There's nothing more satisfying to a book lover than walking out of a store with brand new adventures, but it's so easy to drop an insane amount of money while achieving that book buying high. You walk out of there with your wallet much lighter and while that initial new book rush is amazing it can be hard to budget yourself. Here's where this pro tip comes in. It's so simple you'll think, oh duh!
Get Yourself A Library Card!
All the books you are thinking about buying are at the library, for free! Everything that you would have picked up at the store is sitting on those shelves. True yes, someone else might have checked out the book that you wanted and now you have to wait. That is unfortunate I agree but hey, read something else in the meantime! Yes it can be frustrating but consider the price vs. the immediate gratification and see if you can wait a little while or if you need to make that purchase. You'll be on a waiting list for some of the acclaimed brand new releases that are getting a lot of attention but you'll save yourself so much money in the long run.
They have books on everything! If you want to try out some new recipes they will have a whole section on that! Take your cookbook home and try a couple of exciting recipes! If you really love them then get yourself a binder and photocopy recipe pages that you really love to make your own personalized cookbook of pre-approved recipes at a fraction of the price. Travel advice, graphic novels, audio books, magazines, all the latest best sellers, and so much more. If they don't have it there then they'll get it through inter-library loans so you'll always be able to get a hold of what you're looking for.
If you have a DVD player then you have lucked out! In a way Blockbuster has never died because you can search the libraries movies to see nearly anything you want. There are so many favorites both old and new that are available at your local library! Go revisit old film friends from your childhood or see the newest releases without having to illegally download them; messing up your computer with a virus in the process. You can look for something intentionally or just peruse and pick up anything that strikes your fancy in the moment. Hey, get crazy and see if they have any tapes for your ancient VCR player.
Wandering the stacks of the library can be just a thrilling as exploring the bookstore and there are just as many hidden gems. Libraries can have books way older than your average bookstore and they have an incredible range. You'll get the same variety at a fraction of the price. Same experience, just with less knick knacks for sale at the counter. A lot of libraries also have online databases so you can get books downloaded to your preferred reading device! Librarians also have good memories and if you are a frequent visitor they can recommend amazing reads you would never have found otherwise. The sense of community in libraries means that book lovers will get a personal experience when they check out their books. Quick readers have no fear! You can take out so many books at once it will seem like the sky's the limit.
While it can be amazing to own your favorites, you probably already own them. It's so much cheaper of a plan to explore books via library and only buy the books you've decided you can never live without.
Go find your favorites because they're out there waiting for you!