So this year, I decided to make a change.
I want to preface by saying this: you do not have to feel bad about your book buying habits. There are far worse things to spend your money on (i.e. drugs). Books are my addiction, so to speak. And I cannot just stop buying books. There are too many series I want to complete, and too many new books I want to add to my shelf. But I have chosen to regain control, to save money, and I'm offering some suggestions to those who DO feel guilty about the number of unread books on the shelf. Here is my 2014 strategy.
- Clean out my shelves. I have packed up books I am no longer interested in reading, and am taking them to a local used bookstore for cash.Have you gone of a book buying ban? How long did it last? Are you limiting your book buying? Have you tried any (or all) of the methods I've used above to limit your book buying habit? Do you think there should be such a thing as a book buying ban? Let me know below and let's talk!
- Preorder more books online. The biggest reason for preordering online, is that books are much cheeper online.
- Avoid going to the bookstore on a regular basis. Only go for special occasions and signings. This is to avoid the temptation of picking up books I hadn't planned on purchasing.
- Create a list of preorders for each month, limiting the number of purchases/preorders to 5 or 6 books per month. Or choose to limit the number of preorders per year (rather than by month). *
**I have chosen to do both. I have limited the total number of preorders in 2014 to 30.