I’ve done a no-spend month once before, years and years ago, when I joined Beth for her no-spend month.
That was a really great experience because it broke my Exclusive Books habit of spending hundreds of rands on books every month .
This time, I had an idea that my book-buying habit was getting a bit out of control because I was buying a title from Modern Mrs Darcy‘s list almost daily.
Even $2 – $5 Kindle deals add up… and fast.
Amazon also sends those almost-daily emails with their recommendations based on the titles you’ve viewed.
One day I looked and I had 31 unread titles on my Kindle – real books, not samples. And I’ve been reading on average 10 books a month.
I then decided this book-buying thing was getting out of hand and I decided March would be a no-spend month on books.
What did I do differently?
I unsubscribed from MMD’s list. It’s the same way I don’t ever take a catalogue or brochure from a store – if I don’t see it, I don’t want it. I will subscribe again when I feel more caught up with my current reading and I have told my book club to let me know if Small Great Things goes on sale 🙂
How did I do?
I’ve been waiting for Alec Baldwin’s memoir, Nevertheless, for over 6 months so the minute that became available on Audible, I pre-ordered it with a credit I had.
I somehow forgot about my no-spend March when I went to shop for the 2017 Library project and I picked up some books. It honestly didn’t even occur to me that I was buying books because in my head I had DIGITAL books as my goal. Aside from the 4 books for the library, I bought 1 for a friend and about 5 for me (!).
So I was successful with Kindle and Audible purchases; not with physical books 🙂
I’m back on the no-spend wagon. We have a mini-break coming up and I wanted some books for lazing at the pool so I bought some books on Amazon last week. Coming to an instagram feed near you 🙂
I do think I’m set for at least another 3 months so let’s see if I can keep up the no-spending challenge for books for at least another 2 months.
How about you?
Have you ever declared a no-spend challenge on buying books? Or make-up? Or clothes?
Speaking of which, I haven’t bought a watch since December 2012 and I now have only 3 working watches left. I’m going to treat myself for my birthday though (4 months away) or sooner if I see something I really want.