Best Of ’09: $1206.26 on books and music

Today’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge prompt is…

Q: Shop. Online or offline, where did you spend most of your mad money this year?

A:  Honestly, I’m pretty sure I spend most of my cash in restaurants. But as far as shopping goes – online and off, I basically only buy books and music.


My records show that I spent $472.04 on music this year.  Now, that’s certainly not an indication of how much music has come into my possession.  As a musician, my house gets cluttered with CDs throughout the year.  Many of these CDs arrive as gifts from friends.  There’s also a lot of trading among musicians.

You’ll notice that I only purchased ONE physical CD this year, which is just hilarious to me.

Making this pie chart was really informative.

(you’ll have to click on the chart to see it clearly)

music purchased 2009

So I spend most of my music budget on vinyl and single track downloads.  Singles and vinyl.  Kind of like the music industry of the 1950’s, no?


In 2009, I spent $734.22 on books. That includes audiobooks and ebooks.  Here’s the breakdown…

(again -you’ll have to click on this image to see it clearly)

books purchased in 2009

Looks like the traditional bookstore is still my favourite option, although ebooks are a close 2nd.

I hesitated, just for a second,  to publish these dollar amounts.  Most people don’t like to reveal how much money they spend or make. But really… what’s the big deal?  I spend $100/month on music and books, most of which I get to write-off at the end of the year.

P.S. My girlfriend is laughing at me because I love pie charts.  She wants me to tell you about how I’m obsessed with “tracking things.”  Well, don’t worry. You’ll hear all about that in a few days…

(I made these pie charts on this website)

5 Responses to Best Of ’09: $1206.26 on books and music

  1. Ali says:

    I may laugh at the pie, but the truth is that i’m glad at least ONE of us keeps track of stuff! Can i have a piece of pie chart?

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