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Budgeting Bloggers: September

It's time for my monthly shopping and spending summary again!  I did quite a bit of shopping this month, but with some well-timed deals and promo codes and the use of gift cards, my spending wasn't as huge as it could have been.

On Labor Day, Goodwill was having a 50% sale, and I scored some great tops, cardigans, and a blazer for $2-$3 apiece.

Please ignore my dogs' feet in these photos.  They were sleeping on the bed and I didn't want to bother them! :)

Cream sparkly tank, The Limited: $2 (seen here)
Brown embroidered tank, Calvin Klein: $2
Coral tee, LOFT: $3
Cream/yellow/pink button up, Old Navy: $3 (seen here)
Brown/coral floral sheer top, LOFT: $3 (seen here, not pictured above)
Green long-sleeved top, I.N.C.: $3
Navy/white striped top, Juicy Couture: $3
Red cardigan, Target: $2
Black cardigan, Target: $2
Camel blazer, womyn: $3

Old Navy
Camel and nude tanks: $5 apiece (camel tank seen here)
Dark gray tank: $5
Mint sleeveless blouse: $12
Blue patterned crop pants: $2

Olive skinny jeans: $20 with gift card (seen here)
Black ponte pants: $20 with gift card (seen here)

Gold boat shoes, Anne Klein: $12 (seen here)
Black/white oxfords, me too: $12

Mustard cardigan, Kohls: Gift from Mom
Orange/white scarf: Hand-me-down from Mom
Orange/black scarf: Gift from Mom
Green/black plaid scarf: Hand-me-down from Mom
Blue/white patterned scarf: Hand-me-down from Mom
Peacock lacy scarf: Hand-me-down from Mom
Cobalt scarf: Gift from Mom
Black/white plaid scarf: Hand-me-down from Mom
Camel scarf: Gift from Mom (seen here and here)
Black scarf: Gift from Mom
Dansko clogs: Won giveaway from Franish - thanks, Fran!!

My grand total this month is $129.  It's quite a bit of money spent, but I got some awesome basics and accessories, as well as some awesome pieces at Goodwill!  My hope is to not shop much in October at all, other than perhaps using some gift cards that I have sitting around.  I also am going to try to thrift as much as I can in the future to both save money and to be more ethical in my shopping.  In school, we've been learning more about fair vs. unethical manufacturing practices, and I don't like knowing that my shopping habits are likely harmful to individuals (and children) across the country.  I'm not ready (or financially able) to completely shop local, so increasing my secondhand shopping is one way that I want to respond to the things I've been learning about.  I'm really feeling quite good about what I have in my closet and don't need anything these days.  I'd love a really good fitting pair of jeggings (ew, that word...) to tuck into boots without getting the baggy knee thing, but other than that and a coral scarf, I'm really not in need of or looking for anything new.  I'd love to spend more time in my closet getting lots of use out of the things that I do have.

I'm linking up with Franish and the other budgeting bloggers this month - be sure to see how everyone else fared this month!

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