Those Pesky Book Buying Budgets
March 29, 2011 § 6 Comments
If there is one thing I’ve noticed among my fellow book bloggers, book buying bans and budgeting for book spending is quite common. With this book blogger… well, not so much.
I have a problem with book buying. I buy lots, and lots, and lots of books. In two and a half months I added just over 100 new books to my collection, and those don’t even count the free ebooks offered through big book stores or books for review. Its not that I don’t have enough books to read, I have plenty. I just love to buy books. I love to have them, smell them, hold them. You know, all that general bibliophile stuff.
I know myself well enough to know that I cannot hold myself to a book buying ban. I just don’t have the self-control it takes to buy no books at all. However, I can, and am, putting limitations on my book buying from now on. No more spending a hundred bucks at the bookstore without blinking. From here on out I am commiting a larger portion of my usual spending money to savings and will be taking home far less books than I usually do.
Why the new rule and why am I sharing this here, you may be wondering. Well, the reason I put this on the blog is because announcing my intention to limit my book buying is a better way to hold myself to it. If I don’t tell anyone my plans, its easier for me to justify a slip up to myself. The blog gives me something to hold myself accountable to. As for why I am limiting my buying… There are a couple of reasons. The first I have actually mentioned around here before. As I’m graduating from college in just over a year, I’ll be heading to grad school next fall. None of the schools I’m looking at are in my home state and I’ll be moving off on my own for the first time. That’s a pretty huge deal, and it’s something I need to plan for. The other reason is a bit more exciting – my graduation present to myself. I’ll be the first person in my immediate family to complete a four year college degree which is a pretty huge deal for me. I’ve busted my ass to get as far as I have up to this point, so the way I see it, a reward to myself is in order. A friend and I are planning a trip to England for early next summer. My friend has been a lot of places, but England isn’t one of them. Myself, well, I’ve been in Heathrow on my way to and from Ireland, but that doesn’t actually count, now does it…
The two of us are pretty hyped about the trip. It’s been so long since I’ve traveled somewhere for fun, I figure the next trip ought to be a big one. We’re hoping to spend a few weeks, so we need to get our asses into saving money mode. So, here’s to not spending so much money and buying fewer books. Wish us luck!