Low-Spend 2020: Putting a Halt to Impulsive Game Purchasing

I’ve known for awhile that I have a problem with impulse purchasing, but I try not to think about how big of a problem it actually is.

I have not actually played anywhere near that many games – I do tend to idle for cards, which makes at least that portion of my calculator very very wrong.

Of course, bundle buying absolutely throws the account value out of whack. On the other hand, this is only games I own on Steam, and it’s still way too many. So I’ve decided to slow my roll next year, and stop buying things just because they’re cheap or they look interesting or I’m having a bad day.


Low Spend 2020 – Allowed Spending

Subscription Spending

I’m allowing myself the full 12 months of Humble Choice, as well as one paid MMO subscription and one paid gaming subscription service at a time.

Non-Subscription Spending

I am allowed to spend up to $50 gifting games to others during the Summer and Winter Steam sales, and I am allowed to purchase non-Collector’s Edition expansions for World of Warcraft or Elder Scrolls Online. Additionally, I may elect to purchase one new co-op game or MMO to play with my husband if something comes out he’s excited about.


Other than what I’ve indicated above, I will not be purchasing any new games, or making any cash shop or micro-transaction purchases in 2020. This includes purchasing any bundles other than the Humble Choice subscription.

While I acknowledge that I’m still allowing myself a massive budget, I still feel like this will be an improvement over what I’ve been doing – which is just making game purchases without a whole lot of thought behind them. It’s not really about the money – although I love to shop, I don’t spend to the point where it strains our budget. But by always chasing the next great deal, I am not really enjoying the things I buy.


While it’s not restricting myself to only five games for an entire year, I am hoping it’ll encourage me to play through some more of my library, as well as better evaluate the worth of the various gaming subscription services that are out there.

Nerd Girl Goals – November 2019

This month’s focus point has absolutely NOTHING to do with the Nerd Girl life, but I’m going to put it here anyway. When things get busy (or we get too deep into whatever), our eating habits suffer a lot. Will more time cooking and meal planning translate into less time for gaming, reading, watching and blogging? We shall see.

GAMING

Play to Satisfaction

For me, saying “Play to Satisfaction” gives me explicit permission to drop a game that’s not working for me, but also to grind away for nerd points if I’m really loving something. I’m trying to make it a policy for myself that I will always play to satisfaction – no more, no less.

Since I’m fairly certain I’m keeping XBox Game Pass for PC, at least as long as it stays at the beta price, I am going to let myself dive into The Outer Worlds, which means that might be the only thing I play this month. However, I would like to check out a few games while I have Origin Access Basic during November (Unravel, Fe, Vambrace: Cold Soul, & They are Billions look the most promising to me at the moment). I tacked on Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, one of the November Humble Monthly early unlocks, but more likely than not, I won’t actually get to it because…

Reactivate my World of Warcraft Account

I have tokens burning a hole in my bank alt’s bags, and renewing my sub this month means I can earn two mounts on a single token – I didn’t go for the bee last month, and who am I to turn down a Deathwing mount?


WATCHING

I am sure we’re going to finish up The Boys before too long, and I figured I’d switch it up this month, and put Westworld, Undone, and the seasons of American Horror Story we haven’t seen yet on deck.

We’re also planning an evening in which we watch Unbreakable, Split, and Glass. I think it’ll be interesting to see them all back to back (and only Unbreakable will be a rewatch).


READING

I need to get through four books this month to stay on track (which is absolutely doable), but I never seem to know what I’m going to want to read before I read it. Still, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m currently partway through both The Boys, Omnibus 1 and The Haunting of Saxton Mansion. I’ll add in Kind Nepethe and Locke & Key Volume One to round out the month.


Interested in seeing my October 2019 recap? You can find it here!