Bookaholics – Ten Ways to Support Your Habit
My name is Dee Ann Waite and I have an addiction…to books.
I know you’re a book lover too, or you wouldn’t be visiting my site, and if you’re anything like me, your reading device is chock full of ‘em. But I can always use more, right?
I ran a recent tape on how much money I’ve spent so far this year on books – and this doesn’t include books of the trade or reference books – just for enjoyment, and I was a bit astonished. My initial thought was, “Girl, you need to cut back.” My next thought was, “Who are you kidding?” So, I went to work figuring out places I could save money in order to fund my book addiction. Below are my top ten saving tips:
- Remember when banks had the Christmas Club accounts? I used to love that idea. So guess what I just did – I opened a savings account just to be used to buy books, go to book events, visit authors, or anything thing else in the way of the book world. Cool, right?
- Forget the movie, or at least read the book before the movie. Books are almost always better anyway, don’t you think? If you must see the movie, wait for it to come out on Redbox and watch it on your big screen. After all, why’d you get that big T.V. if not to watch your favorite movies?
- I love eating out as much as the next girl, but do you know how much money I waste out of sheer laziness? Too much! I’ve decided to bring my lunch to work a minimum of 2 days a week and bank the money I would have spent into my book account. Already saved 20.00!
- I’ve become quite conscious of my environment lately – call it old age, what-evah – and have started making my own household cleansers. I love it. Saves me money, smells better, is non-toxic to my dog, and is easy to do.
- I’ve also become more conscious of what I put on my body, and thanks to Pinterest I’ve found wonderful ways to make my own fantastic moisturizers. Way better than store bought! I can actually see and feel a difference in my skin.
- In trying to be more health conscious this year, I joined the gym. I recently quit the gym and have chosen to take it outside. I do my walking around the neighborhood, park, or beach, and Dodger loves it too! Don’t have a dog? Borrow the neighbors. Don’t like walking? Shoot some hoop with your kid. Don’t have a kid? I’m pretty sure you can borrow one of them, too. I think…
- Cut down on medical bills by remembering to floss, exercise, do yoga, meditate, eat right, and get enough sleep. These are all things we should be doing regularly anyway, but come on, really? Who has time for all this? Hmm, I’m making time and so should you.
- Here’s one I’ve been having lots of fun with – grow your own veggies. I’ve never had a green thumb, ever. All the plants in my house are plastic – all except one and I swear I can hear that poor thing cry out in agony every time I pass it. But once again, thanks to Pinterest I’ve learned so much about raised gardens. I’m just starting out so I haven’t gotten into anything big, but tomatoes, cucumbers, and lettuce. Nothing beats fresh from the garden…and way healthier than the store.
- Being a writer, I tend to shut myself in my back room for hours on end and come out when my fingers are shot, resulting in neglect of things I love most – Michael and Dodger. Because of this, Michael and I have a date night every Friday night. This is our together time. We usually go out to dinner and either end up at the bookstore or sometimes a walk on the beach, (We’re in Florida so basically every night is a beach night) and then most of the time we rent a movie and head home. Instead of doing this every Friday, we’ve decided to back it down to twice a month, and the other two weeks we stay in, maybe make homemade pizza, light some candles, share some wine, and…well…what-evah.
- Here’s a good one – cut the cable! I know, I know, a tough one indeed, but you know what? We don’t miss it at all. Michael is an artist (by the way, he does amazing book covers if anyone is interested) and I’m a writer. By cutting out the T.V. we’ve managed to be much more productive in our creativity, and our shared communication has improved greatly as well. This was a great idea.
Okay, so these are my ideas. Anyone have any others they’d like to share? I’m open to ideas. If it’ll save me money and help me buy books, it’s worth my consideration.
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