Friday, March 4, 2016

February Shopping

I tried to be good in January, but spent $163. Not bad, but more than $0.

I knew I didn't want to restrict myself during birthday month, but I also didn't want to go crazy. I think I absolutely did go too close to crazy, I can barely remember everything I bought and I don't want to tally it up.

This post contains affiliate links which means if you click, I make like 2 cents and then I go and spend that 2 cents because I have a shopping addiction.

This hot tools thingy which I still have yet to use.


2 new pairs of work pants, 2 new jeans, a cardigan and a cami from Express.
I actually got an express gift card for my birthday, so this kinda almost doesn't count.

barcelona cami / striped cardigan / supersoft jeans / distressed jeans / editor slim / straight leg trousers

I also bought a bag from justfab, a kindle fire, a dress from stitch fix, a tank top off etsy, a dress off ebay, 2 dvds off amazon and 5 from half price books (they were $1 each!) and so many books I don't even know.

I ate out a lot. Visited the vending machine... a lot.

So March. No shopping, no eating out, no vending machine, no nothing. You can do it Kristen!

62 comments:

  1. I've been trying so hard not to extra spend and what really helped me was minimizing my store emails telling me of the sales!! BUT I did buy two purses from Just Fab! =P March is definitely going to be a spending detox for me too!

    Have a great weekend! =)

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  2. I want that styling brush! I saw it during my no spend month and then never got it. I think it's still sitting in my cart on Amazon haha

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  3. You need to let me know how you like that styling brush! I've heard great things about them but I don't think I'd know how to use it haha! Happy Friday! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. you can do it! you already have more discipline than me though haha. happy friday love!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. I keep skipping my justfab month because I just don't have the dollars but i've been itching for a new purse ! And I wouldn't count books towards the count because books are like oxygen.

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  6. Birthday months totally don't count! I attempted my first no shop month EVER in February and surprisingly made it the whole month with no non-necessary purchases. However. March 1? Totally different story thanks to some excellent online sales :)

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  7. hehe woohoo for March! Restraint... I hope for me too! :) hehe XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  8. You can do it!!! I cant... let's be honest... but good for you for trying :) haha
    Let us know how that hot thingy works - I'd be interested in that myself

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  9. "...and then I go and spend that 2 cents because I have a shopping addiction" hahah yep ditto. i'll get clicking lol :)

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  10. Define no spending? As in like nothing extra at all? $163 is like nothing!!! That is awesome!

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  11. you've got to use that hot tools thing and report back!!

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  12. LOL sometimes you just need to buy shit because treat yo'self.

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  13. You can do it girl...for me if I tell myself no I feel like I eat worse, I buy more, I'm my own worst enemy! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  14. I'm so bad about it when I set a no spending month - I mean, I want to be good, but then I see something that I HAVE to have, and then I'll buy it. I'll get to clicking for ya! :)

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  15. You can do it! And in the meantime I've clicked all of your links a few times and made you.... hopefully a dollar richer!

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  16. I'll keep you on it girl :) I'm nearly a pro by now at no buy haha so if you're feeling weak just text me and I'll keep you accountable! Good luck!

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  17. I don't know that I could do a spending freeze... More power to ya!
    (Also, I love your line about the 2 cents so you can go spend it... hahahaha!)

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  18. I did a no spend month last October when I was saving for my trip to Europe. I called it "No-tober". It was so hard but not all that bad. Now, have I done it since? No. Do I need to do it again? Absolutely. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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  19. I still have no idea what I'm doing with that dang hairbrush thingy either. Have you watched Karly's tutorial? She does make it look easy! Good luck this month!!

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  20. Spending freezes are so hard! I tend to "forget" I don't want to spend money until after I have spent it. It's probably a good thing you tallied it up to see where you can improve...I know it is something I need to do but it is going to be painful!

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  21. Not THAT bad if you had an Express gift card, right?? haha Everything you got looks so cute-- I never think to shop there until I always see bloggers post about things they like. Do you order online or shop in the store? And you should start doing book haul posts on your blog!

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  22. I need to stop spending so much money! I've tried doing a spending freeze but something always comes up :(

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  23. You did get some super cute stuff, I loved that chevron Stitch Fix dress you said you kept.

    BUT, you can't buy things from a store if you don't walk in in the first place. Internet, not so easy. But, I removed myself from tons of store coupon emails so I don't even get tempted by potential sale prices for things I don't need.

    YOU CAN DO IT!

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  24. I was going to try and type up some awesome cheer for you, but...I'm not a cheerleader and rhyming is hard. So GO KRISTEN!! <---me being a cheerleader.

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  25. All birthday month expenditures are a pass!!

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  26. You'll have to let me know how your first experience with the brush goes! Just be patient - it takes some practice to get used to. :) Love everything that you picked out from Express, too!

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  27. I would be in big trouble if I tallied up my monthly spendings! And also, if you have a gift card it definitely doesn't count! I'd like to get that brush, but I don't know if I'd use it enough.

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  28. I have the highest of hopes that you can pull it off in March :) It's too bad so many things out there are just too tempting for us to resist!

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  29. You will have to let us know how that hair tool is when you use it. I love the jeans that you got!! Click click click, get those pennies :) I would love to say I will spend nothing in March...but ummm too late. I bought four tops last night at the outlets. LOLOLOLOL

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  30. YOU CAN DO IT!! I know you can!! I too have such a hard time not shopping. I did pretty good in February and I'm gonna try to be good in March. I say this and tomorrow my sister asked me to go shopping with her. haha Hopefully, I will be good. Maybe just buy the things I need. haha

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  31. Loving your new clothing pieces! Good luck with no spending in March, you've got this gurlie! Happy Friday <3
    Green Fashionista

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  32. $163 is pretty good over the course of a month! And your clothes pieces look worth it to me (long-lasting and functional). It's amazing how hard it is to spend no money.

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  33. But all the stuff you bought looks so cute! And some of it is for the cruise, right? And you can't not buy books, especially when they're a good deal from Half Price Books!

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  34. You can definitely do it! I used to have one of those brush-type curling irons. I think hot air blew out of it? My hair is way too short now to have any of that. I just cut it again yesterday, right when it was getting long enough to remotely put a hair tie in it.

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  35. You definitely got this for March!

    I would give yourself a pass on the stuff that came with a good deal like the books. Because it always could have been worse, right?

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  36. I'm really interested to hear how the hot tools thing works out!

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  37. Reeeeally want some of those Express camis! And I have for like a year and a half so yeah I doubt it happens any time soon.

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  38. I have those dark wash mid rise jeans and they are so freakin comfortable. My friend got me into the mid-raise jeans and seriously I've been missing out. I need to buy a few more! You deserved some shopping for your birthday month.

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  39. Dang you're strict with yourself! I set an eat out amount limit (which I went over, because life), but I wouldn't be able to not eat out at all. Good luck on your spending freeze!

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  40. I love that striped cardigan though...

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  41. I've had that brush in my Amazon cart for a long time, just never made the plunge and bought it. Once you start using it, you'll have to post a review! You're going to rock March spending!

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  42. LOL on your affiliate disclaimer! So true!

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  43. I don't think I could go a whole month without spending any money! I think you did pretty well! I bought a Hot Tools curling iron recently and looooooove it.

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  44. You made suuuuch good purchases in March!! Maybe I can convince you to share more outfits on Snapchat so I can see you wearing your new stuff?? (In the event that you don't want to put them in a more "permanent" place like your blog or IG. Pretty please?

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  45. Your affiliate disclosure has me lolingggggggg

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  46. So for little vending machine-like purchases, I gather up spare change and then cash it in and use that as my "fun food"money. Starbucks, etc. It's like bonus money.

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  47. I'm terrible with spending bans. They never work for me, ha ha. I'm interested to hear more about the hot brush :)

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  48. Bahaha ha! But it was your birthday month! You are forgiven! ;)

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  49. Yes Kristen, you can do it!! I just placed a $102 order on Hot Topic today... ahhhh!!! I couldn't help it. I was going back and forth for a month about all this stuff that I wanted, I just went ahead and said OH WHY THE HELL NOT! and placed the order. I am so excited for everything to arrive!

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  50. LOL- I just responded to your comment on my blog about how I need to refrain from shopping. Then I come over here and what do you know, it makes me WANT to shop ;) That cardigan is SO SO freakin' cute... Jared might kill me if I bought that. I own too many cardigans as it. I've been bad about quick stops in at vending machines/gas stations for snacks too lately bc I haven't prepared for the day as well. Gotta get better at that this month!

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  51. So let's talk about those trousers for a minute. Are they long enough? Like, for oddly tall people long enough? And gift card spend totally doesn't count, ditto anything vaguely birthday related. As for March, you can do it! I have faith!

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  52. One - you can do it! But two, you didn't do so bad at all! Maybe I should tally what I spend every month on these kids and dogs and you'd totally high five yourself! :-)

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  53. This post needs to seriously light a fire under my ass because the spending is OOC! How are you!? Hope all is well, love. Getting back in the swing of blogging (or trying!). xx

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  54. I have the shopping bug bad. Mostly for home stuff, but I still really want to buy clothes and I don't know why! I don't need anything - there are no holes in my wardrobe. And Ryan and I have been eating out a lot, but we started doing date night every week and I guess we don't have any cheaper ideas - it's either been movies or dinner. I guess it's ok, since our joint account has a lot more money than I do by myself. :P

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  55. You did so good on not spending that much, I have been going crazy with the shopping lately and need to curb it. Maybe March will be my calming down period! My wallet sure hopes so!

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  56. It's your birthday month, you're allowed to spoil yourself :) I can never completely cut myself off from spending, but I need to make some serious cutbacks too. SO much travel coming up these flight prices are killing me!

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  57. I read this completely wrong at first and I was like 'how did she get all that stuff for only $163 dollars?! She needs to teach me her ways!' And then I re read it and realized that was January's total haha

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  58. I read this completely wrong at first and I was like 'how did she get all that stuff for only $163 dollars?! She needs to teach me her ways!' And then I re read it and realized that was January's total haha

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  59. I need to know how "that thingy" works because I feel like hair always gets suck in those things... BUT if they work, it could be amazing and easy! So holler at us after you get a chance to use it, k?

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  60. Oooh, I'm curious about the Hot Tools! How are you liking the Fire? I overspent last month like crazy. Our goal for this month is not to eat out at all. So far we've done it twice. Oops! Haha!

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  61. "This post contains affiliate links which means if you click, I make like 2 cents and then I go and spend that 2 cents because I have a shopping addiction."

    hahahaha. this is why we love you.

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