Sigh. My husband and I have done a look at our budget (our just-because-we-wanted-it spending has gotten out of hand), and with some upcoming changes in our finances, we have decided to cut back on unessentials. My husband is giving up somethings and I am giving up some things. I won’t be going into all the details, but books have made both of our lists of what to give up. I’ve done this before, though on a much looser stringency, this time I mean business.
Do I need to own the books I read. No. Do I want to…well duh, yes. Especially with my favorite authors. I will live. Does this mean I won’t be able to ever read what I want, no. It means I will need to wait until I can request them through the library, good thing I know who to see about that. Does this mean I will never buy another book, in 2015 it does. I will re-evaluate in 2016. I need to get over this need to fill my shelves. I bet between my Nook, Kindle, and to-read bookcase that I have well over 500 titles that I have yet to get around to picking up. There isn’t a lot we can tighten up in our budget; we don’t have cable, or fancy phone plans, no kids, and aren’t into fancy gadgets (e-readers aside). Books though. This I can sacrifice for my family. It will be alright. I just need to get more creative. Besides with the blogging and email alerts I’m getting a lot of books for free already.
So I hereby declare 2015 the year of not buying books. Yippy.