So, it’s that time again–checking in on my yearlong limited spending challenge.
A brief recap for those who are new to the blog–I decided at the end of 2020 that instead of trying to do ‘no-spend’ months (and totally splurging), I would do ‘limited’ spending months, and items would fall into one of two categories: needed or splurges.
I did really well with the challenge in January, and then started slipping a little each month since (I think I got a little too proud of myself and the inner critic/imposter syndrome has been slowly derailing me since). Last month (June) I planned on doing a ‘rebound’ and really honoring the challenge, but still ended up splurging a little. Though if you don’t count the books (I am a total impulsive book buyer, especially in terms of e-books), I did okay.
So how did I do for July?
Well, there were still purchases, and a few splurges.
I bought myself an early birthday present of two new pairs of workout leggings (also to be worn throughout the year).
I bought a few ‘physical’ books–but they’re to serve as ‘references’ as I move forward in science communications/education:
- Medical writing: A guide for clinicians, educators, and researchers by Robert Taylor
- Molecular and Cellular Biology of Viruses by Phobe Lostroh
- AMA Manual of Style, 11th Edition by the JAMA Network Editors
Then there were the e-books:
- A Tainted Mind (Windsor Series #1) by Tamsen Shultz
- What if it does work out? How a Side Hustle can Change Your Life by Susie Moore
- Wiretaps and Whiskers (The Faerie Files #1) by Emigh Cannaday
- The Misters: Seven book box set by JA Huss
- The Varsity Dad Dilemma by Lex Martin
- African Goddess Initiation: Sacred Rituals for self-love, prosperity, and joy by Abiola Abrams
- The Dark Emeralds Series (#1-3) by Jerry Lambert
- The Mixed Six-Pack (#1-3) by Danika Bloom
- Forever & Storm (the last two Linear Tactical books that I was missing) by Janie Crouch
- Absolution (Anderson & Costello #1) by Caro Ramsay
- The Girl in the Motel (Joe Court #1) by Chris Culver
- Shadow Forces by Camilla Black and Kimberly Griggs
- The Perfect Death (Brannon House #1) by Stacy Clafin
- Cunning Devil (Lost Falls #1) by Chris Underwood
- More of Us to the West (The Adrift #1) by Trinity Dunn
In addition to the dozen or so that I got for ‘free’ through various promotions last month. I’ve realized that the biggest problem–seeing all the ads on Facebook for the various books. I think that is how I found basically all of the e-books, was through those ads. I need to start using the time management app Self Control again, and then only be on Facebook in the evenings for specific reasons (that way hopefully limit the possible splurges and new author buys).
The cost of the three physical books was probably equal to the cost of the e-books for the past month or so (and I won’t even add in the cost of the ‘physical’ books that I bought back in June), since the larger the book (and/or hardback), the pricier the book. I know that I could have gotten the ‘physical’ books as e-books, but in terms of ‘reference’ books, for the most part I prefer to have the physcial book.
I did add another e-course to the list: How to write Patient Materials offered by Health Writer Hub. This is a three-week course, which is self-paced, with lifetime access (which is nice, since I’m way behind schedule on completing it).
While I added the above course to the list of things to work through, I did decide against adding in others (including learning how to set up a freelance writing business, and a personal development/health course). The goal now for the last five months of the year is to work through several of the large courses that I bought, read more of the books I bought (though I still have a list of books that have been preordered throughout the rest of the year), possibly only buy another three to four ‘reference’ books, and ‘honor the limited spending challenge’.
I’m hoping that for the last five months, the main purchases will be health/beauty items, dog treats, and the possible three or four other ‘reference’ books that I may find beneficial to have (such as biostatistics for dummies, and statistics for dummies).
Curious–how many fiction books do you read a year, and who are some of your automatic-buy authors you follow?