1. Gemstone Silk Top- Originally $118, on sale for $38
2. Jeweled Stripe Sweatshirt- Originally $88, on sale for $46
3. Keeper Chambray shirt- Originally $78, on sale for $40
4. Marc Jacobs Messenger Bag- Originally $348, on sale for $232
5. Printed Linen Cotton Mini- Originally $69.50, on sale for $25
6. Polynesian Stone Necklace (similar)- Originally $138, on sale for $42
7. Photo Floral Sweatshirt- Originally $65, on sale for $15
8. Merino Mesh Knit Sweater- Originally $79.50, on sale for $15
Original total: $984
Total with sale prices: $455
Total saved: $529
After coming in way under budget in June (I actually made more off eBay sales than I spent!), I gave myself a little more room to play in July. I don't always do that, but the sales were just too. damn. good. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is obviously the mecca of all sales, but I kept myself relatively under control and only purchased a classic Marc Jacobs bag that I'd been eyeing for awhile. Don't get me wrong- I could have easily spent waaaay more, but most of the items I liked still came with a hefty price tag. I like the idea of spending a little more and investing in one classic, quality piece each year that will stand the test of time. (Last year, I bought Tory Burch boots that seem like they're going to hold up for a looong time.)
The J. Crew sale prices also got crazy good towards the end of the month. I tend to online browse a lot, and, when I like something, I'll put it in my online shopping cart and hope it goes on sale. It's a bit of a game since you obviously run the risk of having it sell out, but the frequent "Additional 40% off sale price" promotions make such a huge price difference that I think it's worth it. Another tip: sold out items will frequently reappear on the site 1 or 2 times before finally being gone so it's worth checking back every day! That's how I found both the Gemstone top and Photo Floral sweatshirt in my (previously sold out) size. I got really lucky this month and was able to score a number of saved items on major discount.
I'm happy about my purchases this month because I think they'll be great transition pieces heading into the fall, and many will continue to make great layering pieces in the colder months. I'm also glad I finally snagged a simple black bag that will (hopefully) last for years!
How did you do this month?
Obviously linking up with Fran over at Budgeting Bloggers!