Bookish Life Budget ~ 2018 Finish Line

Posted January 2, 2019 by Tanya in Budget / 0 Comments


The New Year is here. Happy 2019 everyone! I’ve decided not to do a December wrap up for my Bookish Life Budget, but instead just do my final for the year. It was disappointing but fun in a way. I gave up some events in exchange for others and tried moving money around to make things work. Unfortunately, I still went in the hole this year. This has made me make some disappointing decisions for next year. I truly wanted to go to Book Lovers Con in May. It is an expensive con, and I just don’t think I’m going to be able to give myself that much leeway in 2019’s budget. Below is the final of numbers of my budget for 2018.

Category Amount Spent this Year Remaining Balance
B&N Membership Renewal $25.00 $25.00 $0.00
Buns & Roses + Bear $75.00 $0.00 $75.00
Boas & Tiaras $50.00 $0.00 $50.00
Literary Love Savannah $0.00 $222.54 $-222.54
Readers & ‘Ritas $175.90 $204.97 -$29.97
Audible Subscription $298.08 $292.56 $5.52
Books (Ebooks, paperbacks & hardcovers) $376.92 $560.42 -$183.50
Total: $1000.90 $1305.49 -$304.59

Because of the deficit this year, I’m really going to have to put some thought into the budget for 2019. I want to do the local cons if their author line ups look interesting. I’m also going to try and do as little money moving as possible. This year I really need to buckle down and keep control of what I’m spending. I’ve got plenty of review books to keep me occupied so I shouldn’t have to spend a lot on books. It will be my addiction to paper copies that I will need to get a grip on.

Did you find that 2018 was an expensive bookish year for you? What kinds of things do you do to control your book buying? The library is a good one. I need to use that resource more often.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2019 with tons of good books and a year of good health and fortune. Happy New Year everyone!