How to be a book worm on a tight budget

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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.


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18 thoughts on “How to be a book worm on a tight budget”

    1. I wish I could go back and tell my teen self to just enjoy it. Now that I have to adult, I feel like kicking and scream: BUT I DON’T WANNA 😛 OMG yes, that’s why I’ve been ignoring pretty much any place that charges for books, I have no self control. At all! Thank you, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this ❤


  1. Yeah England sucks for the whole education thing, if you’re after physical books which is what I read and buy. Since I don’t get along with eBooks, in Waterstones (at least for the YA section) they have a table with buy one get one half price, religiously I buy from that table. Saves me £4 which is great, and in WHSmiths too, they sometimes have offers on the YA books. Your best other place to go for discounts in England, is The Works, warning there’s a ton of cute stationary there that you’ll want to buy too! But they have great discounts on boxsets and not just for YA.

    I mostly ready YA, so yeah. Your other way to try and save money is make a jar, then save some money in there. I don’t know, I just know I feel your pain xD I also use my library a lot, which is always useful

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  2. Haha I like this discussion! I personally hate seeing books I haven’t read or don’t like on my bookshelf, so I rarely buy books. However, I agree e-books are the way to go when crimping and saving; I agree having a limit on downloads is annoying, but maybe you can stay signed onto Goodreads? 😉 Terrific post! (Btw, I agree: ADULTING SUCKS.)

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  3. I use Netgalley a lot. I also get emails from Goodreads that include really good kindle deals. The library is also a great place, especially if you don’t think you will love the book. I try to not spend more than $30 a month on books, which is easy if I make myself read something from my TBR before dipping into that money 😀

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  4. I use the library. I pretty much recommend anything I want and I get it eventually. The longest wait was for To Kill a Kingdom. I waited months for that but I really wasn’t sure if I’d like it so I waited.

    I also felt the same about Legendary.

    I also use Netgalley, some blog tours, and I have only used Edelwiss once or whatever it’s called. First to Read is another reviewing site I forget about.

    Also if you still want to spend anywhere under $5, Bookbub has some decent books and I have read a couple of free ones. My latest mini review post has a review that I got from Bookbub.

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    1. Netgalley is indeed great too. I haven’t tried the blog tours yet, but it’s definitely on the list. My local library is kind of sad, they don’t have much and it takes forever to get new stuff home. Which is why I rarely go there. But if you have a decent one, it does make it all the easier.

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