The topic of this month’s Buying Ban Challenge discussion post is all about how we’re going with our bans and how we’re managing to stick to them. I’ve shared tips on surviving a book buying ban before (two years ago!) but there’s one specific thing that’s helping me resist all the pretties this time round.
It’s been just over three months since I started my book buying ban and aside from that splurge we do not mention at Bookfest I haven’t broken it once. This is a record for me I swear! I’ve never had a run this good. Normally I’d still buy a book once every couple of weeks but nope not this time. And it all boils down to one specific thing.
Really, really broke. And it’s all because of rent and my lack of a job. Uni takes up so much time, I can only really work one day a week during semester. There’s not many places that will hire someone with such limited availability (unless you know them well or something). All money I get from the government is going into paying my rent so I have somewhere close to campus to live. My bank account has dwindled to very concerning levels. Every cent must be saved.
The start of uni also meant I have been way too busy to even think about buying books. That’s a lie, I’m spend a lot of time dreaming about adding books to my shelves when I’m not studying. But I don’t have time to go to bookstores or spend time on Goodreads or online stores and add endless piles of books to my basket. And you can’t really miss what you don’t know about, right?
The other technique I’m using is my money earning scheme. Though to be honest, with the state of my bank account it’s not doing all that much to motivate me right now. Even though I’m slowly earning more money, part of my brain goes “you need to use that for important things and not just books.” I’m guilt tripping myself about my rewards for putting in hard work. Plus I’m being a lot stricter on myself about how much each task is worth so the value is building really slowly. It hasn’t even passed $1 yet.
As the year goes on, I’m fairly certain it’s going to get harder and harder to stick to my ban. While I have no money to spend, there are so many new releases I’m desperate for. I don’t know if I can wait until the end of the year… But I WILL because I have an iron will. I refuse to give in to temptation!