Living a good life with less money: Books
I love reading. When I was young, my parents heavily subsidized my book purchases. So, I formed a habit of buying a ton of books.
When I became a programmer, this started to become more and more costly. Every few days, the postman delivered my books.
When I started to budget and tried to invest money, I noticed that I spent between 100-200 Euros on books every month.
This means 18,000 Euros over ten years. Quite a big sum.
I managed to get my book related expenses down to 20 Euros per month with these tricks. Spoiler: They are obvious — but only in hindsight.
Most of my non-technical books I get from our local library now. It has quite a wonderful assortment of great books. And: Every time I ask for them to buy a new one, they buy it for me.
I enjoy being there. It gives me a sense of community to share all these books with many people.
Used books and selling books
For books that the library doesn’t have, I buy used book over Amazon Marketplace. And after I read them, I sell them.
This makes even expensive books very affordable.
For work related books, my employer is happy to order them for me. And I can give these books to my colleagues and have them at hand in our company’s library.
Saving is not about sacrifice
So, you see: I still love books. I read as many as before. I enjoy walks to the library — and all the book-loving people there.
I do not have shelf after shelf full of books at home — but that’s fine with me.
I save a ton of money — and still enjoy reading.
These are the kinds of things, you have to watch out for — where you waste money, without improving your life.