How Much Do I Spend On Books?

Posted May 5, 2016 by smutmatters in Budget / 1 Comment

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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 April:

Also – No, you’re not seeing things. I don’t track pre-orders very well, so I managed to pre-order JR Ward’s The Beast in both e-book form and in hardback.

Ok, guys. I think I have a problem. I’ve never put this out in black and white before, and it’s really startling. I seem to just buy books without giving any thought to whether or not I’ll be able to read it ever, much less any time soon. So for May, I’m going to try to be more aware of what I’m doing. I’ve committed to reading all or at least mostly ARCs in May for the Clean Sweep May 2016 challenge anyway, so I’m going to try to stick with those and spend a lot less money. Obviously, my Audible membership is a monthly charge, and I’m certainly not going to cancel any pre-orders, but I have to curb this a little bit. I don’t have time to read all these books!

Audiobook Money Spent

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn  $4.23

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison $3.49

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman  $4.89

Far From True by Linwood Barclay $4.99

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs 1 credit

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews 1 credit

Physical Books Money Spent

The Beast by J.R. Ward $17.94

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen $31.93

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare $6.37

Listen to Me by Kristen Proby $15.96

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day $17.12

Ebooks Money Spent

Love, In English by Karina Halle $4.27

Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle $3.20

The Beast by J.R. Ward $12.67

Dirty Sexy Inked by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde $4.27

Worth It All by Claudia Connor $4.27

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare $2.13

Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare $2.13

Crazy for the Competition by Cindy Madsen $1.06

Her Secret, His Surprise $1.06

Ride Hard by Laura Kaye $6.41

Other Money Spent

  • Audible Membership: $22.95

Running Total

  • Audiobooks – $17.60
  • Physical Books – $89.32
  • Ebooks – $35.06
  • Other – $22.95
  • March Total: $164.93
  • YTD: $432.16

One response to “How Much Do I Spend On Books?

  1. What did you think of your audiobooks this month? I’ve listened to two of them and LOVED them, and I heard the Kim Harrison narrator is great too. I used to be a preorder junkie, but I found I was getting arcs of books I had preordered and would forget to cancel the order so I would end up with two books. Now I’m probably missing tons of books from my favorite series because of my preorder ban!