How much do you spend on books?

Posted January 20, 2020 by Zeee in Discussions10 Comments

How much do you spend on books?

Let’s talk about anything bookish!


I know I’ve been MIA for a bit but I am now back and hopefully, ready for this new year of blogging! Today, I want to talk about how much we spend on books.


Yes, I want to confront our book-buying habits. Well, my personal book-buying habits.

In the last year or so, I have started to change my book-buying habits. This change really started when I started to collect more books (right?) that it has started to overtake my shelves.

Story of our lives, right?

I’ve subscribed to a couple of digital subscriptions – Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape and that has been where my $$$ has gone. Which, technically has saved me money in the long run! I also subscribe to Audible for 1 credit a month, which helps me when the audiobooks I want aren’t available to borrow at the library or books I can’t wait to listen to.

I’ve not spent a lot of money buying books – unless it’s for books that I really have to have.


I do love to shop for books and I have purchased a lot of books at a used books sale. I’ve bought a bunch (read a lot) of books at the Friends of the Library sale where I get books for really cheap, and support my local library at the same time! Win-win!

So far, I have been really good at saving my book money for not buying books at all.

I also buy books at book signings. Especially if it’s done at a local book store. This is my way of supporting the author and the library. While books aren’t that cheap at the book store, I try to buy books there as often as I can.


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So, tell me how much money do you spend on books?
Do you subscribe to any book subscription service?


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10 responses to “How much do you spend on books?

  1. short answer: too much (LOL)
    I’m trying to be better about not buying books, like getting most of my audiobooks by borrowing them from the library instead of buying them because I *rarely* listen to an audiobook more than once. I talk about going on a book buying ban, but… x.x Yeah, that’s never going to happen. I’ve just shifted to buying ebooks instead of physical books, because they’re cheaper and then they don’t pile up and break my bookcases, lol. I still end up spending as much on them, though… Cheaper just means I buy MORE!
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  2. Sharlene Wegner

    I can’t even begin to count! I have slowed down due to finance issues, but I was probably buying a few paperbacks a week, either in the store or on Amazon, along with ebooks. I also just signed up for a free trial of Audible and have been listening to books on my phone while I’m on the treadmill. I also get used books cheap at the friends of the library sales. I also borrow books, ebooks, audiobooks, movies & CD’s from the library.

  3. I am subscribed to Audible Escape but not KU. Honestly every time I sign up I just never read the books in it and just waste money hehe but I have a budget every month for books which I set at $25 and then I use my library quite a bit as well and ARC’s for my reading.

  4. I don’t tend to purchase many physical books. I think my record in 2019 for total number of physical books I bought in one month was only 5 books! Usually I’ll only get 1 or 2 physical books a month, and sometimes I won’t purchase any books in a month. I’m also much more likely to make a spur of the moment purchase on an e-book I really want to read that the library doesn’t have, than I’m likely to randomly purchase a physical book I had my eye on. E-books tend to be cheaper, so I’m okay with unplanned $4 purchases every once in a while, but random $20 purchases on physical books wouldn’t work with my budget, so I’m more mindful.
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  5. I actually track this on my spreadsheet! Most of the books I buy are used. I don’t do subscription services. I try to never spend more than $5 on a book. So far in 2020, I’ve acquired 3 books and spent $6.54. In all of 2019, I acquired 79 books and spent $175.20.
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