Balancing the Book Budget: March 2013

Posted March 31, 2013 by Felicia S in Book Budget / 21 Comments

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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.

 2013 Balancing the Book Budget Totals

Books Purchased/Dollar Amounts (4): Dang OVER!

  • One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean $7.57 (READ)
  • Dead Reckoning: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris $8.65 (READ)
  • Dead in the Family: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood) by Charlaine Harris $8.65 (READ)
  • Once Her Man, Always Her Man: A 1 Night Stand Story: Always a Marine, Book 1(Audiobook) by Heather Long ($1.99)

Total Spent: 26.86

Audiobook Credits (3) used: I still have 1 unused credits for when something screams at me 🙂 

  • Deadly Sting (Digital Audiobook) by Jennifer Estep (READ)
  • A Rogue by Any Other Name (Digital Audiobook) by Sarah MacLean (READ)
  • (PRE-Order) Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris

Book Club Purchase (1): It was cheaper to get the combo ebook/audio than the audio on its own. 

  • Die For Me by Cynthia Eden ($4.32)/Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer (Digital Audiobook) ($2.15) (READ)

Total Spent: $6.47

Books for Review (Physical, Edelweiss, NetGalley, Blog Tour) (9):  Went way over though I did make sure that they were spread over the next few months.

  • Bare it All by Lori Foster (Blog Tour)
  • Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks (Edelweiss/Released/Read)
  • The Marrying Season by Candace Camp (Edelweiss/April 23)
  • What a Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries (Edelweiss/June 18)
  • Exposed by Laura Griffin (Edelweiss/June 25)
  • Caged Warrior by Lindsey Piper (Edelweiss/June 25)
  • Night Demon by Lisa Kessler (NetGalley/Released)
  • Taking Shots by Toni Aleo (NetGalley/April 23)
  • Trying to Score by Toni Aleo (NetGalley/April 23)

Discover a New Love Credits (3): I have one banked for another day

  • A Shot of Sultry by Macy Beckett
  • The Geek Girl and The Scandalous Early by Gina Lamm
  • Cowboy Tough by Joanne Kennedy

Audiobooks for Review (2): My books from Brilliance did not make it in before the end of the month

  • Dark Desires After Dark by Kresley Cole (Simon and Schuster)
  • A Long Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter (Simon and Schuster)

Books Won (6):

  • The Charmed: Book One of a Trilogy by Christine Wenrick
  • Won a basket from Christie Craig/CC Hunter (5 Books included)

Book Events (2):

  • Dinner with Vicki Pettersson
  • Dreaming in Dallas Book Signing

Total Spent: Dinners were around $40.00

Books Gifted (2):

  • Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
  • Time Untime (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Freebies are tracked on Goodreads

Books I added to the shelves this month: 32
Books I read this month: 22 (I didn’t meet my goal this month DARN IT)
Seriously Series Reads: 15
TBR Tipping (Books Purchased before 1/1/13): 13
Review Books: 1
New Purchases/Gifts Read (Books Purchased after 3/1/13): 7
Goodreads 200 book challenge: 64 of 200


Overall not a great month BUT not completely out of control!  I am actually quite surprised how well I am holding to my budget.  This month was hard though as I had to pass by many books that I actually really wanted.  Where is my book fairy godmother LOL

Felicia S
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21 responses to “Balancing the Book Budget: March 2013

    • I added the event part because well they count. However, I also count books if I buy them at the event in my total other count. That really is more for my knowledge because I haven’t tracked that number before….

  1. You’re so good about keeping track. I REALLY need to check in at what I’ve spent so far this year — I know it’s more than I think because I keep ordering ebooks, which still just seem fake to me and, therefore, don’t *actually* cost money (haha!).

  2. You know I have the spending under control. I stopped buying books mostly because I can’t even read them because I am too backed up with my ARCS. I have seriously got to get the NG and Edelweiss under control so I can have time to read one I want to read. I am trying to not request anything until Fall unless there is a must have book. I must get under control. I am so impressed you are doing an amazing job!

    • LOL we all have our book quirks 🙂 Actually last year my NG and Edelweiss weren’t under control either (and even this year I requested a few more than I would like but way less than before). 🙂

  3. You did good on the TBR pile this month. I did not read as many books this month either, my totals will appear next Sunday on the Post..since I have till midnight to do some damage!

  4. Jennifer

    I’ve been pretty good this month, but I used gift cards for all my purchases anyway. Kinda cheating. I really don’t need any books when I have hundreds in the pile…
    I don’t think I could ever officially budget myself, so you’re my hero!

    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

    • Gift cards are not cheating. Last night someone gave me a $30 to Barnes and Noble–I used it on books 🙂 I had to budget myself because well the totals for last 5 years is a little out of control —read WAY OUT OF CONTROL LOL