Pinching Pennies | October 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!

October 2014’s Goal

This year has been an experiment in book budgeting. But I think I finally have a system down for this year. Next year I’ll be drastically reducing my yearly goal, though!

Yearly goal = $500
Spent (before October 2014) = $332.90
Remaining (before October 2014) = $167.10

October 2014’s Spending & New Additions

Audible Credits

Credits: 0 credits spent; 2 Credits Remaining

There were several Audible Sales this month, but I resisted! Now if only I could say I did so well with the rest of my purchases…


Something I learned this month — going to author events really works out that credit card! I couldn’t resist the opportunity to get books signed and well, I’m pretty sure I broke the bank :/

Spent: $110.90

Here’s what I got:

Audiobooks: $0.00
I didn’t buy any audiobooks either!

eBooks Purchased: $1.07

Al! $1.07


Hard Cover: $40.96

The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison


Lialah by Nikki Kelly - Signed!


Altered by Gennifer Albin - Signed!


The One - B&N


Paperback: $69.94

UnRemembered by Jessica Brody - Signed!


Stone Cold Touch - Buns & Roses


The Bride Says No - Buns & Roses


The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell - Signed!


The Groom Says Yes by Cathy Maxwell Signed


Foreplay by Sophie Jordan - Signed!


Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells - Signed!


The Elite B&N


The Prince and The Guard - B&N



11 eBook Freebies


Kindle Freebie


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Blalck Moon - Cover Girls

Book Club giveaway

Tiger Magic - JA

From Jennifer Ashley

Rules for a Proper Governess - JA

From Jennifer Ashley

The Wicked Deeds of Daniel McKenzie - JA

From Jennifer Ashley

Foreplay by Sophie Jordan - Signed!

Gifted from Felicia

Tease - Felicia

Gifted from Felicia

Wild - Felicia

Gifted from Felicia

Wait For You - Felicia

Gifted from Felicia

Be With Me - Felicia

Gifted from Felicia

Stay With Me - Felicia

Gifted from Felicia

For Review:

The Black Ship - Netgalley



the Winner's Curse- DPL

From Dallas Library

Far Gone - Felicia


End Results

I was really thinking I’d be out of book money after last month, so I’m pleasantly surprised that I managed to end it with a bit left for November and December. I’m also proud of myself for making it through the month only adding one book to my NetGalley collection! Several of the purchases supported charity too, so they were money well spent. I ended up with 49 books – meaning I got each book for about $2.26. Considering that 4 of them were hard covers, 19 were paper backs, and 3 were audio books that’s pretty great.

Updated Totals

Yearly goal = $500
Spent so far this year = $332.90 + $110.90 = $443.80
Remaining (after October 2014) = $56.20

Do you keep a book budget?

How’d you do in October 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!

7 Responses to “Pinching Pennies | October 2014”

  1. Lexxie

    WOW, you’re very good, Berls! I don’t keep a book budget at all, I just get books when I want them… Or when I have to get them for classes. I guess books just ‘feel’ cheap to me when I can buy them on amz, because in Switzerland, a paper-back is at least 12-15 dollars each.
    You did get a lot of very nice-looking books, though. I hope you’ll be able to keep to your budget for the last two months of the year.
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