Balancing the Book Budget: February 2013 Check-In

Posted February 28, 2013 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 7 Comments


Balancing the Book Budget: January 2013 Check-In

Monthly Balancing the Book Budget Check-In!


  • I can purchase 2 books a month (Either Kindle or Paperback form)
  • I can use my audible credits (2 a month).  So if I hit a 3 for 2 sale score for me but I will not be purchasing additional credits in a month.
  • I can use my Discover a New Love credit every month. (I actually have 2 saved up that will be used at some time too)
  • I can make 1 book club purchase a month.  I had to add this in because I don’t always read the same books my book clubs do.  I have 2 book clubs so this does pose a bit of a problem as they don’t often pick the same book and one of the 2 I run.  However, I did not want to add 2 books to my purchase total.  Sometimes I will have to go strictly for the social aspect or get the book from the library.
  • I can download free books but must track them.
  • I can receive books as gifts or win them but must track them. (This is includes giveaway books from blogs, contests, Library Thing, and Goodreads)
  • I can request/receive no more than 2 (paper or kindle) books per month for review.  Once I am caught up from last years requests I might up that to 3 but right now I need to catch up.
  • I can continue to request Brilliance Audiobooks for review but no more than 5 of those.  I knock these out pretty quickly and audiobooks are something that I adore.
  • I will keep track of total dollars spent on all book related activities: dinners for book clubs, conventions, book related expenses, etc.
  • Armchair Audie purchases don’t count towards this as I am really excited about participating!

Feb 2013 Balancing the Book Budget Totals

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts (6): I bought more than 2 books BUT the Vicki Pettersson books have been on my wishlist forever!  They were .99 each! So I spent way less that I would have on 2 books 🙂

Total Spent: $6.42

  • The Scent of Shadows (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 1) by Vicki Pettersson
  • The Taste of Night (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 2) by Vicki Pettersson
  • The Touch of Twilight (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 3) by Vicki Pettersson
  • City of Souls (Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson
  • Cheat the Grave: The Fifth Sign of the Zodiac by Vicki Pettersson
  • The Neon Graveyard (Sign of the Zodiac) by Vicki Pettersson

Audiobook Credits (2) used: I still have 3 unused credits for when something screams at me 🙂

Total Spent: $22.95 (Armchair Audie purchases $10.00)

  • (2 for 1 buy): Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks (ARMCHAIR AUDIE) (READ)
  • (2 for 1 buy): To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (READ)
  • (Freebie): Undead in my Bed by Molly Harper
  • (Armchair Audie) The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1 by Jennifer Ashley
  • (Armchair Audie) My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

Book Club Purchase (1):

Total Spent: $5.40

  • The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton

Books for Review (Physical, Edelweiss, NetGalley) (3): Went over by 1

  • Mark of the Sylph by Rosalie Lario
  • Before the Mission Begins by Christi Snow (READ)
  • Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Discover a New Love Credits (2):  I still have 3 extra credits to use..

  • X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts
  • Cowboy Tough by Joanne Kennedy

Audiobooks for Review (5):

  • Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas (READ)
  • Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep (READ)
  • A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day (READ)
  • A Hunger So Wild by Sylvia Day (READ)
  • Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

Books Won (2):

  • From xAurianx: Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer
  • From Library Thing: Midnight Secrets by Ella Grace (READ)

Book Events (2):

Total Spent: $62.00

  • Marissa Meyer: Hard Copies of Cinder and Scarlett Signed ($18.50 per book)
  • Maya Banks: Soft Copy of Rush (Included in event price-$25.00)

Books Gifted (1):

  • Demon Hunting In a Dive Bar by Lexi George

Freebies are tracked on Goodreads

Books I added to the shelves this month: 27
Books I read this month: 22
Seriously Series Reads: 19
TBR Tipping (Books Purchased before 1/1/13): 10
Review Books: 10
New Purchases/Gifts Read (Books Purchased after 2/1/13): 2
Goodreads 200 book challenge: 44 of 200 (Great work, you’re 13 books (6%) ahead of schedule.)

Felicia S
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7 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget: February 2013 Check-In

  1. I just totaled up my spreadsheet for the year so far and I’ve spend $125 on books but $54 of it was on kids books for my son so that’s not so bad.

    I’ve been catching a lot of $0.99-$1.99 Nook books so that’s helping with my budget.

    And I’ve only bought one $4.95 audio since I purchased a year membership (12 credits) last year from audible and I have 5 credits left. So I’ll need to watch my credit spending and try to catch audios through their sales.

  2. I *like* that Seriously Series number!

    Well done, all around. You might have gone over your goal numbers in some of the categories but those .99 deals are HARD to pass up. Especially when it’s in a series you’ve had on your wishlist.

  3. I read this twice, it still hurts my brain. So.. this is good, no? 😀 I’m just picking on your organization b/c I can, I have none and I’m entirely jealous!!!

    I thought you were working… chop chop!!! Hang in there, girlie!!! ps. love the hair!!!