Products I used up in 2017

 

 

My goal for 2017 was to use the products I already have instead of buying anything new. I have a lot of makeup, so I still find it exciting when I finish a product. Something that I have become aware of recently is the ingredients and the harmful chemicals used in cosmetics. Therefore, it’s my intention to eventually convert to all natural (or as much as I can) makeup and skincare, along with other household products. But before I can do this, I want to use up what I already have.

 

I haven’t bought a lot of makeup in 2017 as I have put myself on spending ban- unless if it’s something I need or ran out of (or if it’s really pretty or limited edition). Because I haven’t bought a lot, I have used up a lot of products. I have kept most of my makeup empties (I’m sure there have been some that I have missed).

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My Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited 2017

 

“I saved $290.46 by having Kindle Unlimited in 2017.”

 

I was very excited when I heard Australia was getting Kindle Unlimited (KU). I read a lot of books, therefore I believed KU was a perfect match for me. In January 2017 I got a free trial of KU when I signed up. I read 15 books with KU that month that came to the total cost of $47.44. Seeing that I got a total of almost $50 worth of books I then decided that $13.99 a month seemed like a good deal.

 

Kindle Unlimited is a subscription service which allow you to read as many books as you want from a large selection of books. You you first sign up you get a 30-day free trial. I would recommend using this free trial to see if the service is right for you (you want to make sure you read over $13.99 value of books- you’re looking at reading at least 3-5 books a month as a minimum.

 

Once you have subscribed you can choose up to 10 books to borrow at time from a large selection of books. These books will show “read for $0.00 on Kindle Unlimited”. I have had no trouble finding books that I want to read and many of my top favourite authors have their books on KU. Just to put in persective I read 122 books on KU in 2017 and 40 out of my 60 favourite highly rated books (4.5-5 stars) were from KU.

 

The important question is, ‘is this service really worth it’? This depends on how much you read and what you read. I read a lot of romance and many of my favourite authors are self-published or indie authors. I have read that this type of author, offers a large selection of books on KU. So for me this is perfect. However, there may not be a large selection of more ‘mainstream’ books, but the offerings on KU vary and is always changing.

 

Therefore, if you’re curious about KU I recommend getting the free trial and figuring out for yourself if this is the service for you. Also you do have to have to read from a Kindle (bu that is a given).┬áTo have KU for a year in Australia it will cost $167.88.

 

Below I have made a table of all the books I read this year and compared it to the books I read on KU. As you can see I got my value for money and I ended up saving $290.46 ($13.99 x 11 months including 30 day free trail). I read 235 books this year and 122 of them were on KU. Therefore I read just over half the books I read this year on KU.

 

So for me there is no question that I will be continuing with the service in 2018. You can find some amazing authors and books on offer in KU, you only have to look.

 

 

Happy reading!