How Much Do I Spend On Books? May 2016

Posted June 6, 2016 by smutmatters in Budget / 2 Comments

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This is a monthly feature for me to track my book spending. I don’t want to call this a budget, because I’m not really limiting the spending. Right now I’m more interested in just tracking how much I’m spending, not so much setting a certain amount to spend. So.. Here’s how I’m going to track it.

Tracking Rules

  • Tracking will be done a monthly basis.
  • Pre-orders will be tracked when the money is taken out of the account. Amazon pre-orders, for example, aren’t actually charged until they’re delivered, so a June release I pre-order in February will count for June, since that’s when Amazon will take the money.
  • I currently have $30.80 in Amazon gift cards and $15.00 in Barnes and Noble gift cards. They’ll count toward the spending, but follow the same rules as above.
  • I only have 2 Audible credits right now, but audiobooks will follow the same rules. The credits will be charged and count monthly, and any additional money I spend on Audible will count. But I won’t count credits used on books since the credits are counted when they hit my account.

So with no further ado, here’s my book tracking for May:


I did pretty well this month. I was trying to limit the spending some, and I did. However, all I really did, I think was to put the books I would have bought into a wish list to buy them later. But, for May, I did pretty well.

Audiobook Money Spent

Broken Grace by E.C. Diskin  $3.16

The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer 1 credit


Physical Books Money Spent

What You Need by Lorelei James $8.51

The Earl Takes All by Lorraine Heath$8.51


Ebooks Money Spent

None. I know, right??? I pre-ordered a few things that won’t count until they actually release, but that’s it. I didn’t actually buy anything. I think that was helped by the May Clean Sweep Challenge I was taking part in, since I was trying to read more ARCs and fewer new books.


Other Money Spent

  • Audible Membership: $22.95

Running Total

  • Audiobooks – $3.16
  • Physical Books – $17.02
  • Ebooks – $0
  • Other – $22.95
  • March Total: $43.13
  • YTD: $475.29


2 responses to “How Much Do I Spend On Books? May 2016

    • smutmatters

      I’m so proud! But – this weekend is Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together, so I feel like all the hard work I did this week will be completely undone. I went crazy at this convention last year.