Stephanie’s August & September 2015 Budget

Posted October 1st, 2015 by in *Feature/Meme / 2 comments

buget for 2015

At the beginning of July I decided to start a book budget. There is no shame in reasonable spending and I really need to develop this habit. In order to help keep myself in check, I’ll be doing monthly check ins. I missed doing August’s post so this is going to be two month’s worth. I know for a fact I went WAY over in August. I really have to stay away from those ebook “deals”.

My Rules:
  1. $25.00 in new books per month.
  2. Roll over any unspent money to the next month.
  3. Read what I want.
  4. Don’t buy it just because it’s on sale!
  5. Try to read 3 books from the TBR each month.
Savings Calculations:

I am an ereader with a big physical library. 90% of the time I will buy the ebook even if I’ve started the book in physical form. It’s far more convenient for me and I read faster. If I borrow an ebook from the library that I have a physical copy of at home, I’m still counting it towards my savings. It means that I didn’t spend the money on an ebook version and I knocked a book off my TBR!

Obviously any unowned borrowed books are going to be counted into my savings as well.

Books Purchased:
  • If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins – READ – $8.99
  • A Dangerous Liason with Detective Lewis by Jillian Stone – $1.36*
  • Starlight by Carrie Lofty – $1.99
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – $2.99
  • Third Lies the Charm by Lisa & Laura Roecker – $2.99
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert – $4.53
  • The Suffragette Scandal by Court Milan – $0.99
  • Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins – Already owned physical copy – READ – $10.99
  • Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer – $2.99
  • Asylum by Madeleine Roux – Already owned physical copy – $1.99
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green – $2.99
  • Criminal Confections by Colette London – $1.99
  • Just One Year by Gayle Foreman – $2.99
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – $1.99
  • How to Seduce a Duke by Kathryn Caskie – $1.99
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas – READ – $9.99
  • The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan – $3.99
  • Labor Day by Joyce Maynard – Already owned physical copy – $1.99
  • Scandalous Season by Christi Caldwell – $1.13
  • Entwined by Kristen Callihan – $0.99
  • Maybe Note by Colleen Hoover – READ – $2.99
  • Roar and Live by Veronica Rossi – READ – $2.99
  • Guidebook to Murder by Lynn Cahoon – $0.99
Total Purchased: $76.82 /16 Books added to the TBR
Mom Purchases:

These are more of a note for books I can read. My mom and I have the family lending going through Amazon. These books weren’t purchased with my money so they won’t count towards my spending. They also won’t count as additions to my TBR.

  • Cowboy of Mine by Red L. Jameson – $2.99
  • Duchess of Mine by Red L. Jameson – $0.99
  • Highlander of Mine by Red L. Jameson – $2.99
Free eBooks:

*Notates book purchased with DOJ/Publishers Settlement.

  • The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon*
  • Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins*
  • Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne*
  • Twisted Threads by Lea Wait*
  • Voice of the Gods by Eleanor Herman
  • His Prairie Princess by Kit Morgan
  • Enemy of Mine by Red L. Jameson
TBR Reads (TBR = Before 7/1/15): 12/6
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  • Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins
  • Stitch Me Deadly by Amanda Lee
  • Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto
  • Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
  • Firelight by Kristen Callihan
  • New Orleans Requiem by DJ Donaldson
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
  • Ember by Kristen Callihan
  • Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Borrowed from Library:

Nothing to report for two whole months!


Budget Rolling into Next Month: $0.00
Total Spent to Date: $115.43
Total Saved to Date: $16.58
Total Books Read from TBR to Date: 16
Total Books Purchased to Date: 33
Total Free Books to Date: 10
Total Added to TBR to Date: 23 (10 Freebies + 33 new purchases – 20 Read)



2 Responses to “Stephanie’s August & September 2015 Budget”

    • Stephaine

      They are SO hard to resist. Especially when I know where the price started out at! 🙂 I’m getting better though. I’m reading more physical books so that it’s easier to get books from my library. August was my bad month. It was so bad but September was a LOT better and I feel like I’m finally starting to take this seriously. 🙂

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