Out With The Old: February 2014
Some Quick Facts:
- Books Read: 7 audiobooks, 5 books = 11 total
- Books Reviewed: 8
- Favorite Book Read: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan
- Favorite Post: Was It Good For You? Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall
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?