Bookish Life Budget ~ February 2017 Update

Posted March 2, 2017 by Tanya in Book Haul, Budget / 1 Comment

This month I spent a lot more money and time on other projects. It made reading and blogging a LOT harder. I have my planner and that should help some, but I think I need to re-evaluate how I use it. However, this was a big, big help with book spending, but I may have to move some of my book budget over to my other hobbies! I spend a little extra on NOLA Storycon by buying a ticket to one of the tours, so I’m over budget there, but it won’t make much of a difference in the long run. This is what this month’s numbers looked like.

Category Previous Balance Spent This Month Remaining Balance
Barnes & Noble $25.00 $25.00 $0.00
NOLA Story Con $0.00 $32.64 $-32.64
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 $273.27 $24.84 $248.43
Books $807.00 $0.00 $807.00
Totals Starting Budget Amount Spent Remaining Budget
$1410.61 $82.48 $1328.13

Still looking pretty good, and haven’t had to drop anything off yet. I’m excited about the NOLA Storycon tour so I think that was worth going over a bit.

This month’s books were all review books, and I want to thank all those tour groups and publishers that give me the opportunity to read and review these books. I need to get in more time to catch up on them. This month is smaller than last month (thank goodness), so we should be able to speed through this no problem.

So overall February was a pretty good haul month. Now to get my head out of the clouds and get some reading done. I have found a few things I can do that would be great in an Etsy store, and I’ve been researching the hell out of it. My problem is myself. I have so many ideas and things I can put in the store, that I’m stuck on names. Then I’m stuck on how to calculate taxes, as if I’m going to make enough sales to worry about it. My son says I’m thinking about it too much and just need to do it. I wonder though how much I will be able to keep up with, doing both a store, the products and blogging. I don’t want to drop blogging so I will have to get uber organized if I’m going to take anything else on. Sometimes I get excited about things and end up in over my head. I also need to finish the first couple of products and my materials aren’t in yet. The stress I feel about the amount I’ve spent in materials is unreal. I’m like, getting ready to have a panic attack right now. I hope people like the stuff I put together and I can make it back!

February was mine and my son’s birthday month. I guess you could say that my materials were my birthday gift, but I’ve also really gone overboard on LulaRoe and that could probably be considered my gift too. We gave my son the money to finish up the shading on his tattoo. It looks really great.

We’ve been having some serious problems with one of my pug’s eyes, and I’m really worried we are going to have to have one or even both removed. I think we’re on our last attempt at saving them before we decide to take that final step. If they are hurting her, which is what everything I’ve read suggests, then I don’t want her suffering. She’s mostly blind now, if not completely. She gets around really well with the other dog, scents and our voices. I think she would probably be happier, and I don’t know if we are going through all these different treatments for her sake or ours. We finish the week out on this steroid then I told my husband that is it. We make the decision. It is really sad.

So that has been my crazy February. Wish me luck with this Etsy thing and I’ll share the link when I get it up and running. Oh gosh, I will have to do graphics for it too! I suck at doing graphics! See, I’m overthinking it. I have all the time in the world, it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece right out of the gate. I’ll try and keep telling myself that!

How was your February? Did the snow and storms get to you? Did you get some good reads? Let me know! I’d love to hear!

Have a great March and don’t be a stranger!