers today to show you my purchases for the month of July. Normally my budget includes purchases from multiple stores. July's budget has a lot less variety. The reason for this can be summed up in three words: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You'd better believe I have to shop this sale every year!

First I'm going to shock you all by saying I bought the Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals that I haven't shut up about (not the shocking part)...but I returned them.
One // $69.95 When these arrived I was giddy, as you all would expect since I've posted my love of them a million and one times. It took me FOREVER to get them unbuckled. Getting the end of the strap through took tons of time. I think I even started sweating. And then getting the little metal thingy out of the hole was even worse! And then of course there's the second shoe... Anyway, I got it done, put them on and buckled on the loosest one and it just felt tight. And I was like...ehhh. Also I wanted to put that $69.95 toward Anniversary Sale stuff if I wasn't absolutely in love with the sandals. So back they went.

All right. This is where it gets good. Time for the Anniversary Sale picks!
One // Two
One // $52, sale price $33.90
Two // $78, sale price $49.90 Returned, sleeves too tight.
Three // $39, sale price $25.90
Four // $28, sale price $17.90 Returned, super sheer and clung instead of hanging like in the picture.
Five // $48, sale price $31.90 Returned, I LOVED the back, but the neckline looked too much like nightgown on me. I also tried on the other dress right after and that made it clear I should return this one.
Six // $64, sale price $41.90
Seven // $54, sale price $35.90
Eight // $48, sale price $31.90
Nine // $64, sale price $41.90
Ten // $64, sale price $41.90
Eleven // $42, sale price $27.90 - $20 Nordstrom note = $7.90

There turned out to be one last minute non-Nordstrom purchase!

Twelve // $24.99, on sale for $19.99 - $15 Target gift cards - 5% REDcard discount = $4.74

$285.94 - $12.80 (Poshmark sales) = $253.14

I spent about a normal two months' worth of budgeting. I purchased all of my Nordstrom purchases on my Nordstrom credit card. I had a credit of about $50 on my card from a purchase I had made, paid off, and then ended up returning, so the balance ended up being a little less scary. I've already paid off the balance (before my statement was even ready) and I'm somehow not broke! That $20 note that I used was earned before the sale, but with all the triple and double points on most of these purchases I've earned another that I can spend later. (Like in September, because no way am I shopping in August after this spending frenzy.) Oh, yeah, and I bought the dark wash jeans instead of the light wash jeans because I just prefer dark wash. And these fit so well, so I'll just replace my other dark wash jeans. And I can buy some light wash ones later, maybe with my other $20 note!

I also think the sale has rekindled my love of Nordstrom. Not that I ever lost it, but I was shopping at Old Navy and Target a lot, and this has made me want to go back to Nordstrom more...which could be dangerous.

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  1. Oh I'm so sorry the Gigi sandals didn't work for you. They are made of a nice sturdy material than inferior brands which is why they are hard to buckle initially, but that definitely goes away as you break them in. I personally love my Gigi's BUT mine were also only ~$20. I would have to agree with you that it was a smart move to return them though since you weren't in love and you can definitely find them for less than $50 at plenty of places. Love all of the pants you picked up, I may just have to check some of these out bc I really need some for Fall.

  2. Wow, I've only shopped at Nordstrom a few times but it seems like I should take a few lessons from you before I attempt to do so again! Love your picks though, especially 3, 8 and 11!

  3. Love this!!!! I also bought #11 too - the olive green tunic top thing - love it! Can't wait for Fall ...

  4. Love this!!!! I also bought #11 too - the olive green tunic top thing - love it! Can't wait for Fall ...

  5. Love all of the things you go! Especially the black bag and floral shift dress!

    Doused In Pink

  6. I love all your new goodies. I totally went over my budget this month and totally need to sit down and figure out exactly how bad i was. Ugh...

  7. Maybe its a good thing I've never shopped Nords... I could potentially go broke

  8. I have 2 pairs of the Sam Edelman Gigi which I love, but I always buy them on sale at Nordstrom Rack or Amazon. I've never noticed the buckle issue, but I usually just slip them on and off since there's an elastic part to the back. I also bit on the Zella leggings. Aren't they awesome?

  9. Nordstroms has such nice, classic pieces, gotta love it!

  10. Love your anniversary sale picks... especially number 5!

  11. I love all of your picks but the floral dress is my favorite! It's so cute!

  12. That stinks about those shoes!!! BOO!!!! I went back and forth on whether I wanted to order those Zella leggings or not. Are you wearing them to work out in or to wear out and about? I have heard people doing both.

  13. Shoes are probably the one item I hate to spend money on (you'd think I want to spend money on something that's going to support my feet), I just like to use as much money as I can on clothes. I don't shop at Nordstrom too much, but we also don't have one down here, may have to check out their online store a little more after your picks :)

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  14. Oh your style is a lot like mine. I could have all of those clothes in my closet right now and I would not be mad about it...

  15. Originally, I reacted the best to #5. Then, I read your comments, went back, and thought "yeah, it does kinda look like a nightgown." Smart girl.

  16. Bummer about the sandals - they are super cute!

  17. I am dying for those Wit & Wisdom jeans but they are out of my size :(

  18. I put in a Nordstrom sale order this morning (whew, with only a few days to spare!), and those leggings were included! Love your picks!

  19. That's too bad those sandals didn't work out for you :( If they're not right they're not right though, so you made a wise decision. You picked up a lot of solid basics at that sale, so I'm impressed you came in around the $250 mark!