I am a BIG TIME reader. I LOVE it when I find a new author or book that I absolutely LOVE. The downside to being a big time reader is that sometimes I fall prey to the “I must have a brand spanking new copy” of a certain book when in actuality a used copy is just as good. So now that I have decided that I am going to be taking a LOT more responsibilty for my personal finances in an effort to get myself out of debt I thought that this week on Frugal Friday I would share with you ways that I “fund” my reading habit or will be implementing to “fund” my reading habit.
What I HAVE implemented so far:
1. I have a rather large, rather random collection of reading material already here at home, so I’ve been slowly making my way through that. The books that I have don’t enjoy, probably won’t read again, I find I have multiple copies of, etc………end up in #2 or donated.
2. Joined paperbackswap.com. On paperbackswap.com I am able to share the “excess” of my personal collection with readers all over the place. The best part is that the books that I list on paperbackswap are listed for free and I recieve credits for the books that I post, which I am able to use towards the books that I would like to have. The only money I have spent so far since I’ve joined paperbackswap is the postage fee for the books that I’ve sent out, which is usually less than $3.
3. I use my local independent bookstore. We have an independent bookstore in our little town that I have found to be a new resource too. So far I have been able to save a considerable amount of time/gas/money using this resource.
4. Thrift stores….My mom and I love to go “dumpster diving” at thrift stores like Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul’s. Most of the time we can leave with a bag full of books and spend what we would have spent on 1 brand new book at a bookstore.
What I WILL be implementing:
5. Public library…I have been REALLY BAD with this one in the past. I don’t know why to be honest. This one is pretty self explanitory.
6. Used bookstores….I just found out last week that we actually have a used bookstore in our town! That and I live pretty close to 2 other used bookstores, 1 is sort of out of the way and the other is actually in the process of moving into the same shopping complex that I work in, also. What I love about the used bookstores in my area is that they will allow me to trade in my books (if I choose to do that) for store credit and/or cash.