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Still impulsively buying books–April ‘limited-spending’ challenge check-in

So it’s time for the fourth check-in on my yearlong limited spending challenge.

A brief recap: I decided at the end of 2020 that instead of trying to do ‘no-spend’ months (and splurging throughout teh month), I would instead ‘limit’ the spending. This would be by dividing things into either the ‘needed’ or ‘splurge’ categories–allowing me to acknowledge that I may have forgotten to buy something and allowing me to buy it (say dog treats, personal hygiene items and so forth).

So how did I do in April? Well, I splurged on books again towards the end of the month. I think that part of the splurging was due to seeing that I wasn’t going to have any ‘new’ books download until basically mid-month. So instead of choosing from the hundreds of unread books on my kindle–I bought more.

Splurging on books has always been a problem for me–I like to read, and a book (or series) sounds interesting, I wither will purchase just the first book (and go back and buy the rest later), or go ahead and purchase the entire series. Then the books will sit within my digital to-be-read pile until I get around to reading them.

So what books did I end up buying at the end of the month? They included:

The Hellfire series by Elle James

The Triple Canopy Series by Riley Edwards

Percolate: Let Your Best Self Filter Through by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

How to be Your Own Genie by Radleigh Valentine

Adventures of the Soul by James Van Praagh

The Magic of Unicorns by Diana Cooper

Quiet Influence by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

Creativity Rules by Tina Seelig

Morality Bites series by Ramy Vane

I also bought the rest of the following two series (I had the first two or three books of each): The O’Neils and Hidden Cove Firefighters by Kathryn Shay.

So in addition to all the free e-books (purchased in March and back in December), plus other e-books I’ve splurged on I think that I have enough e-books to get through that I shouldn’t be purchasing any that haven’t already been pre-ordered.

I’ve also realized that by hitting on the various ads for different series on Facebook, I’m allowing my inner critic/imposter syndrome to derail me from the tasks that I had set for the day. Scrolling through social media, amazon, and various other sites while it can be beneficial every so often has actually become detrimental to my ability to stay focused on the tasks at hand (such as research, writing rough drafts, editing, and so forth)–to where I’m actually going to start using various ‘time management’ apps, that will hopefully help me with both time and money management.

While the overall goal for May is to limit the spending–I’m going to say that I’m aiming for only two spend days–the one splurge day I already had, and then the one large amazon order that I’m going to be placing either today or tomorrow.

What are some apps that you use to help with both time and money management?

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Three months into the limited spending challenge

So it’s that time again for a monthly update on how I’m doing with my yearlong limited spending challenge.

This is the challenge I decided on at the end of 2020–instead of trying to do ‘no-spend’ months (and end up splurging to no end)–I decided that I would just try to ‘limit’ the spending.

January saw me off to a great start; February, the road bumps started; and now–I think that while I hit a few more road bumps I’m doing okay.

So while I splurged again on books–majority of them were free, as I had gotten an email (or two) from a couple of authors I follow that had a link to numerous free books (one-day only deal). I think that the only book I got that day that wasn’t free was only $2.99.

I did buy several professional development books, that will be added to my to-be read in 2021 list:

The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

The Freelance Introvert: Work the way you want without changing who you are by Tom Albrighton

Copywriting made simple: how to write powerful and persuasive copy that sells by Tom Albrighton

The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify your strengths and create success on your own terms by Beth Buelow

In addition I also purchased another professional development course on copy writing that I will slowly be working through over the next few months.

Mid-month, I purchased a birthday present for my niece, and then did my one large order from amazon that included some essentials along with a few other things (index cards–for flash cards, an index card holder & divider and a couple of books on spirituality).

So looking forward to April–I have five to seven books either already pre-ordered or will be pre-ordered once the link comes up. I think there may be one, possibly two that might have their downloads push back (but that has happened several times already). I alos have already placed my one large order with amazon (and hopefully shouldn’t have to reorder anything), and then will have my small monthly shipment at the end of the month.

So, while I haven’t done as well as I did in January–I think that I now can recognize the road bumps and possibly just move around them without spending the extra money (though buying books to read is never a waste of money as far as I’m concerned). Since I’ve purchased a couple of additional personal/professional development books–if I feel like I need any more I will need to have written and posted at least three reviews on personal/professional development books that I’ve read this year.

My overall goal for this challenge is to prove to myself that I can make it through a month (or longer) without having to purchase things to keep me ‘occupied’–and I’m slowly working my way towards that view. I know that it won’t be a perfect road, and that I will go ‘oh, new book-buy’ every so often–but I’m getting better, and that is one of the mantras for the year: “Progress over Perfection”.

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Limited Spending Challenge: Time frame–the entire 2021 calendar year

So last year I tried to do several no-spend challenges and usually managed to do a few days to a week or two of not spending money–but had yet to work up to a no-spend month.

This year I’m still going to be doing the no-spend challenges, but decided that besides needing to spell out for myself exactly what would count as a ‘pass’ (or needed purchases) versus what would be a ‘no-pass’ (or a splurge), and what I would need to do to justify said splurge purchase; I also needed to determine the time frame: I’m going to start at the beginning of the year, do monthly check-ins, and then a final summary at the end of the year on how well I managed this limited-spending challenge.

So the ‘pass’ or needed purchases will include personal care products (toothpaste, mouthwash, vitamins and supplements, shampoo/conditioner, body wash, deodorant, pads, and hand wash), food (also including snacks and tea), and items for Chaos (flaxseed and his anti-itch chew tablets). In addition, ‘pass’ purchases will also include buying birthday/Christmas presents for my niece (so this will be two additional purchases in late March and late November).

The ‘no-pass’ or splurges will include any e-book that isn’t already pre-ordered (I have probably about forty different fiction books pre-ordered for 2021, and a list of another say fifteen that I would like to possibly get as well), additional e-courses (I have so many that I’ve bought over the past few years that I really need to sit down and start working through some of them before adding more to the list), hidden object or match-3 games (I have quite a few on the computer that I haven’t finished, and truthfully I should probably cancel my gaming subscription since most of the games that are coming out can’t be played on my older laptop).

So I mentioned that while I have quite a few books already pre-ordered for the year, there is another handful that I would like to buy throughout the year as well–but to justify those purchases I will need to have done the following:

Have read at least two non-fiction books (depending on when the book comes out this may also include the previous month; as a goal is to read two non-fiction books a month), and have written a 200-300 word synopsis over each of them, and then published the reviews on both the blog and amazon.

Have read at least two fiction books and written a 200 to 300-word synopsis over each of them, and again published both on the blog and amazon.

In terms of e-courses, if I feel the urge to purchase one I will ask myself the following questions:

Is this a course that can help me figure something out either personally or professionally?

Is it related to another course I already have? Would it complement it?

Is is something that I should be focusing on this year, or can it wait a year or so?

It is extremely doubtful that I will be purchasing any games–because as I stated earlier mos of the games that the one site (big fish) is coming out with aren’t compatible with my older laptop.

This limited spending year challenge is to prove to myself that I already have more than enough books and e-courses to keep me busy and to help me curb my impulsive spending habit.

First check in will be at the end of the month, where I will make note of the pre-orders that downloaded, any ‘needed’ orders placed, and any potential splurges bought.

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