Checkpoint: Gaming Expenses 2015 Edition

I get gift cards and ever since I started to receive them, I’ve excluded purchases made with them from these gaming expense reports. Now that my purchases are skewing more towards, I thought these gaming expense reports are starting to look silly. Then I tallied up the numbers, looked at the charts and discovered there was still merit to presenting this stuff.

The Pie Charts

2015 Purchase Breakdown by Value 2015 Purchase Breakdown by Quantity

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and the Wii U Balance Board contributed to that large chunk in the value chart. As for the Xbox One slice? That was primarily Xbox Wireless Adapters for the PC.

The Bar Charts

Total Expenses Over the Years Total Software Expenses Over the Years

The “Paid” part of the “Total Expenses Over the Years” chart gave me pause during this whole process. This looks ridiculous if you didn’t know I was utilizing gift cards. If these expense posts were a reflection of deal hunting skill and prowess, I would have scrapped it by now. However, this is a look at my own cash expenditures and not a measure of how much I saved.

As for 2016’s expense target? I don’t have one. The lower the better and that’s all that matters.

I finished Undertale. I love Undertale’s soundtrack and a few moments here and there but that’s about it. Next? I’m not sure. Maybe crack open Far Cry 4 and give that a go. I’ve also been putting in time on Puzzles & Dragons for the 3DS. It’s interesting but the need to grind for items and levels is a bit weird for a puzzle game.

Checkpoint: Gaming Expense 2014 Edition

I was hoping to spend less than $750 in 2014 but thanks to Target and their currency card sale, I blew that budget by a fair margin. But with Target gone, it might be a while before I splurge so much on currency cards.

Total Hardware & Accessories$629.95$283.12
Total Software Only$2,063.51$651.42
Totals Expenses$2,693.46$934.54
Total Savings$1,758.92

I spent only 28% of the MSRP in 2013. With Target’s currency card sale, this year’s percentage rose to 35%.

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Checkpoint: 2013 Gaming Expense Edition


2013 was supposed to be an expensive year for gaming. New consoles and new games should have pushed me well past the $1000 mark but an abundance of gift certificates helped make this year my best year yet.

Total Hardware & Accessories$609.97$179.44
Total Software Only$1,794.23$495.91
Totals Expenses$2,404.20$675.35
Total Savings$1,728.85

Last year I spent 47% of the MSRP. This year? Just 28%. With amazing Humble Bundles by likes of Electronic Arts have a huge impact on this percentage but that’s part of the game. Looking out for these opportunities and taking advantage of them is the key to paying less for games.

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Checkpoint: Q3 ’13 Gaming Expenses Edition


Three quarters into 2013 and my gaming expenditures were not as I expected.

  • Total spent thus far: $237.64
  • Total saved: $1,159.78

Humble Bundles, freebies and the drastic cut downs on new release purchases contributed to relatively little spent. There’s a spending storm coming in November but I do not expect my total expenses for 2013 to exceed $1000.

I wrapped up ICO. I prefer Shadow of the Colossus over it but it still has its charms. The issues I had with it were primarily due to the fact that it was a title from 2001. A proper remake would do this game justice.

The next logical choice on my backlog would be Shadow of the Colossus or an ICO trophy run but there’s a growing number of PC titles that I’m itching to play including the almighty Fez.

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