HOW JOINING THE LIBRARY SAVED ME MONEY
I love books, in fact I adore books! I have never caught on to the Kindle craze and I don’t like reading for long periods on a tablet or computer screen. When I read I want to feel the book in my hands and turn the pages and feel the paper. What I’ve struggled to love is the unread book piles forming in various rooms of my home and not having the time to read any of them.
Yes the above picture is very similar to how my unread book pile was getting, and something had to give. After moaning about the clutter and stacks of unread books to my mum she just turned round and said ‘why are you buying all these books, why don’t you just join your local library?’ The last time I borrowed books from the library it was from a local van that used to pull up in the pub car park at the top of our street. Mum would bundle us into our coats for the regular trip to choose two books each. My two sisters and I all loved books it was such an exciting walk and we always looked forward to with anticipation.
So why wasn’t I using my local library? I have no idea! Another light bulb moment. Thinking about it maybe I just thought it was an old fashioned idea, my monthly haul on Amazon had become the norm. I decided to find out how much I had actually spent on Amazon and book shops in the last year (oh dear). So here are the figures:
I could have re-decorated the bathroom (which I’ve been putting off due to lack of funds!) And that is not including all the magazine purchases I’ve made monthly for the last year (probably at least another £100 on top!).
I’m not saying that I will never buy another book as I do have some reference books that I like to go back to when needed and some much loved cook books that I use all the time, but I won’t buy another novel and I will definitely bypass the magazine aisle when I’m in W H Smiths.
I’ve now set myself the challenge of just having two small shelves of books in my office and a shelf for my cookbooks in the kitchen. Anything that doesn’t fit is going, and if I really want to purchase a new book then an older book will have to go to make room for it.
My local library is in an attractive old building (below) and only a five minute walk for me after work. They are open until 7pm on a weekday so I have time for a good browse. I’ve made my library visit into a lovely ritual that I look forward to each time I visit. I borrow one book at a time and make sure I set aside times to read throughout the week before it has to be returned. It is giving me simple pleasure and my bank account is very approving of my decision to stop buying too many books!
ps. Thank you mum for giving such good advice!