Are you on a book budget?
Late last year, when I decided to reduce my book shopping sprees (mostly because I finally want to get those TBR piles under control), I was torn between doing sort of a semi-ban or the option of only having a certain budget available. Somehow the former won which I'd like to base on the fact that it's easier manageable to have a certain number of books I may buy each month than, say, having $20 which I may invest in as many, or few, books I want.
Still, despite not going the money-route, which in hindsight was a good decision as the combination of $20 and all those Kindle bargains would have done more damage than only being allowed to buy six books each month, I do wonder if this is something other bookaholics have tried out?
No one ever died of living on cooked potatoes for a full week.
The hitch with going by a budget is that you have to make harder decisions when standing in front of those vast bookstore shelves. Brand new hardcover edition of one of your must-read authors? There goes Friday night's cinema trip. Your favorite trilogy in a leather-bound collector's edition? You'll walk to work the rest of the month because you won't be able to afford the fuel for your car. All right, I might be exaggerating, but only a little bit.
Maybe I should consider myself lucky, but I am the kinda gal who will appreciate a book that looks nice, but ultimately I'm all about what's inside and if this means reading a tattered old copy of a certain book, so be it. Cheaper often wins. That's probably the main reason why a book budget would hardly work for me. I could buy ten books while another person only gets one (yep, still thinking about the previously mentioned $20). Of course I'm nowhere near adding ten books to my TBR piles each month as, after a little bit of a debate with myself, decided that six was a good number for me personally. So far? So very good. I never bought more than my allotted six pieces and I even went some months without buying any book.
Six is my magic number. Books, not bucks.
How big is your budget for buying books? Or do you rather orient yourself on a certain number of books to buy each month? Anyone willing to share an estimate of money spent on books each year?