This monthly budget post looks a bit different than usual because I didn't buy anything fashion or beauty-related this month. I've done some in-person and online browsing at many of my go-to shops, mainly when family visited for graduation, but I didn't see anything I liked. Also, I dined out considerably more than usual while showing family members around the city, which left very little room for a shopping budget anyway.
I purchased some gifts for others, and I added the pictured Ann Taylor dress ($77.40 on a 40% off promotion) to an order to get free shipping on the gifts. I don't record online purchases against my monthly total until I've received the item and decided to keep it (unless it is final sale). Although the dress is objectively quite cute, I strongly suspect it will not be a keeper for me. I tried on sizes that didn't work in the store, and I found it to run quite small in the chest relative to other AT items. It is 100% cotton with no stretch, which means that I could need to size up two sizes from my "average" AT size, which could leave the waist baggy. The yoke neckline/tapering at the upper armhole is also likely to emphasize my chest in a way that's not flattering. I'm also contemplating some purchases from the Paula's Choice sale (referral link) to replace items when they run out, but I'll wait until June.
All in all, I'm actually a bit shocked that I haven't shopped this month. It isn't too surprising: I went from the exam period to showing family members around NYC to graduation and then straight on to packing and moving. There wasn't time. In past busy times though, I've often looked to online shopping as partial stress relief, without really thinking about how other expenditures for the month affected my ability to shop.
My use of my shopping budget this month then ends up as follows:
- Fashion - $0.00
- Beauty - $0.00
Linking up with Franish and the other budgeting bloggers this month as usual! Franish graciously answered some of her readers' questions about her budget in this month's post, which provides a very real look at how she manages her finances as a medical student.