Bookish Life Budget ~ February 2019 Update

Posted March 4, 2019 by Tanya in Book Haul, Budget / 0 Comments

Happy March everyone! It seems that 2019 wants to rush right through just like 2018. February held my birthday so you would think I would have gotten through without spending anything in my book budget, but alas, I would always go over my gift cards a bit when checking out. Also, the Virtual Signing for J.R. Ward’s The Savior was opened so I had to grab that. I also received a Ninja Foodi as a gift so I went in search of some great cookbooks.

I am at my limit of audiobook credits I can have at Audible, so I put my membership on hold until I can decide on what I want to use my credits on. I already have a huge TBR that I’ve used credits on so I was hoping to get through some of them before I decided what series to use up my credits on. If anyone has good suggestions on series to listen to, I’d love to hear them. I think I’ve got Kerrelyn Sparks and Lynsay Sands on my wishlist. Does anyone have thoughts on those two? They are long series so they are big time investments and I’ve kind of been putting them off. The good news is, though, I will save a bit on my budget so I may be able to increase my book budget! I also got a new bookcase for my library. The last one I’ll be able to squeeze in there. So hopefully I’ll room for new books. We’ll have to see though, as I’ve got piles that have been waiting for a place to go.

Let’s look at what I spent in February.

Category Amount Spent this Month Remaining Balance
B&N Membership Renewal $30.00 $25.00 $5.00
Readers & ‘Ritas 2019 Event Ticket $231.62 $0.00 $231.62
Buns & Roses + Bear $75.00 $0.00 $75.00
Boas & Tiaras $50.00 $0.00 $50.00
Audible Subscription $268.18 $0.00 $268.18
Books (Ebooks, paperbacks & hardcovers) $320.82 $57.56 $263.26
Total: $975.62 $82.56 $893.06

My book haul is a mix of review books, shelf books and cookbooks. I have one complaint. These cookbooks do not have pictures! How can you make a cookbook without pictures of the recipes? It is making it a little difficult to choose which recipes I want to try. I feel like it would be easier to choose if I could see what the recipe is supposed to look like. I am not a big cookbook person so maybe this is the way they are now, I just don’t like it. I will likely still be hitting up Pinterest for recipes.

I’m pretty excited to have Jeaniene Frost and Gena Showalter in hard cover. Fitting them on the shelves the way I want them will be the challenge now. I think the haul was pretty good considering what I spent and that one of the books was a Virtual Signing. So excited by the VS and can’t wait for it to come in.

March should be interesting with trying new recipes in my new Foodi. I’m hoping that it will shorten my cooking time at night so I’ll have time to get on the treadmill in the evenings. One of my goals is to get on the treadmill at least 3 times a week, and I’ve been pretty bad at that. The evenings are just so short by the time I get home from work. It’ll take some planning but I’m hoping

How was everyone’s February? Did you get some good books?