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Saving Money On Books – The World’s Cheapest Books

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Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown

Before we get started, I want you to walk over to your bookshelf or shelves and take a good look.   How many books are there?   How many of them have you read or referred to in the past 6 months, or even the past year.   Grab one at random and flip over to the back cover – does it still have its price sticker?  Chances are it cost you more than $20 (or a lot more depending on the title).  Multiply that by how many books are sitting on your shelf and again, chances are you’ve got quite a few hard-earned dollars gathering dust on that shelf.

Now don’t be scared, I’m not going to tell you to give up on books.  As a self-confessed bibliophile, that would be unthinkable!   Remember, frugal living doesn’t mean going without – it’s not about giving up those things which you most enjoy - it simply means doing things more economically.Libary

My question is, once you’ve read these books, do you really need to have them with you forever more?  After all, life is not a game of “the one with the most books wins”.   So if you won’t need them once you’ve read them – why BUY them in the first place?!   Why not just borrow them?

I don’t know when it was that I forgot that community/council libraries existed (perhaps when I left school) – but I do remember when I rediscovered them.  It was a magical kid-in-a-candy-store moment, hundreds upon hundreds of books and all of them free!   I could have stayed for hours had my partner not dragged me out clutching my full allowance – 2 crime stories, a Stephen King, Excel for Dummies and 20 Great Play-doh Holiday Projects amongst others.  All FREE!

Libraries, or Knowledge Centres as some now prefer to be called, have moved on and it’s not just books any more - it’s magazines, CD’s, DVD’s - our local library even loans out pedometers for goodness sake!

So, before you buy that book – why not check if there’s a copy at your local library (become a member and search their catalogue online at home).   If they don’t have it, maybe a friend does? Alternatively, you could turn your current collection of books back into cash at a second hand bookstore or garage sale and buy your new book with the proceeds.

Knowledge is power.   And thanks to libraries, that power can be free.

Happy reading.

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