As part of a book buying ban challenge I’m participating in, I’ll be writing monthly posts based on a theme. February’s theme is supposed to be finances: how are you budgeting, how much money you think you’ve saved, things like that. BUT since I’ve already done a post on ban motivation and budgeting, I thought I’d post something a little different.
Bookworms tend to buy a lot of books. Now, some of us are good savers and frequently use the library and pay fees on time. The rest of us are hopeless. Every time we walk past a bookstore we can’t help but enter and empty our pockets. It’s a primal urge to purchase more books for our personal collection at every opportunity, whether we have any plans on reading them soon or not (some books just look pretty and we need those). Sure, there’s more important things we should be spending out money on. We’re very well aware of that. But is that going to stop us spending hundreds of dollars at once?
Now I’m all for spending money on whatever you want, but there’s one problem that comes book buying: books are bloody expensive. Especially in Australia ($20 for a paperback in a bookstore, maybe $15 in a department type store like BigW if we’re lucky and it’s stocked. Harbacks require the selling of the soul). That $100 you spent in the bookstore only bought maybe 5 books max if there wasn’t a sale. If we can spend one hundred dollars or more in one go, how much money would we spend on books in a month? A year? A lifetime?
How much money would be sitting in our banks accounts right now if we didn’t start building a personal library? The things we could buy!
Because lots of money in my bank account is something I dream about on a regular basis (I’m hoping these dreams are prophetic) I have a handy list ready to go.
What would Bec buy if she wasn’t poor because of books?
First up I’d buy myself a new laptop. Specifically a 15″ Macbook pro. My old Toshiba is starting to struggle so I need a new computer anyway. In high school we were given Macbooks and I’m really starting to miss the system. Also my sister just got a Pro and the retina display screen is beautiful.
Next up I might consider a tattoo. Specifically “Rattle the Stars”. On my left forearm. On the inside. In script. I haven’t thought about this at all. Rattle the stars is one of my major resolutions this year and I’ve been considering getting a tattoo of it since the end of 2014. The only thing holding me back is money and my doubt about pain thresholds. (Maybe I’ll get it for my 21st at the end of the year?)
Of course another thing I’d get would be a horse. People who know me well will be surprised that it’s not first on the list. I actually don’t know why it’s not. I ask for a horse every single year and my parents have yet to buy me one. It’s up to me to save up and get a horse myself and the only thing holding me back is money.
Other things I’d get are high quality headphones, a mansion and land, a nice car for my parents, a house for my family. I should also probably put some money toward my HECS debt (university fees/debt we pay of when we start working, for those non Australians). I’d buy fandom things from online stores and won’t have sob over shipping prices. I’d also be more willing to give more money to charities and people in need.
There’s probably a tonne of things I want that I’m forgetting. And many things that come to mind that I’ll never own because, let’s face it, I’m going to keep spending all my spare money on books.