Book budget?

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Book budget?
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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 1:47pm

We've been looking at our finances this month so we can pay down some debt that's been hanging around and look toward having a reasonable household budget.

One thing I'm not sure about is how much to allow for buying books. I mostly get by with free ebooks these days, and print copies borrowed from the library. Every now and then there's either a discounted ebook I want, or a deal in the local bookstore that's hard to pass up. Yet I sometimes feel guilty about spending money that way because of the existence of libraries and my already-large collection of ebooks.

Does anyone else feel the same? Do you budget for book-buying at all or just wait for deals?

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Wed, 01-30-2013 - 1:10am
The cost of hardcover books is crazy! I haven't bought a new one since the Harry Potter series ended - and other than Book 6 and 7, we'd been paperback people for years.

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Wed, 01-30-2013 - 12:20am

I hardly ever buy new expensive books. i mostly use the library, or I will buy books on sale on amazon.com, and almost always paperback. It makes me sick to spend $15 or $20 on a book when I know I will just read it in a day or two!!!

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Mon, 01-28-2013 - 7:11pm

I'd love to get those cheap prices on books. It's too expensive to buy from a used bookstore here, still half of the original price, tsk tsk. Good idea sharing the cost with a friend on your bargains.

There was some discussion today at a church book club about passing down spiritual insights. One woman wished her mother had been encouraged to write a book or even some notes for her children to have. I would definitely like to think that the Bible studies I've been part of recently will result in a spiritual legacy. :)

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Mon, 01-28-2013 - 7:12am

I have no book budget at all.  I am an incredibly frugal person, and I refuse to pay for a book if I can get it for free at the library.  The only time I ever pay for a book is if it is a Bible, or some other Christian book that I will want to keep.  Besides the new Bible I am reading, I haven't bought a book in a long time.  Oh, I have bought a few used books from the library's used book room.  I have bought a couple for myself or dh, but mostly for the kids. The hardcovers are $.25  a piece.  I will spend that on the kids and dh, but it's just too much for myself lol.  I buy softcover books at $.10  a piece, or 12 for $1.  :)  Usually, me and my friend go in and each pick 6, then both pay $.50.  She is cheap like me, lol.

BTW - I don't write in my regular books, but I am definitely a Bible highlighter!  The way I see it, I want my kids to look at it in the future and know mommy read it, took things to heart, and passed it on to them. 


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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 11:24pm
I also love having less "stuff," now it's digital stuff instead. ;) And I totally agree about the kids and books, so I still collect used and new books for my boys. Once a love of reading is established, they can go digital if they want.

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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 8:48pm

Jen, I have a large print collection from years of collecting and I do keep telling myself I'll get to them all eventually. I think I need a strategy - through the bookshelf first, and then I'll work my way through the books in bins in our basement. I doubt I'll be starving for reading material for quite some time...

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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 7:59pm

Hi...since I got my kindle I stopped buying hardcover books...I occasionally buy one(new book)  on kindle but usually the cheapies. or kindle deals...reduced pricing on  books..I either read on my kindle or get from the library regular books...I really like that I have less 'stuff' around....I still buy books for my grandkids...They need to love books and reading...  :)  I maybe spend 5-10 per month on books...so not bad!


 


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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 6:37pm

Hello, my name is Jen and I am book-o-holic!!!! I buy books whether I need them or not. I have so many books on my bookselves that I have not even read yet. But yet I just keep buying books! LOL I think my neighbor has read more of my own books than I have. But it's all good. Eventually I will get around to them.

Anne
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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 5:08pm
I'm definitely not a book highlighter. I do have older Bibles that I once-upon-a-time did underline, but that phase didn't last long and I don't even put my name inside the cover of a book anymore. I'm one of those folks who would grab a notebook to write notes in separately. I hope that doesn't make me a snobbish sort of person to require my books to be in really great condition as long as they're part of my collection - I don't mean to be a snob! ;)

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Sun, 01-27-2013 - 2:56pm

I try my best not to buy too many books.  I usually borrow from the library.  I will, however buy books if I can not get them from any library in our state or if I would like to highlight or need to use the book throughout the year. I have bought a few more books lately than I usually do in a year.  The Backyard Homestead and Chick Days are two I know I will be referring to quite often.  :)


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