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, November 7, 2015

October's Balancing the Books


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.



OCTOBER STARTING FUNDS

Cash - $36.87
Amazon Gift Cards - $19.56
Other Gift Cards - $0
Amazon Promotional Credit - $0
Audible Credit - $0
Paperbackswap.com Credits - 13


SPENT/RECEIVED
 
Cash - $22.45 I shipped out books for Paperbackswap.com and giveaway prizes
Amazon Gift Cards Spent- $1.98
Amazon Gift Cards Received - $
Other Gift Cards - $0
Amazon Promotional Credit - $0
Audible Credit - $0
Paperbackswap.com Credits Spent - 2
Paperbackswap.com Credits Received - 3 

OCTOBER ENDING FUNDS

Cash - $14.42
Amazon Gift Cards - $17.58
Other Gift Cards - $0
Amazon Promotional Credit - $0
Audible Credit - $0
Paperbackswap.com Credits - 14

BOOKS BOUGHT - PRINT, EBOOK, AND AUDIO

My library had a used book sale and I stocked up. :D


BOOKS RECEIVED FOR REVIEW- PRINT & KINDLE


Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn

FREE E-BOOKS & AUDIO BOOKS

The Martian by Andy Weir
Witch Hunt by Devin O'Branagan
Divorced, Desperate, and Dating by Christie Craig
Divorced, Desperate, and Delicious by Christie Craig
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
Small Town Filly by Bethanie Cushman
Last Chance by Lindsay McKenna
Murder Unearthed by Roger Keevil
Infinity Lost by S. Harrison

BOOKS WON OR GIFTED

The White Carnation by Susanne Matthews

Only $14 left in cash for buying books, shipping prizes, or for paperbackswap. I have several giveaways planned for this month so those should eat that up. Now that I'm working full-time again, I may be able to up my cash budget a bit next year. I had a bunch of library books come in this week so those'll keep me busy the next few weeks. I'm going to try to use the library more next year, which should help the buying budget. I read 7 of my own books, 1 from the library, and 14 review books. Not a great month overall.

8 comments:

  1. I love using the library, because it really helps with my budget. But I also love using paperbackswap. I only spent $20 dollars this past month, which I give myself $30, so doing good ever since I became more strict on my budget.

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    1. I like paperbackswap but the mailing costs add up, even using media mail. I definitely need to use the library more; it has a good selection of print and ebooks.

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  2. I love the library for both e-books and audios. Lately my library has had everything.

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    1. I definitely need to use ny library more.

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  3. Great idea! You did really well and hauled in a lot of books. I haven't been to any library sales, but I do choose second party sellers on Amazon for used books sometimes.

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    1. I love going to library sales; the selection is eclectic, I can find older titles, and the prices are cheap. That said, I'm actually trying to cut back on the number of books I acquire.In that regard, October was okay but not as good as I wanted.

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  4. oh, i love all the new books you got, so jealous. Added some unfamiliar ones to me to my TBR pile. I never used paperbackswap, now I will have to totally check it out!

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  5. Paperbackswap is great for trading print books. I love it.

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