This is a periodic discussion feature here at Snuggly Oranges about the many problems one can run into as a book nerd.
#1. Money, Money, Money…
Welcome to my first attempt at a discussion feature! These will be posted randomly, and I have no idea how many there will be eventually. It would be pretty cool if I could get to 99, but who knows? If you have ideas for topics I could cover, those are always welcome! But without further delay, let’s start.
We all know the sad fact: books cost money. (Well you could promise sexual or other favors, but let’s assume you purchase your books in a more traditional way.) As bloggers, we are able to get our hands on some of those precious review copies, but even so, as true book nerds, finished hardcover copies of our favorites are a must have.
As a business student, in one of my courses we came across the term “mental budgeting“. Long story short: people tend to keep their income separated into different hypothetical jars. For example, you always set aside money for your rent, utilities, phone bill, and other standard expenses. Then you set aside a monthly clothing allowance. Then you have another jar for food and groceries, a jar for savings, and a jar for social outings. When you’re spending money, you keep track of how much you have left in your mental jar for each category.
When the book addiction hits… and gets serious… mental budgets start to shift. This new jar, “ERMAGHERD BOOKS”, starts borrowing money from all the other jars. So what do we forgo for those pretty pretties? Here are some possible sacrifices.
Who needs clothes? I mean, those jeans may be three years old, but they’ve stretched to fit your body shape perfectly! No, you don’t need new clothes this month. The colors may be fading, but why would you want to stand out anyway?
|Literally substituting clothing with books may go a bit far, but.. you know.|
2. Social outings.So you could take those €20 and go out to eat or drink with friends and have one fun night, OR you could buy that pretty book over there which will be your treasure forever… Hmm, the choice seems pretty clear. Anyway… who needs friends?
|These are my friends! Look how many!|
So vacation time comes around and it’s time to pick where you want to go. But for the cost of a trip to an exotic country, you might as well buy 10 books and explore 10 different worlds!
So how do you account for your bookish addiction? Which expenditures do you forgo so that you can buy that highly anticipated new novel? Which sacrifices do you make? And—if it’s not too painful to think about—how much do you spend on books per month? Let me know in the comments!
The lack of money is the root of all evil. Mark Twain