At the end of each year, I love to do a round-up blog post sharing my favorite purchases from the year. It’s fun to look back on what I bought and evaluate my shopping. I’m always trying to stay true to myself and this blog by keeping my shopping habit on a budget. My goal is to never buy anything over $50 unless it’s the occasional splurge.
This year I tried something new. I kept a record of everything I bought for myself in the notes on my phone. I only included clothes, shoes, and accessories. I left out makeup and skincare because let’s just say I consider those to be necessities 😉. I just wanted to have a record to see how much money I was actually spending on my wardrobe, where the money I was spending was coming from and I also wanted to see what stores I was shopping at the most.
Here is what I found out:
- I spent an average of $70 on clothes and accessories per month.
- I spent $0 on clothes and accessories for myself during the months of April and May (mostly because it was during the stay home order and I was super pregnant.)
- I spent the most money in the months of January, June, and September.
- The stores I shopped at the most were Goodwill, Old Navy, Target, Walmart, H&M, ThredUP, Aerie/American Eagle, Amazon, and Poshmark.
Why I record my shopping
My top 10
1.) Winter Coat– Gap Factory
I bought this coat (HERE) with some of my Christmas money last year. It was a good practical buy for my first winter back in Michigan. I got a lot of use out of it, even though I outgrew it with my belly by spring, I still was able to wear this coat throughout the winter months and I will continue to get use out of it for many years to come. I love the warm sherpa lining inside it and the fur hood easily comes off for when you want to wash it. It’s a great everyday winter coat!
2.) Snake Skin Booties (similar) – Meijer
These snakeskin booties were a clearance find last February while I was doing my grocery shopping at Meijer. I needed something to help pop my winter wardrobe last year and these booties were perfect. I even wrote a blog post sharing some ways you can wear them on a winter date night (HERE).
My love for leopard shoes runs deep, so of course, I fell in love with this slip-on pair of sneakers, and sadly they are out of stock 😢. Walmart surprisingly has some of the most comfortable shoes. I wore these so much while I was pregnant this year because tying my shoes became too much of a hassle.
This button-front romper from Amazon was one of my most worn items in my closet this summer. It was the perfect postpartum summer outfit. The buttons made it great for nursing and it was so comfortable. I can’t wait to wear it again this summer.
These jeans were a second-hand find at a local second-hand store. I had wanted a pair of Madewell jeans for a while, but I wasn’t a fan of their price tag. I found these ones for around $15. They fit great and have a classic look to them. I know they will be a good pair of jeans to have in my wardrobe for years to come.