Last January, I put together a post that analysed how much I spent on books throughout the year, and I’ve decided to bring it back for a 2016 edition. I personally prefer physical books to eBooks, and I generally prefer owning books as opposed to borrowing them from the library. This can result in a toppling TBR pile (literally – my sister used to call it my wall of books, now she calls it book-Jenga), and it can also result in a large spend if I’m not careful. I’m a great believer in hunting down deals and bargains (see my previous posts 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.
Last year was the first time I actually tried to add up what I’d spent over the course of a year, and I was pleasantly surprised when I worked it out (£205 for 110 books). This year, I wanted to try and reduce my spend, by reducing the number of impulse purchases I made. Overall, I think this worked well, but 2015 was also the year of the charity shop comeback for me too. Let’s see how I got on…
I’ve spent more than the following if you include purchases in physical stores (which I don’t do often), but being able to view my online orders was the only way to put this together as I don’t keep receipts. 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 doesn’t include using discount codes and cash-back from Quidco to make further savings.
The Book People
- Total Books Bought: 36
- Total Amount Spent: £68.54
- Average Price Per Book: £1.90
- Total RRP: £345.74
- Total Saving: £277.20
- Total Books Bought: 33
- Total Amount Spent: £64.32
- Average Price Per Book: £1.95
- Total RRP: £271.72
- Total Saving: £207.40
- Total Books Bought: 19
- Total Amount Spent: £91.58
- Average Price Per Book: £4.82
- Total RRP: £192.82
- Total Saving: £101.24
*A few Amazon purchases this year were gifts I didn’t purchase myself, but I’ve included them anyway.
- Total Books Bought: 88
- Total Amount Spent: £224.44
- Average Price Per Book: £2.55
- Total RRP: £810.28
- Total Saving: £585.84
My average price is down by £1.19 per book, my total spend for 2015 is around £15 more than last year, but I purchased 22 less books. To me, this shows that I did decrease my impulse purchases, but the books I specifically wanted (illustrated Harry Potter, a new Harry Potter box set, pre-orders by Colleen Hoover and Sarah J Maas) pushed the overall total amount spent up, because it’s difficult to get them at bargain prices. My spend for 2014 worked out at around £17 per month, and my spend for 2015 works out at £18.70 per month. Next year, I’d like to aim for more of the same, but if I could get the total spend down more, that would be perfect!
Out of curiosity, I’ve also included eBook purchases below, for the eBook RRPs, I just went with the current price on Amazon. I wanted to reduce the number of eBooks purchased this year, because I really rarely read them, and I also wanted to reduce the number of “free” eBooks I picked up, because again, they’re just accumulating virtual dust.
- Total eBooks Bought: 18
- Amount Spent on eBooks: £10.83
- Average Price Per eBook: £1.20
- Total RRP: £27.98
- Total Saving: £17.15
Overall, I think I did pretty well! I would love to gather receipts for in-store purchases of books in 2016, but I don’t know if I can be that organised!
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??