This year for my Birthday I had a really hard time deciding on specific things that I wanted. I've been really, really good at not spending money on myself this year. We set a budget for almost everything and anything we would want to or need to spend on and I have tried really hard to make sure we come in under or at budget on everything.
I feel like it is like a starvation diet. Anytime I am in a store I see all of the pretty things and if I weren't naturally a very frugal person, I know I would have a crazy binge shopping spree.
I had some birthday coupons, a leftover gift card from my birthday last year, and some birthday money. So I took myself on a much needed birthday shopping spree! Jackson and I went to three stores and got a lot of fun stuff.
First we went to Ulta. I wandered around the store, but couldn't really find anything that I really wanted that was less than $30. I didn't want to spend all of my money in one place so I used my free birthday mascara code and moved on.
They give you a free full sized CK one mascara for your birthday. It usually retails for $18. There was something wrong with my code, but they had amazing customer service and made it work for me.
Next we went to Rue 21. They had a whole table full of $5 shirts. I almost went crazy and bought a bunch of them. There were so many cute ones! It is Rue 21 though and I have had a bit of bad luck in the past with their stuff holding up, and my little closet is already bursting at the seams. So I reigned myself in and got the most practical cute shirt. This one with black and white stripes and the long back.
Then I wandered around the store in search of some cute colored or floral skinny jeans. I didn't find any that fit me, but I did find this really dark simple denim pair for $10 that actually fit well.
I had to check out their jewlery. They always have cute stuff that is within my budget. I found a few things I kinda liked that were not on sale. Then I found quite a few necklaces that I really liked and realized that they were all on sale for $2. So I got these three.
When I rang up I used the remainder of a gift card that I got last year. So I paid $4.96 for a pair of jeans, a shirt, and three necklaces. Wahoo!
My last stop was Victoria's Secret. They had a few bins already set out for the Semi-Annual Sale. I found a gorgeous bra for $19.99 (I thought). $10 for an awesome bra! I was so excited, so I went to ring up and realized that I had been distracted with Jackson and in a hurry and the sign actually said $19.99 and up. The bra was still thirty odd dollars with my $10 off coupon.
I had to awkwardly tell the lady that I had been confused and that I didn't want the bra at that price. Jackson at this point decided that he had had it and started screaming. The cashier tried to hand me the bra and I probably was kind of rude when I said, "No. I don't want it." Props to her because she was really cool about it and not rude at all when I came back to the register a few minutes later.
I was able to get him calmed down, which was nice, because I thought we were just going to have to go home at that point. I found a concealer that was regularly $15. It was on a 30% off sale and with my $10 off coupon I bought it for 53 cents.
So I went on a crazy fun little shopping spree and spent...$5.49