Balancing the Book Budget April 2015

Posted April 30, 2015 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 6 Comments


Book Budget 2015

Balancing the Book Budget April 2015


  1. I can purchase up to $300 that I got in GC from Christmas/Birthday.
  2. I can use my audible credits — I have 27 credits (I had 15 and got 12 for Christmas)/4 credits on another account
  3. If I buy extra credits or if I use “Add Professional Narration” that comes out of my GC amount
  4. I will track all my monthly reads through this post

Budget started with: $300 + $100 from late Birthday/Christmas cards (but I am not yet adding that to my total)

I need to explain that while my budget is $300–my goal is to stay under $150 for the year.

Starting Total for March: $287.08 and 17 Audiobook Credits

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts:

  1. Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams (READ) –  $7.99
  2. The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet: Lose Weight, Get Healthy and Feel Amazing by Joe Cross (Not Here Yet) – $13.50 (bought for a work challenge but still took it out of my book budget)

Total Purchased (# Added to the TBR):  $21.49 — 1 added to the TBR

Audiobook Credits used:

  1. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (Audible Freebie) (need to relisten now that James does the narration)
  2. Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (Pre-Order)- 1 Credit
  3. The Duke and The Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath (Pre-Order) – 1 credit
  4. Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy (LISTENING)- 1 credit
  5. Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (Pre-Order) – 1 credit
  6. Predator One by Jonathan Maberry (LISTENED) – 1 credit)

Credits Left (# Added to the TBR):  11 credits – Technically nothing on the TBR as I don’t have the pre-orders and I am listening to Dead Lands

Review Books (Physical, Audio, or Edelweiss):

  1. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs (READ)
  2. A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins (Tantor)
  3. What a Lass Wants by Rowan Keats (Tantor)
  4. Some Like It Witchy by Heather Blake (Tantor)
  5. Murder Simply Stitched by Isabella Alan (Tantor)
  6. The Science of Skinny by Dee McCaffrey (Tantor)
  7. Polar Bared by Eve Langlais (Tantor)

# of books added to the TBR:  6

Books Won/Gifted:

  1. Every 15 Minutes by Lisa Scottoline (Audio)
  2. Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline (Audio)
  3. Eat. Nourish. Glow.: 10 easy steps for losing weight, looking younger & feeling healthier by Amelia Freer (READ)(Physical Book)

# of books added to the TBR:  2

What I shopped off my TBR (Things I owned or had for review before Jan 1 2015):

  1. Hunted by Elizabeth Heiter
  2. In a Witch’s Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell
  3. Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

Total off the TBR:  3

What I borrowed from the library/friend :

  1. Witchblade: Demon Reborn (Graphic Novel)
  2. Burn for Me by Carolyn Crane
  3. Pretty Deadly (Graphic Novel)

Total Amount Saved Shopping at the Library (This Year–price based on version that I borrowed):  $75.80 (Jan) + $42.27 (Feb) + 45.97 (March) + 29.87 (April)= $193.82

Books Purchased by my Mom (we share a Kindle–the only ones on this list are ones I wouldn’t purchase if just me)

  1. NONE


Budget left starting next month:

  • Gift Card Balance: 265.59
  • Audiobook Credits: 11

Number of Books added to my TBR:   12 (took off 3) so 9 total.

Total Spent this year: $34.41


Challenge Updates: This will be only close because I haven’t reviewed them all yet!

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6 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget April 2015

  1. Felicia you are rocking this challenge! I love reading your budget recaps. They’re pretty inspirational. I’m going to have to really buckle down and start sticking to a budget. I suppose starting with using my library more is a step in the right direction. 😉

  2. I went on a little e-book bender this week but I haven’t’ bought anything in a long time – caught up on review books and even made a dent in the older TBR book pile so I’m cutting myself some slack on that.

    You’re doing great on your challenges.

  3. You are doing so well. I am so proud of you. I haven’t even looked at my challenge progress, that is why I am the worst at challenges. Day Shift was actually pretty darn good, I got it off NG and read is last week. Hope you enjoy it

  4. Wow! So impressed… you have done an amazing job so far this year. I have stayed under budget most months. I plan to shop my shelves more this summer and use the library a lot more too. 🙂