Quarter 2 of 2018 is complete! Can you believe it? If you remember, I wanted to do some quarterly expenses for you guys when it came to my book buying habit. I wrote a whole blog post about how I expect to save some money in the book world. Don’t worry, I have some ideas to help you if you’re saving for traveling, that will be a little bit later this year.
With us buying a house, expenses on fun things are really important. So here’s the thing, what I might have said first quarter has changed this quarter. But that’s going to happen since this is all real life numbers. I’ve considered what I really care about other than a house and that’s of course traveling and reading. Which means I had to really consider how to continue to read and do those things with a completely different budget from before.
So let’s recap a bit:
In the first quarter, I went from book box subscriptions to one time boxes because I was ending up with too many things that I didn’t care for. This quarter I removed myself from book boxes completely (well, at least half way through this quarter). Again, I was really liking the stuff on a regular basis anymore. Instead, I figured I’d try for a past box later on if I really liked the stuff in it. Could this mean I don’t get it? Yes, but that’s just a risk I was willing to take, because honestly I have so many things I don’t want. Even some books, that I’ll be donating — it’s great to donate but I spent that money on what exactly?
Total Spent in Quarter 2 on Book Boxes: $22.00
I tried some new things with my book stuff. I get cash back when I use honey. Which is basically like ebates but for gift cards only, and sometimes you can get points in areas where you can’t with ebates. I was able to get a few Amazon gift cards that helped pay for some of my books this quarter. You can find out more through my referral link here. On top of paperbackbookswap. I also use some cash back I get from Amazon — prime is worth it.
- A Darker Shade of Magic
- A Gathering of Shadows
- War Storm
- Still Lives
- A Gentleman in Moscow
- The Girl Who Smiled Beads
Total Spent on Books in Quarter 2: $44.22
Here’s where the numbers stand:
My 2017 (Baseline) Book/Bookish $$ = 863 (Quarterly Goal <=$194)
My 2018 Quarter 1 Book/Bookish $$ = $172.29! $21.96 Under Budget
My 2018 Quarter 2 Book/Bookish $$ = $66.22 127.78 Under Budget
So far so good. Between gift cards/cash back and omitting the book boxes, I’m feeling good with my budget. I don’t really miss the book boxes either which has me pretty certain that I made the right decision in stopping them for now.
How do you save/spend for things that you really like? Or budget in general on things?