If you love to read as much as I do, then you will know how expensive your reading habit can be. There is simply nothing finer than sitting down and reading a new book, but the costs can start to pile up.
There are a few things you can do to ensure you continue reading, but you lower the cost of your habit, and here’s how you can make a difference:
- Join your local library and borrow books from there – this can potentially save you a lot of cash, but you may have to wait until a copy of the book you want to read is available. You can only take out a limited number of books at any one time, and you may have to pay a fine if you take the book back late, but supporting your local library, and reducing the money you spend is always a good thing.
- Buy from online stores – they are often a lot cheaper than the books you would find for sale in a book store. I frequently visit sites such as com books and see what’s on offer there.
- Why not visit second hand bookstores? These are often treasure troves that are full to the brim of good quality pre-read books that are just waiting for someone to read them once more. Often less than half the price of new books, second hand books can be just as delightful as their newer counterparts.
- Yard sales – Many people have yard sales from time to time as they are a great way to get rid of junk, and earn a bit of cash. Who knows, there could be some great finds just waiting for you, and chances are they’ll be pretty cheap too.
- This pains me to say, but you don’t have to buy a book as soon as it comes out. I perfectly understand that sometimes you just want to read a book as soon as it has been published, but you could potentially save a nice bit of money if you wait a little longer.
- Buy from a charity shop – charity shops are great places that encourage people to buy second hand goods at a great price. The proceeds go to a charity, and you could potentially end up with a really good book.
As you can see, there are some great ways for you to lower the cost of your reading habit. This means you can potentially keep reading just as much (Or even more than you currently do), without paying out as much money, and that has to be a good thing.