$10 at Target [September] -- Birthday Edition!

Monday, September 19, 2016

I'm excited to be back again today co-hosting this link up with Becky and some other fabulous ladies!  If you posted today as well, don't forget to link up with us below and then hop around and check out how the rest of my co-hosts (and everyone else!) spent their $10!

For this month's $10 at Target, I actually (gasp!) made up my own rules. You see, today is my 32nd birthday! So, for this month's Target haul I gave myself an extra special birthday budget of $32. Now I know this is breaking all the rules and spending like three times as much as I'm supposed to spend but hey,  the link up fell on my actual birthday, it's my day, and I do what I want :) Now, let's get to what I bought!

I have been wanting a Swell water bottle for FOREVER. Ever since they put up that gorgeous display in Target months ago. I always thought they were too expensive, which is why I hadn't gotten one yet, but hey, on your birthday $10 at Target trip, you can splurge on something like that. I'd been eyeing one at my local Target but just hadn't bought it yet. It was $24.99. Occasionally they go on sale for $20.99 or something close to that but for the most part, they are about $25. Then one day I needed to run by Target to pick something up and I happened to be by the Target by my work, so I stopped in. I was walking by the Swell display when I noticed that they were significantly cheaper at that Target than at mine! So what did I do? I scooped one up and made it mine. This pink Swell bottle has been so great for me and I'm so glad I bought it. We took it on our San Francisco trip (to be recapped soon!) and it worked so well and kept my water COLD all day.

I also bought these straws to use in my new knock off Yeti from Walmart. I love the bigger, thicker straws and these are slightly pliable so I think they might be able to fit through the lid opening better than the harder ones that I have currently.

And then there was this nail polish. I had been eyeing a new Essie color for a while, but couldn't decide which one I wanted. Then one day Seth and I were at Target and happened to be walking by the back of the aisles where they have the sale items. And lo and behold, I see a bunch of Essie. Essie on sale?!?! That never happens! Most of them were colors that I don't really wear (blues and greens) but then I found this beautiful pink and knew I needed it. It fit my budget perfectly so I made it mine.

I made sure to paint my nails before we shared our posts today so I could show you this gorgeous color! It's called "Vanity Fairest" and it's probably one of my new favorites. I love how light it is but still has that pink tint to it. It's very spring, but I don't mind. I will continue to wear it all the way through the winter and into the spring. I have no clue why it was discounted, hopefully it's not discontinued, because they should definitely keep making it!

PS this was RIGHT after painting my nails. No day 2 clean up going on here. If you remember what my nails normally look like after I paint them (it's not pretty), you know that this is a HUGE improvement! I can't take all the credit, I think this nail polish has special powers or something! LOL. Or maybe you just can't tell as much since it's so light? One or the other!

So, how'd I do on my budget?
Since I bought these along with some other items, I don't have a receipt to show, but here's the breakdown.

Swell Bottle : $19.99
Straws : $3.99
Nail Polish : $6.26 (on sale from $8.59)
Tax (8%) : $2.42
Minus RED Card discount : ($1.63)
Total : $31.03!

Under budget! Well, under the birthday budget I set for myself. But still. That's pretty good!

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Next month, we'll be sharing our hauls on Monday, October 17th. Mark your calendars, get your shopping on, and link up with us on the 17th and show us what you got!


  1. I think you are totally allowed to make up your own rules for your birthday! :) It's your day anyway. Happy Birthday friend!! I hope you have a great day. You deserve it.

  2. Happiest of Birthdays to you! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day! LOOOOOVE that nail polish color! So light & feminine. I think I'll be adding a SWELL bottle to my Christmas list. I've heard nothing but great things about it.

  3. Wahoo! I love that you got somethings you would love for your birthday visit. That is such a great idea and you can totally make up the rules too. Happy Birthday!

  4. Good for you for treating yourself for your birthday!! I love everything you got. I need to find those straws for my Yeti. Happy Happy birthday sweet friend!! Have an AMAZING day!

  5. You should definitely get your own rules for your birthday! I love the straws..I might need to pick up some of those!

  6. Happy, happy birthday friend! How fun to treat yourself to a few things for a special Target "$10 Haul". Love that color nail polish and recently Essie has becoming my favorite nail polish. Hope you have a great day!

  7. Happy Birthday! How awesome! So, the bottle keeps water cold and it won't spill? Love that!

  8. YES, you do what you want!! :) Happy birthday!!
    I love how fun those s'well bottles are, but I wish they were bigger/held more. Now I need to try the yeti knock-off. I'm thinking that'll be a good Christmas gift for a few people too. I'll have to remember the straws. :)

  9. Happy birthday!!! I love that Essie color!

  10. I love that you made up your own rules! I totally love everything you got too. I've seen those bottles at my Target and they're so PRETTY. I always want to grab one. I LOVE that Essie color! That's exactly the color I'm looking for, so I made a note of it for my next Target run. I hope you have a great birthday today! Don't forget to celebrate with wine & chocolate!! :)

  11. You're totally entitled to break the rules for your birthday! I'm loving that pink nail polish! And really everything you got!

  12. I love that you splurged on yourself. And that polish is my favorite! I love a pale pink. Give me all the pale colors really.

  13. bahaha that is the best birthday rule ever =) I am going to have to steal that. I've wanted one of those damn bottles too, but can't justify the price. Maybe like a stocking stuffer!

  14. Yay for finding Essie and your water bottle on the cheap. I have a wood grain looking Swell bottle and it is my absolute favorite.

  15. Happy birthday! Pale pink polish is seasonless, if you ask me.

  16. Happy Birthday! I love that Essie shade - I've purchased it before and love how well it works in any season. Hope you've had a great day!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  17. I think pale pinks are pretty much a year round nail color, so pretty! I feel awful that I didnt remember today was your birthday. Hope you have a FANTASTIC DAY!!

  18. I love that you did a birthday budget! The polish is such a pretty color! I hope your birthday was great!

  19. Ooooh, birthday budget, I like it!! I need to do that (but for like, every time I go to Target).
    Aren't the Swell bottles THE best?! I cannot go a single day without mine. It's awesome, and my mind is blown with how cold my water stays over night (I keep the bottle by my bed).
    That polish color is perfection!!

  20. Way to splurge on your birthday, girlie! I too really want one of those Swell bottles. Someday, someday... :)

  21. I love that you bent the rules for your birthday!! Great finds - I'm going to have to look for those bigger straws when I get my Ozark cup from Wal-Mart.


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