2015 Purchase Challenge

Challenge Goal: This will be the most difficult challenge for me in 2015. The goal of this challenge is to try to limit my book purchases to no more than $20 a month. I did this same challenge in 2014 and…failed. 2015 will be a better year!

I have given myself a “Special Purchases” category: This will encompass those books that would normally bust my budget but I have prepared for them in advance. Books in this category include: Malazan Book of the Fallen series, the Kate Daniels series and special pre-orders.

How my 2015 Challenge went:
I budgeted $240 on books for the year. This was to include all purchases for myself. I did not track gifts this year (sad face) but I doubt I spent more than $30 on gifts. This (of course) never includes my husband’s monthly Audible account.

Throughout 2015 I purchased 58 books for myself for a total of $212.40, averaging $3.66 per book. Of the $212.40, $87.14 was spent in “cash,” $28.93 was spent on special purchases (i.e. pre-orders, etc) and $96.33 was spent using a giftcard I received. Since I did not count the giftcard purchases towards my monthly budgeted amount, I ended 2015 with $152.86 remaining for 2015.
 
 

January 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 3
Total Amount Spent: $6.37
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Amount Spent: $6.37
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
January Budget Available (not including special purchases): $13.63
 

February 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 5
Total Amount Spent: $18.86
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $18.86
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
February Budget Available (not including special purchases): $1.14
 

March 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 4
Total Amount Spent: $20.93
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 1
(SP) Amount Spent: $8.85
(R) Amount Spent: $12.08
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
March Budget Available (not including special purchases): $7.92

 
April 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 9
Total Amount Spent: $7.74
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $7.74
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
April Budget Available (not including special purchases): $12.26

 
May 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 3
Total Amount Spent: $12.67
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $12.67
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
May Budget Available (not including special purchases): $7.33

 
June 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 1
Total Amount Spent: $6.49
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 1
(SP) Amount Spent: $6.49
(R) Amount Spent: $0.00
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
June Budget Available (not including special purchases): $20.00

 
July 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 4
Total Amount Spent: $21.52
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0.00
(R) Amount Spent: $21.52
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
July Budget Available (not including special purchases): -$1.52
 

August 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 7
Total Amount Spent: $61.82
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 1
(SP) Amount Spent: $13.59
(R) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Other/Giftcard: $36.81
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
August Budget Available (not including special purchases/other): $8.58
 

September 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 3
Total Amount Spent: $0.00
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Other/Giftcard: $11.97
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
September Budget Available (not including special purchases/other): $20.00
 

October 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 12
Total Amount Spent: $26.20
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $14.27
(O) Other/Giftcard: $11.93
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
October Budget Available (not including special purchases/other): $5.73
 

November 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 5
Total Amount Spent: $21.95
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $0.00
(O) Other/Giftcard: $21.95
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
November Budget Available (not including special purchases/other): $20.00
 

December 2015 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 2
Total Amount Spent: $7.30
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $0.00
(O) Other/Giftcard: $7.30
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
December Budget Available (not including special purchases/other): $20.00
 
 

 

2015 Year to Date
2015 Budget Allotted: $240.00
2015 Budget Remaining (less Special Purchases/Other): $152.86

Books Purchased: 58 (avg $3.66 per book)
Total Amount Spent: $212.40
(R) Cash Amount Spent: $87.14
(SP) Total Special Purchase Spent: $28.93
(O) Other/Giftcard: $96.33
Amount Spent Less Special Purchase(s) & Other: $87.14
Lost Sales: 0
Total Amount Over (YTD) Budget: $0.00

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