Buying Books on a Budget

housing-budget-booksA super low quality pic of Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (it doesn’t do it justice)

I will admit it: I have a book buying problem.

There was a time when I was all about E-Readers, when I thought about all the space and money that could be saved because all the books I could ever want to read would be stored on my Kindle.

That time didn’t last very long.

I realized that reading on an E-Reader significantly cut down my attention span, so it took me forever to read books because it very much felt like just staring at another screen to me. I also had a tendency to forget everything I read when the screen shut off. Also, flipping pages was annoying (flipping backwards to try to reacquaint myself with the story, and then having to flip forward again to where I last read was a nightmare). The reading experience was different and it’s just not for me.

So I let myself buy physical books again, which was a good choice because my bookshelf is strong and mighty and it renewed my love for reading that was stinted during the E-Reader era.

And this decision comes with its pros and cons.

Pro: Physical books are amazing and seeing cover art in person cannot compare to seeing it on a tiny screen.

Con: Books are expensive.

Pro: My collection of bookmarks can finally be put to use.

Con: Books are expensive.

It’s for good reason though. Paying money for something that someone put their heart and soul into makes sense, but man, as a broke college student, it really is not boding well for my wallet.

So I’ve learned how to get thrifty when it comes to buying books (quite literally). Here are some places that I like to buy books from that helps me keep costs down, but my library full.

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Seven Resolutions for 2017


(I was going to do 17 resolutions, but then I’ll just be lying to myself about keeping up with any of them.)

Happy New Year! May 2017 bring better times and better vibes.

Though I never quite enjoy New Year celebrations as much as other people seem to do, it is usually a time for introspection and to look over what I did the past year and what I want to change for this next year. And even though I woke up this morning feeling no different than I did in 2016, a new number is just something tangible to mark a new beginning, which is the main reason why I actually like New Years.

And with every new year, comes the resolutions. I’m not opposed to making resolutions because although they’re often abandoned and forgotten, it’s still a nice way to start off the next twelve months. A list of aspirations and goals to help guide your time.

I’ve made many resolutions in the past, but to be honest, I usually make the same resolutions every year, so I never really know if I do accomplish them. Maybe I do, but I just want to continue to keep doing them or just do them better. It’s all about continual growth. And as I grow older, I tend to focus in on specific goals, which is why “write more” has been one of my resolutions for the past four years. Because you can never really write enough, can you?

So after much thought, I present my seven resolutions for 2017. Because 2017 will be a good year. I’ll make sure of it. 

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