In my experience being a book worm can be a very expensive hobby/life style. Admittedly, I’ve never been good at budgeting and the saying
“A penny saved is a penny earned”
is totally lost on me. What is this saving people talk about? It’s almost like the money burn a hole in my pocket and I must spend it.
Through the last few months I’ve been studying full time which in England costs money. Unlike the sweet deal in Denmark, where you get money for studying. That’s right, the Government basically pays for your course AND you get paid a monthly wage as well. I should clarify that the wage is like £500 each month so it’s not a lot, but still, it’s a way better system!
According to a report in the Washington Post, under the Statens Uddannelsesstøtte program, all Danes over the age of 18 are entitled to funding from the state for up to six years for post-secondary education. Every student who doesn’t live with their parents receives about 5,839 Danish krones (about $900) per month, and they do not need to pay the state back — even if they drop out of college — according to the Post. High-performing students have even more funding opportunities. – quote from mic.com
Anyway, so I’ve been studying here in England which means no income at all. Basically, I’ve had the monthly joy of seeing my savings go down. My boyfriend pointed out that I should try and be adult about it and, not be the big spender I usually am. Unfortunately, this have meant that my book hoarding days have been on hold. And let me just get this off my chest: ADULTING SUCKS! I miss buying useless things. I miss buying new clothes. But most importantly: I miss going to my local book shop, and come home with too many books. In the last few months, I’ve been there a total of ONE time. I could have went more if I wanted to, but it was too sad to see all the orphan books on the shelves, that I couldn’t give a new home!
So, instead I’ve learned how incredibly awesome Amazon Kindle books are. I’ve had a subscription to Kindle Unlimited for some time now, which is a great way to test new books without being out of pocket. But the 10 book limit is annoying. In all fairness I’m NEVER reading that many books at one time, but I like downloading a book that looks good so it’s ready for when I am. That way I don’t forget about it. I know I could make more use of my Goodreads TBR shelf for that purpose. But for some unknown reason I find it hard to: open a new tab ⇒ logon to my Goodreads account ⇒ find the book and add it to my TBR.
Now, thanks to my limited spending money I’ve discovered how many deals there is on Amazon eBooks. Like seriously! So many books that’s free or like £0.99. It’s incredible. Some of my biggest helpers during my bargain hunting is:
And of course the good ol’ fashioned way, of just browsing around clicking one link after the other.
I’ve also been going through the books in our local charity shops, however, living in a small town has its limits. And interesting books seems to be one of them.
It is ironic though, because while working, my eBooks came in handy in the sense that I can read them on my phone. Which is easy to carry around and whip out, whilst on break. And then now, when I’m at home, having all the time in the world to sit with an actual book, I’ve had to use eBooks. I could of course have spent more time reading some of the books I own, but never read. But where’s the fun and challenge in that? After all, that would be too responsible and logic for me. Adulting does need to have some limits!
How do you manage your book spending? Do you prefer physical books or eBooks? Comment and let me know.