BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Saturday, March 7, 2015

February's Balancing the Books with Bea


Inspired by Fantasy Is More Fun and The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog, I decided to start tracking my book expenses this year. I'll do a wrap up post at the end of each month.

I've given myself $10 real money each month to spend on books, whether for myself, as gifts, or blog giveaways. "Real money" being cash from my bank account as opposed to gift cards and store credits. I am counting money spent to ship giveaways and Paperbackswap.com books. Books from my personal shelves, borrowed from the library or a friend, and books received for review do not count against my purchases.




FEBRUARY STARTING FUNDS


Cash - $109.97
Amazon Gift Cards -$94.08
Other Gift Cards - $55
Amazon Promotional Credit - $0
Audible Credit - $10
Paperbackswap.com Credits - 18


SPENT/RECEIVED IN FEBRUARY
 
Cash -$11.64 on giveaways, paperbackswap.com mailings & review copy mailings
Amazon Gift Cards Spent - $4.97 (2.99 was for a gift, the remainder was for me)
Amazon Gift Cards Received - $35
Other Gift Cards Received- $0
Other Gift Cards Spent - $0
Amazon Promotional Credit - $0
Audible Credit Spent- $10
Paperbackswap.com Credits Spent -1
Paperbackswap.com Credits Received - 1

FEBRUARY ENDING FUNDS

Cash -$98.33
Amazon Gift Cards - $124.11
Other Gift Cards - $55
Amazon Promotional Credit - $0
Audible Credit - $0
Paperbackswap.com Credits - 18

BOOKS BOUGHT - PRINT, EBOOK, AND AUDIO


BOOKS RECEIVED FOR REVIEW- PRINT & KINDLE


None! I was still working on the books I took out in January.

FREE E-BOOKS & AUDIO BOOKS

BOOKS WON OR GIFTED

Grief by Krista D. Ball
Interlude by Krista D. Ball
All of Me by Lisa Renee Jones

For the month I spent $13 and 1 Paperbackswap.com credits for 5 books plus I got 20 for review, 11 freebies and 3 as gifts. I also read 12 of my own books. I did go slightly over my cash goal for the month again :( but I'm still in good shape overall.

9 comments:

  1. You had a pretty good month. I love reading these type of posts. Good Luck to you in March.

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  2. This is such a smart idea to do. I don't spend that much money on books. I tend to stalk the library too often lol, but when there is a book I can't wait for then I will purchase it. Usually I try to keep it around 30-50 dollars per month.

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    1. I stalk the library a fair bit too most months. I have, as you saw, a very tight budget so the library, review books and kindle freebies are important.

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  3. This is something clever, I need to do that too ! You did good for this month :)

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    1. Thanks! I enjoy seeing other people's posts and how they approach the subject. Go for it!

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  4. You did really well staying on budget this month. I've said it before, but I would be too scared to attempt this. Good luck in March :)

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  5. Thanks Reanna. It took me months to work up the nerve to do this.

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  6. I'm seriously impressed at how many books you gathered for only $13! I have to just completely cut myself off otherwise I give in to temptation, haha, I just don't even look at stores for a month or two but then inevitably go on a binge at some point >.> Hopefully with a giftcard though!

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