Welcome, friends, to another look at my wildly mis-spent finances (or perhaps my wildly misplaced values). Like last year, I started at the beginning of the year and kept track of everything by day. Why? Just for your entertainment, really - as well as my own embarrassment.
I did a slightly better job of sticking to the budget this year. How much better? Let's see if we can tell from the monthly breakdown:
Well, there it is. If that's not everything, then it's darn close. There were 95 days in 2011 where I bought something, and the majority of those trips involved multiple purchases at multiple stores - that works out to be a buy every four days or so. Though I'm still over-budget, I spent about $1,000 less than last year, which pleases me.
My trend of buying DCU Classics and Minimates online continued, but I was less-often caught off guard by the charges. I'd still prefer to get those figures in person, but that's the brick and mortar stores' fault, not the companies'.
A few notes: a five-figure box set counts as one purchase, but as five figures. Build-A-Figures are not counted in the totals, even if I buy all the pieces to assemble them. Things that I got in trades aren't included on the list. I get a 10% discount from my regular comicshop, which is included. Any coupons or sales have been subtracted before the items go on the list.
Here are some numbers:
Total number of purchases: 288
Total number of figures: 447
Total money spent: $3,274.89
Average spent per purchase: $11.41
Average spent per figure: $7.34
Average per month: $272.91; 23.92 purchases; 37.17 figures
Average per week: $62.98; 5.52 purchases; 8.58 figures
Average per day: $8.97; 0.79 purchases; 1.22 figures
TRU: 75 purchases
CornerStoreComics.com: 43 purchases
Walmart: 39 purchases
Comicshops: 29 purchases
Target: 22 purchases
Amazon: 14 purchases
Entertainment Earth: 6 purchases
Kmart: 5 purchases
TJ Maxx: 2 purchases
Ross: 1 purchases
Five Below: 2 purchases
FYE: 0 purchases
Longest gap between purchases: 14 days (Apr. 16-29)
Most days in a row with purchases: 5 (Aug. 8-12)
Most expensive day: March 01 ($318.33)
I got less toys this year, but that also means less things have gone un-reviewed. The main category that dropped off the radar was Star Wars: while I would have liked to get a lot of the SW figures, their prices were just too high, and something had to give. Oh, and when things finally did go on sale, nothing good was left.
Notice that the ratio of figures to purchases is better than 1.5-to-1: multipacks mean you get the most toys for your money! 2011 was an improvement over 2010, but I still hope to do better next year.