Pinching Pennies | April 2014

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Pinching Pennies

You may have seen similar posts by other bloggers, such as Feclia @ The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog‘s Balancing the Book Budget or Jennifer @ The Book Nympho‘s Book Budget. I thought it was a great idea so Pinching Pennies is my version of being trying to be responsible when purchasing books. And a big thanks to Michelle @ Because Reading is better than real life for designing my button!

April’s Goal

My goal since March has been $30 or less. And now that I’ve learned to fully embrace my library and to focus on reading the books I already have, it’s turning out to be a pretty easy goal! Let’s see how I did this month.

April’s Spending & New Additions

Audio Books

Total Spent: $0.00
Credits Spent: 1 (25 remaining for the year)
Total Saved by using the library: 2 credits or $55.98

Here’s what I got:
Written in Red by Anne Bishop (1 Audible Credit)
Fast Money by Colleen Helme (For review from Audiobook Jukebox)
Lie or Die by Colleen Helme (For review from Audiobook Jukebox)
Secrets that Kill by Colleen Helme (For review from Audiobook Jukebox)
Crave by Monica Murphy (won from The Book Nympho)
Torn by Monica Murphy (won from The Book Nympho)
Savor by Monica Murphy (won from The Book Nympho)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (from the library – saved 1 credit/$27.99)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (from the library – saved 1 credit/$27.99)

Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Etc.

I have drastically cut back my 1-clicking as I try to focus on reading the books I’ve owned for far too long!
Purchases: $8.07
Here’s what I got:
9 eBook Freebies
The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer
Torn by Laura Bailey
The Medium by C.J. Archer
UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn
The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton
Guardians: The Girl by Lola StVil
Stained by Ella James
The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen
Turned by Morgan Rice

eBooks Purchased:
Alphas After Dark – anthology with 9 different authors $1.07
$7.00 Manic Monday Giveaway with Kim Harrison (not sure which signed book I’ll get, but I’m pretty sure I managed to get one. Yay!!)

The Pirate Bride by Sandra Hill (from Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer)
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Kate Finn (from Michelle @ Book Briefs)

For Review:
Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin (NetGalley)

End Results

I did pretty awesome this month, spending only $8.07 out of my $30 budget and only 1 out of my remaining 25 (now 24) credits for the year at audible. I also saved $55.98 (or 2 credits) by going to the library this month! And I’m not grabbing every book in sight now that I’m trying to be more careful about my spending – so I still got a lot of good books this month (especially thanks to giveaways), but a more manageable number for sure = 23 books!

Do you keep a book budget?

How’d you do in April 2014?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

4 Responses to “Pinching Pennies | April 2014”

    • Berls

      I know, they’re so expensive!! I’ve been spoiled though, using audible and I’m having to get used to not always having the book I want to read on my phone. The book I’m listening to now is on a playaway and it keeps randomly turning off on me and the battery isn’t even low!! And I can’t listen on my bluetooth speaker in the shower. So it’s taking some adjusting, but I still love realizing that I saved so much money!
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  1. Stormi

    This is a really cool way of keeping track of what you spend. I have never made a book budget and just grab things when I have extra money, but mostly nab the freebies. I am so glad I found audiobook jukebox! I love audiobooks but I just can’t afford them.

    I am trying my darnest to not grab from netgalley and edelweiss so I can catch up but darn it they keep sending me those cool I am like you I have way to many books I have purchased that need to be read before going on a spending spree. 🙂
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    • Berls

      I just started keeping a book budget this year because I had no idea how out of control I was getting! I’m trying to keep a handle on the books I want to read, but there’s just so many! And Netgalley/Edelweiss are always killing me with those emails. I JUST got my Netgalley ratio up to over 80% and what did I do? Start requesting books again! *shakes head* I’m hopeless.
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