Felicia @ Geeky Bloggers Book Blog does a monthly breakdown of her book budget. In the past week, I’ve realized that I throw away an enormous amount of money that could be going to so many better things. That’s to say that I don’t believe books aren’t worth the money! Not at all. I’m still reading as much as ever. In the past year or so I have been known to purchase a Kindle edition when the physical copy is sitting on my shelf. I wanted the convenience of being able to read it on my phone or on my Kindle. A lot of times I’d pay $10 to get a book that I already have. You guys, on top of all of that, I have SO many books that need to be read. I DON’T need any more books but I’ve come to the realization that I will still buy books. It’s what I do. It’s my hobby and my passion. I’ve decided to just add some structure to what I do spend.
In order to help with this process I’ve eliminated my extra Amazon wishlists. The only wishlist I have now is my RAK & Exchange wishlist. This should help with temptation. The only books that make it on this list are the books that I can’t get through my library or Paperbackswap. I’ve created a spreadsheet with library books and if my library has them or if I need to get them elsewhere.
I also have to say that I have an awesome library system. Seriously they have almost every book that I want available and if my library doesn’t have it, they can get it. There’s really not a reason to not tap that potential! Not only is this going to hold me financially accountable (it will help me realize the money I am saving too!) but it should help me knock down my TBR a few books each month.
I can purchase 2 books a month (Either Kindle or Paperback)
I can download free books but must track them.
I can borrow up to three library books in one month.
I can use 1 Paperbackswap credit per month. (The exception being wishlist items because those come up when they come up.)
I can receive books as gifts or win them but must track them. (This includes giveaway books from blogs, contests and RAKs)
I can request/receive no more than 1 (paper or kindle) book per month for review.
I can participate in RAK with a budget of $20.00
I will keep track of total dollars spent on all book related activities: blog giveaways, RAKs, gifts and of course my own personal purchases
Check back at the end of April to see how I did!!