I’ve spent a lot of money on books this year, and thanks to my habit of throwing money at bookshops I’m going on a book buying ban until the new year. I won’t lie – I am likely to struggle. I love treating myself to a new book every once in a while, it brightens the day up a little for me. But, I’m determined to save some money and savour the feeling of buying my first book of the new year.
If I’m going to succeed with this ban, I need some tips to get through it. I have some of my own, but I asked some of my favourite bookish people for their advice too. It’s probably the only way I’ll be any way successful.
Shop your stash
Shopping your stash is pretty common among beauty bloggers, but it is very easy for book bloggers to do. You know all those books you’ve spent your hard earned dollah on? Now is the perfect time to actually dust them off your shelf and read them. There’s a huge sense of achievement in it – and you’ll clear off space on your shelf for the books you buy when the ban finally ends.
Use the free amenities
If you’re bored by the books already stacking your shelves, fear not – you can still get your hands on new reads without spending anything. Sign up to your local library, as they have an endless supply of books – one of them is sure to tick your boxes. Cora from Tea Party Princess also recommended a free trial of Kindle Unlimited and make the best of it.
Limit your exposure to new books
If you often wander into a bookshop after work on payday, head elsewhere in town instead. Mute all the bookish subscription emails you’re sent so your inbox doesn’t tempt you. The Kindle Daily Deals email will definitely have to be put on hold until you’re done.
Actually save the money
If, every Friday, you go out and spend a tenner on a new book, put that tenner into a jar instead. That way you’re actually seeing how much money you have saved by not heading to the local bookstore on a regular basis.
Sign up to your local library
Libraries are a book lover’s best friend. The librarian will help you figue out what books are right up your street, or you can try out a new genre or author with pretty much no strings attached. Lots of libraries also offer e books you can access from anywhere in the world. I love BorrowBox for this, but if that’s not available in your library Tiffany from Bookish Tiffany recommends Libby. It’s an app rather like Overdrive, where you can use your library card and get audiobooks and ebo