Cutting the Budget: Week 2 – The Little Reader That Could

Posted January 11, 2014 by Shari in Cutting the Budget / 8 Comments

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Cutting the Budget 2014

Welcome to the second week of Cutting the Budget for 2014. Hanging in there with me? After last week there were a few questions so let’s add a few details and then get to business.

  • $40.00 a month spending limit on bound & ebooks
  • $22.95/month for 2 Audible Credits (Currently have 4 unused)
  • Taxes are included in book prices
  • Weekly report on what was spent
  • Use includes coupon, code, or subscription services
  • Budget includes ebooks, bound books, and audio books
  • Books received as gifts, won or bought with a gift card can be included but they cost you nothing since you didn’t actually spend your own money on them. So keep using them and keeping your budget healthy!

Four days into the New Year and how am I doing? Let’s take a look…

Book and Author Source Price + Tax Budget Left
Need You Tonight by Roni Loren NetGalley $0.00 $33.78
Inside Out by Lauren Dane Amazon $6.41 ($5.99 + $.42) $27.37
Theirs to Cherish by Shayla Black NetGalley $0.00 $27.37
What a Woman Wants by Judi Fennell NetGalley $0.00 $27.37
Striking Distance by Pamela Clare Audible Credit $0.00 $27.37
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare Audio Books Credit $0.00 $27.37

left for January 2014

So here is my first tip of 2014! is a site that looks at your wishlist and monitors when prices drop on your books. When the price drops, they send you an alert so you can hopefully get the best price on your books! That is how I learned about Inside Out, otherwise I wouldn’t have seen the price drop!

Also, this week it looks like some new releases had a pre-order price. Once the book came out, the price lowered and pre-orders didn’t get the lower price. So be careful, you might get suckered into paying a dollar or more for a book and waiting a few hours might save your pocketbook.

Week 2 of 2014
How are you doing on your book buying budget?

With almost half the month gone, are you staying on budget? I still have over half my budget but I have to thank NetGalley for saving me this week. I will sayI have wanted Inside Out by Lauren Dane for over two years. It was priced at $12.99 but recently came down to $5.99. I had to snap at the chance! I also used one of my four credits from Audible to get a book and I forgot I had two credits from still to use. So I got quite a bit for my money since I won some of these subscriptions.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Braine TS

Good job! Every little thing helps that’s why I have my trusty library card to trim down my book expenses lower.

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I wish my library carried more ebooks. My eyesight hasn’t been good this year and I am finding it harder and harder to read paperbacks. I like increasing the font.

Sophia Rose

I got the first two books in the Weird Girls series still on gift card. I have mostly been reading freebies from ARe and review copies so I have only spent $6 this month. I have one must-have new release at the end of the month (last Cat and Bones what can I say), but I should be able to stick to my TBR and review pile until at least next month.

Good job Shari!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

woohoo! Good going! I didn’t get to read much today or even work on the blog. I think I bought a free book or two…yeah, I was bored and too tired to read…didn’t sleep with the drunk woman screaming in the hallway of the hotel. So hopefully I will sleep like a baby after the Colts win and get my reading groove on.

Sophia Rose

I never sleep well in hotels. Hope last night was better.

Sharonda Lowman

I’ve been catching sales and some Freebies, so I’m doing pretty good so far this month.I set myself up on a $20 maximum budget for my books (mainly because I buy ebooks more). And a I alway use my employee discount for any paperbacks I want.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read

Good luck on $20. If I can keep it under $40 then I might reduce it some more. $40 is still a lot. But I have tons on my TBR pile to rad first.


I liked this, maybe you could do a little meme. I want in. Need to shop less and read more.