Sticking to my book budget is something I’ve never had to do as I’ve never had a book budget before. So the Shelf Love Challenge is…well, a challenge. And here’s how I plan to read more books that I already own.
One. Starting off easy here—organize my eBook collection. I got this taken care of over the holiday break. I’m happy it is done. I’ve paged through the albums a few times trying to figure out what to read next. On GoodReads, I sorted my Shelf Love shelf by number of pages and knocked off a few of the short stories. It felt good to mark those as read and write short reviews.
Two. Reorganize my office space to be more reading (and writing) friendly. My favorite spot to read is in bed. However, after about 20 minutes I’m checking the back of my eyelids for holes. Recently, I reorganized my half of our home office. We ditched the spare television and made a spot for our “wandering” chair (it doubles as my husband’s gaming chair). Now I have another space to read in during week when it’s not quite time for bed and the living room just isn’t cutting it.
Three. Allow myself to cheat, but put restrictions on it. I received 2 gift cards to Barnes & Noble plus work gave us a generic Visa gift card for the holidays. If I feel the need to buy a book, I’ll use them. 31 days into this challenge and I haven’t purchased a single book. I haven’t even one-clicked a freebie. And if I get really desperate, I can cash in some of MyPoints.com points for an Amazon gift card. But I think the current gift card money should suffice.
My Plans for My Savings
I’m not sure how much money I’ve spent on books in past years. Since Half Price Books came to our neighborhood, it’s even more difficult to track. When I have a stack of books I don’t plan to read again, I head over to HPB, sell them my books and buy more books. I like recycling. So here’s my plan this year.
Every time I resell books at Half Price Books, I will bring the cash home and split it in half. Half of the money will go towards my dream trip to Paris in 3 years. The other half will go towards a new eReader. Maybe by the end of the year, I can treat myself to an iPad mini (I’m an Apple girl) so I don’t have to keep converting my Amazon books to Nook format.
Now it’s your turn, share your book buying budgets if you have one, or share your plan to spend nothing. What are your plans for the money you save?
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