So it’s that time again–for a check-in on my yearlong limited spending challenge.
We’re two-thirds of the way through 2021, and I’ve realized that I haven’t quite hit the stride I did when I started the challenge (January was the best month to date for this particular challenge).
My limited spending challenge is just that–I’m trying to limit my spending by dividing things into two groups (or categories): needed items and splurges.
So I did really well in January, and then started slipping each month a little more. I planned to ‘rebound’ and start honoring the challenge again in June, did fairly well for the month, did okay during July (though there will always be some type of minor splurges), and did semi-okay again this month (if one ignores the book splurges).
Hopefully, the book splurges (at least those that aren’t from the ‘freebie announcement emails’) will start to go back down during the next few months. While I did buy quite a few e-books this month, several of them are in terms of the professional direction I’m thinking of going in: freelance writing.
So how did August go in terms of purchases/splurges?
I bought myself a bookcase/nightstand to replace the haphazard one I’ve created over the years. This will also give me storage for the numerous books that I bought this month as well. In addition I bought a few more craft supplies (including a glue gun) to help me get through the fall and winter in semi-isolation.
Then there are the books (I don’t think a month will go by without at least a small splurge on books). The books I bought during August include:
- How to Launch a Freelance Copywriting Business: Creative Writing for a Living by Jules Horne
- The Freelance Content Marketing Writer: Find your perfect clients, make tons of money, and build a business you love by Jennifer Goforth Gregory
- Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business: The Complete Guide to Starting and Scaling from Scratch by Laura Briggs and the Staff of Entrepreneur Media
- The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to Write, Work, and Thrive on Your Own Terms by Zachary Petit
- Here with Me (The Adair Family #1) by Samantha Young
- Black Ops Mates (Complete Series-Lion Shifter Romance Box Set) by Ruby Knoxx
- One Night Years Ago (Sharp’s Cove #1) by J.R. Pace
- Two Favors Repaid (Sharp’s Cove #2) by J.R. Pace
- Three Times Ablaze (Sharp’s Cove #3) by J.R. Pace
- JET (Books 1-3) by Russell Blake
- The Power of Reinvention: Personal Stories of How Our Greatest Challenges Become the Catalyst to Reinvent our Life! by Mags Thomson, Irene Anggreeni, Rachel Claire Farnsworth, Emma Smillie, Dr. Trinise White-Foster, Marie Dobenesque, Silika Thor, Martin Gillespie, and Einavi Avni
- Just Tell Me What I Want: How to Find Your Purpose When You Have No Idea What It Is by Sara Kravitz
- Slightly Off Balance by Kaylie Hunter
- New Girl in Town (Olivia Knight FBI #1) by Elle Gray
- Weakest Lynx (The Lynx Series #1) by Fiona Quinn
- Deadly Act (Kylie Hatfield Series #1) by Mary Stone and Bella Cross
- Catnip & Curses (The Faerie Files #2) by Emigh Cannaday Book Read & Review coming soon
- Phoenix Rising (Complete Series) by Annie Anderson
- I Want to Do All the Things: Finding Balance as a Polymath, Multipotenialite, and Renaissance Soul by Arcadia Page Book Read
- America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilizations by Graham Hancock
- Lost Civilizations: The Secret Histories & Suppressed Technologies of the Ancients by Jim Willis
- Plagues, Pandemics, and Viruses: From the Plague of Athens to Covid-19 by Heather Quinlan
- The Mayan Calendar & the Transformation of Consciousness by Carl Johan Calleman
- Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman’s Path by David Freidel
- Statistics for Dummies by Deborah J. Rumsey
- Statistics for Absolute Beginners by Oliver Theobald
- Biostatistics for Dummies by John Pezzulo
- Supernatural: Meeting with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind by Graham Hancock
- The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love (2nd Edition) by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Anti-Diet Approach (4th Edition) by Evelyn Tribole
Several of the ‘physical’ books fell under the personal/professional development area, while others were bought as possible ‘reference’ books for short story ideas. Though they were also bought because I’m interested in the topic (early human history). In addition several of the e-books also fell into the personal/professional development area–and as noted above, I’ve read one of them.
The books on freelancing writing (and how to start a freelance business) were bought mainly because that is the direction I’m really leaning in for my career transition. The transition is going to be a ‘mixed’ niche (science/medical writing along with personal/professional development, crafts/hobbies, and spirituality) that might be heavy in one area to begin with, but even out as I find my footing as a freelance writer.
So, yes numerous books were bought (probably on par with April or May, possibly even June)—but that has always been my weakness—books. I’m an avid reader who has absolutely no problem buying fifteen to forty new books when I still have a couple hundred on my e-reader that I haven’t read yet.
The bookcase/nightstand has been needed for quite awhile; I just hadn’t gotten around to getting one yet. The craft supplies were also deemed semi-essential as the pandemic is still raging, and I foresee myself staying in semi-isolation (weekly walk to get the weekend newspaper, and possibly monthly walks at Boomer Lake with a mask) until at least spring 2022.
I should hopefully be able to curb my impulsive e-book buying starting this month, as I’m going to be working on expanding my writing samples (possibly introducing a new landing page—‘portfolio’), and slowly getting my freelance/remote/contract writing business up and running this fall and winter.
For my inner shiny object/squirrel lover: Who is a ‘new’ to you author that you’ve found lately?
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