Bookish Life Budget ~ January 2017 Update

Posted February 1, 2017 by Tanya in Book Haul, Budget / 3 Comments

So, we are into our first update of 2017! It has taken me a little while to get all my numbers straight and organize just what I’m going to do. In the midst of that, I have found time to do some spending already!

It may seem as if I’ve allowed quite a bit for books this year. I did take the leftover from last year and applied it to that category. I’ve already purchased a ticket to one con, and I’m hoping this year I will get at least one other in. What happens to me at these events is that I spend money. I know, this is the perfect opportunity to show off my restraint. I probably should. I will be more selective for sure. I will be keeping the budget in mind, but I don’t want to feel like I’m missing any of the fun either. Especially when it comes to signed books (my favorite by the way!) Another point of having such a big book budget is that feeling of achievement when I have a shit ton of money left over at the end of the year. At least that is my hope. I’m kind of worried about it considering the amount of money I spent on books just this month. It was the Book Outlet New Year’s sale, honest. It won’t (likely) happen again. I think I’ve pretty much cleaned out everything I want from there as well as my local recycled book store. That should keep me from buying too much! January does look big besides the books because I did buy that ticket to NOLA Story Con. It’s a long ways away, but I have the ticket and now I feel like I will be doing something sociable this year. So here is January in a nut shell. Hopefully we won’t have many repeats of this amount of spending!

Category Previous Balance Spent This Month Remaining Balance
Barnes & Noble $25.00 $0.00 $25.00
NOLA Story Con $263.69 $263.69 $0.00
Buns & Roses (w/Bear) $75.00 $0.00 $75.00
Boas & Tiaras $50.00 $0.00 $50.00
Readers & Ritas $180.37 $0.00 $180.37
Audible $298.08 $24.84 $273.27
Books $895.34 $88.34 $807.00
Totals Starting Budget Amount Spent Remaining Budget
$1787.48 $376.87 $1410.61

Due to that crazy Book Outlet sale, my haul is going to seem pretty outrageous. Some I have already read and I just bought the physical to have on my shelves. Others are on my TBR. Crazy thing is, I will have the physical for my TBR, but will likely read them on my kindle and save the physical to get signed when I go to a signing. Common sense says this is a waste. Tanya’s brain says “load that library” despite the lack of room in it now. My daughter says I have an addictive personality. Just like those crazy Lula Roe leggings I can’t seem to stay away from. A whole closet full of their clothing, nothing matches, but I have to have it. I wonder if they have groups for people addicted to filling book shelves or buying Lula Roe? Back to issue at hand. Below is my haul for January. I don’t really differentiate between ebooks, review books and physical. I haven’t really figured out a nice way of doing it. If you have a suggestion, I’d be glad to hear it! This is it, so here’s to a better February (despite it being my birthday month!)

Beautiful Boss Bound By Flames Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter Edge Of Betrayal
Fire Touched Hard To Let Go Hunger Untamed Obsession Untamed
Night Betrayed Runaway Vampire Smoldering Hunger The Undead in my Bed
The Undoing The Turn Frostbitten Eleventh Grave In Moonlight

Thanks to Berkley, St. Martins, Gallery Books & MacMillan for their kindness