Out With The Old & In With The New | February 2014

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Michelle @ Because Reading & I are recapping 2014 and looking ahead to 2015 the next 11 days. Feel free to join us! I’ll be sharing highlights month-by-month and giving you a peak at my goals for 2015.

Out With The Old: February 2014

Some Quick Facts:

Michelle and I did our first Was It Good For You? Post in February and it was so much fun! We’ve changed our format since then; it was kinda overwhelming to read. But for me, it’s still a favorite post because it’s so fun to read and remember the way Michelle and I talked and talked and talked! February was also a really great reading month for me – I read 11 books (which is fairly average) and liked them all.

In With The New: Goal #2

Another goal I made for 2014 was to make a book budget and stick to it. I did – with some altering and adjusting to figure out what I “needed.” In 2015 I’m going to be stricter about this. I own over 600 books that I haven’t read and it’s time to start reading them. Making my budget stricter will work really well with the Show Your Shelves Some Love: No Book Buying Challenge that I’m doing. Here’s my 2015 budget:

  • Audible Membership: $149.50 (yearly plan, downgraded from last year’s platinum plan)
  • Giveaways: $150 (I realized I need to set a limit for myself on this too)
  • Purchases: gift cards + money earned through rewards

That’s right – I’m not budgeting ANY money for buying new books! I already have some gift card money and anticipate more after Christmas. That will be the main way I can buy books. But I can also earn money by doing a few things:

  • $1.00 for every week I average 10,000 steps/day
  • $1.00 for every week I keep my food journal
  • $1.00 for every week I write 2,500 words (500/day)
  • $5.00 for every month I don’t spend money on a book.
  • $5.00 for every series I finish/catch up on
  • $0.10 for every book I read from the library
  • $0.10 for every book I read that I owned in 2014

So I’ve built in some motivation, but as you’ve probably noticed I can’t earn much money per month. That’s because I just don’t want to spend money on books this year. I own way too many. I am leaving my door open though for buying new releases that I HAVE to have, between my audible account, gift cards, and earning some money.

Do you remember February? What was your favorite part? Are you setting a book budget?

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10 Responses to “Out With The Old & In With The New | February 2014”

  1. Rachael Turns Pages

    I love this idea of earning money for working out. I’m making a lifestyle change in 2015. I’m cutting out most junk food and eating healthier and going back on my exercise plan. I often get on an exercise plan in January and only stick with it through September. I’m going to try to make it through 2015 this year. Also I’m rewarded for books read. Although I can’t make a whole lot of money I still think it is going to be worth it in the end. I have been trying to decide how to do my book budget this year. Thank you.
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  2. Rachael Turns Pages

    I love this idea of earning money for working out. I’m making a lifestyle change in 2015. I’m cutting out most junk food and eating healthier and going back on my exercise plan. I often get on an exercise plan in January and only stick with it through September. I’m going to try to make it through 2015 this year. Also I’m rewarded for books read. Although I can’t make a whole lot of money I still think it is going to be worth it in the end. I have been trying to decide how to do my book budget this year.
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  3. Terri M.
    Twitter:

    Thanks for the #ShelfLove plug, Berls!

    My friends and family don’t think I can go a whole year without buying a book. However, I just got 2 gift cards in the last couple of days plus I figured out that MyPoints account has enough points to get $150 in Amazon gift cards. So I think I’ll be fine for those must have releases!

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews
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  4. Jennifer @ The Book Nympho
    Twitter:

    I don’t plan on buying books in 2015 either. I did really well with my book buying ban this year. The few I got I used gift cards to purchase.

    I’m focusing on my TBR pile (books I already own) and using my library and Netgalley for books I don’t have.

    I’m even putting my Audible account on hold. I have tons of audios I own and not listen to yet and a pile of audios for review so they will keep me busy.
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  5. Stormi
    Twitter:

    Does your not buying books count for free books? You didn’t exactly pay money for them but you still have to buy them in a sense that you have to click the buy button? I am just curious..lol. I need to make a book budget although I really don’t buy a lot because of no finances for it but maybe it would allow me to see how many books I one-click for .99 as that does add up..lol. πŸ™‚
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  6. Danee
    Twitter:

    I love your budget ideas! Definitely a great way to earn book money &keep yourself from overindulging, even if you don’t really have a “set” limit.

    I think it was around February 2014 that I really started blogging about books. Seeing your post definitely makes me think I should try and see what worked–and what didn’t for my blog!

    Danee @ Fiction Function
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