As book bloggers, we’re obsessed with many bookish things, the most obvious being books.
Some of us loan from libraries, some of us receive ARCs, and some of us just like to buy and own them. This results in all sorts of justifications for our hobby, and some interesting side-effects – book buying bans when we feel we’re over-spending (or just running out of shelf space!), and (in my case) scouring high and low for the best deals to make sure we don’t go homeless thanks to our literary loves.
I’m a great believer in hunting down deals and bargains (see my previous posts called Book Buying Bans and Me and Buying Books As Cheap As Possible), and I’ve always believed that while I do spend money on books, I spend a reasonable amount, and make sure I get a lot for my money. However, I’ve never set myself a strict budget, or been brave enough to put my bargain skills to the test and actually add-up what I’ve spent over the course of a year…
Octavia and Valeria made some interesting posts recently doing just that, and I thought I’d take the leap and join them. I’ve spent more than the following if you include purchases in physical bookstores, but being able to view my online orders was the only way to put this together as I don’t keep receipts (I plan to track my physical purchases in 2015 to compare next year!). Also, I’ve used the RRPs to calculate savings – while most stores will sell for slightly under this, again, this was the only logical way to put together this post. And finally, the amount I spent includes me using discount codes and the cash-back website Quidco to make savings.
The Book People
- Total Books Bought: 70
- Total Amount Spent: £117.25
- Average Price Per Book: £2.67
- Total RRP: £578.39
- Total Saving: £461.14
- Total Books Bought: 31
- Total Amount Spent: £59.85
- Average Price Per Book: £1.93
- Total RRP: £244.26
- Total Saving: £184.41
- Total Books Bought: 9
- Total Amount Spent: £28.81
- Average Price Per Book: £3.20
- Total RRP: £85.30
- Total Saving: £56.49
- Total Books Bought: 110
- Total Amount Spent: £205.91
- Average Price Per Book: £3.74
- Total RRP: £907.95
- Total Saving: £702.04
I know this doesn’t include purchases I made in a physical bookstore for 2014, but I’m actually pretty impressed with myself after breaking these figures down! My spend for 2014 works out at around £17 per month, and I think for someone who buys and reads books as much as I do, that’s pretty good! My love for deals and discounts appears to be working!!
Out of curiosity I’ve also included eBook purchases below, for the eBook RRPs, I just went with the current price on Amazon.
- Total eBooks Bought: 35
- Amount Spent on eBooks: £27.88
- Average Price Per eBook: £0.79
- Total RRP: £71.38
- Total Saving: £43.50
- Free eBooks “Bought”: 39
Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever added up your annual spend! Has this post made you think about calculating it? Or has it made you want to hunt out the best prices for your books??