2016 Purchase Challenge

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 is still going well so far. I want to keep this going into 2016!

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.

I’ve also added an “Other” category. This category will be for giftcards and other money that I can put towards books without spending my own money.

 

How my 2016 Challenge went:
I budgeted $240 on books for the year. This was to include all purchases for myself and (of course) does NOT include my husband’s monthly Audible account. I did not (again!) track gift purchases but most of them were Christmas gifts.

Throughout 2016 I purchased 59 books for myself for a total of $217.06, averaging $3.68 per book. Of the $217.06, $145.18 was spent in “cash” and $71.88 was spent on special purchases (i.e. pre-orders, etc). I ended 2016 with $94.82 remaining for 2016.

These totals are very close to 2015 so…very little improvement (if any) from 2015.
 

2016 Year to Date
2016 Budget Allotted: $240.00
2016 Budget Remaining (less Special Purchases & Other): $94.82

Books Purchased: 59 (avg $3.68 per book)
Total Amount Spent: $217.06
Total Special Purchase(s) Spent: $71.88
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0.00
Amount Spent Less Special Purchase(s) and Other: $145.18
Lost Sales: 0
Total Amount Over (YTD) Budget: $0.00

 

December 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 1
Total Amount Spent: $1.99
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $1.99
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
December Budget Available (not including special purchases): $18.01

 

November 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 0
Total Amount Spent: $0.00
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
November Budget Available (not including special purchases): $20.00

 

October 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 1
Total Amount Spent: $12.37
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $0
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
October Budget Available (not including special purchases): $7.63

 

September 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 10
Total Amount Spent: $63.41
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 1
(SP) Amount Spent: $20.97
(R) Amount Spent: $42.44
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
September Budget Available (not including special purchases): -$22.44

 

August 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 2
Total Amount Spent: $6.98
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 1
(SP) Amount Spent: $3.99
(R) Amount Spent: $2.99
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
August Budget Available (not including special purchases): $17.01

 

July 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 2
Total Amount Spent: $4.74
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0.00
(R) Amount Spent: $0.00
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
July Budget Available (not including special purchases): $15.26

 

June 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 18
Total Amount Spent: $32.72
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 1
(SP) Amount Spent: $15.47
(R) Amount Spent: $17.25
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
June Budget Available (not including special purchases): $2.75

 
 

May 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 9
Total Amount Spent: $19.30
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0.00
(R) Amount Spent: $19.30
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
May Budget Available (not including special purchases): $0.70

 

April 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 1
Total Amount Spent: $2.99
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 1
(SP) Amount Spent: $2.99
(R) Amount Spent: $0.00
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
April Budget Available (not including special purchases): $20.00

 

March 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 5
Total Amount Spent: $41.62
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 2
(SP) Amount Spent: $28.46
(R) Amount Spent: $13.16
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
March Budget Available (not including special purchases): $6.84
 

February 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 4
Total Amount Spent: $10.97
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $10.97
(O) Other/Giftcard: $0
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
February Budget Available (not including special purchases): $9.03
 

January 2016 Totals:
Total Books Purchased: 6
Total Amount Spent: $19.97
Special Purchase Books Purchased: 0
(SP) Amount Spent: $0
(R) Amount Spent: $0.00
(O) Other/Giftcard: $19.97
Potential Sales Abandoned: 0
Money Saved (Lost Sales): $0
January Budget Available (not including special purchases): $0.03

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