I understand that budgeting is different and means different things to each person. When my husband received his promotion I knew this was our chance to get our lives back on track financially.
One of the first ways I like to try to save is by slashing what I spend on books. Once I got to digging around on my new library’s website I started to get a little nervous. If a book has been out six months or less I can’t put a request in for inter-library loan (even if another library has a copy and it isn’t checked out!!). If my library has a copy of a book and that book is checked out I am not allowed to place a request for an inter-library loan. I must put that copy from our library on hold. And wait. Patience may be a virtue but I’m afraid it is a virtue I lack. AND all inter-library loans have a fee of $2.00 per inter-library loan.
Y’all I have NEVER had so many rules about how to borrow a book from a library in my life. In IL you searched on the library’s website and you could click “Place Hold” and that book would magically appear a few days later. Now I have to talk to a real person AT the library (and the library hours aren’t great my friends), and pay for these books. This is all completely new for me. I am intimidated to say the least.Book budgets. You got one? Love them? Hate them? Click To Tweet
With our new budget we have a good amount of pocket money. I realized I could buy my own books. I’ve switched back to reading mostly physical books and I can get a pretty good amount for them in trade ins at used book stores or trade them online. Regardless it occurred to me that I can still spend money on books without being over budget. I’m definitely going to try to learn how to master using my new library though. $2.00 a book is still MUCH better than I can do buying/selling/trading. I just have to learn a new set of rules.