How much do you spend on books?

Canada
February 1, 2007 12:53pm CST
How much do you spend on books in a month? Do you buy mostly new or used books? From a store or online? I buy most of my books from used book stores, and spend about $25 a month.
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@imsilver (1669)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
I pick up most of my books at the thrift store for 20 cents a piece :) Very rarely will I buy a book brand new.. unless it's something that I really really really want.. and even then I feel much better about buying it if it has a sale sticker on it :) I probably spend way too much on books even at 20 cents a piece.. lol.. I can't walk past the thrift store without going in and browsing through their books and coming out with an armful. And this happens probably every second day or so. Some I buy for my collections and others I just pick up,read, and pass on to someone else or take back to the thrift store.
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• Canada
5 Feb 07
I love thrift stores and second-hand stores. And garage sales! If you can get there before the agents from bookstores pick things over you can get some great deals from people trying to get rid of what they consider to be junk. About the only time I spend full price for a book is if somebody gives me a bookstore gift card for Christmas or a birthday.
• United States
5 Feb 07
I definitely, definitely agree... I have over a thousand books, so if I bought them all at full price, I would have no money for rent :) I typically buy from flea markets, library sales and goodwill, places where you can get paperbacks at 5/ $1.00 and hardcovers from $0.50 to $2.00.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I don't really have a set amount that I spend on books. Some months it could be $100 and others nothing. It depends on if I can find anything interesting to me or not. I buy a lot of my books from half.com, they ususally have really good prices and if you buy fro the same seller you get a discount on shipping too.
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• Canada
2 Feb 07
I've never bought a book online. How much do you have to buy to make it worth paying for shipping?
• Switzerland
3 Feb 07
I buy mostly audio books from my own store. (AudioBooksCorner-dot-com). The amount varies quite a bit, sometimes it's just $30 soemtimes it can go up to $100 to $120, listening to about 4 to 6 books every month. I guess on average it's more like $40 to $50 / month.
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I borrow my books from the library. I go through about 6 books every two weeks. I used to go through more, but I am more active right now. During the summer, I buy books at garage sales so I have books for the weather I cannot get out in.
• United States
3 Feb 07
I'd like to spend around 25$ a month on books. As is, I spend about 10$ every couple of months. I just don't have enough cash to afford the things I need, much less the things I want.
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• Philippines
3 Feb 07
I used to spend $20/month for books. I would either buy new ones or used books. I cut off my spending until I bought a pocket pc and dowload ebooks instead. Tons of free ebooks are available online. I have downloaded hundreds of them and saved it into the disc. The classics that are also available in the bookstores can also be stored as an ebook so I really saved a lot of money.
@g_aileen09 (1354)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
I spend not much money but most of my time in used bookstores ...and before I know it... i have bought more books than what i intend to. Nice collections though. And these are within my budget still.
• India
2 Feb 07
I spend around 200 rupees
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• Pakistan
2 Feb 07
Not much.Months and months pass amd I don't buy one.I usually borrow it from others or my elder brother buy it for me .I spend a little on it
@brimia (6584)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Not much...I get almost all of my books from the library or borrow them from friends and family.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
I am trying really hard not to buy any books right now cause we are saving up to buy a car this spring, but its really tuff. lol On average I probably spend about 20-25 a month or so. I usually buy my books at Costco, cause they have the best prices.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
Some months I don't buy any books. Some months I spend $25-$100. I am part of the Borders Rewards Program (it's free to join). Every time you spend $50 in a month you get a Personal shopping day - where you get 10% off everything you buy all day. They also send you coupons to your email every Thursday for 20-40% off of items. And the best part is that they put 5% into an account that you can use between November and January. My brother and I share an account and split the Holiday Rewards (the 5% back).
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@banditwsj (654)
• Indonesia
13 Feb 07
I do not always focussed money to buy book. I buy book if me have money more. if me very require book, I will buy him immediately to be money I can be used for other matter.
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• India
13 Feb 07
i use british library for books .
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• Philippines
5 Feb 07
Around $20/month. But I splurge, so I try to avoid going inside bookstores, if I can; I'm so easily tempted, and the covers are so enticing, the blurbs so very interesting...um, yeah. :)
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@indywahm (808)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I am like you and love used book stores, i also love ebay and thrift store and usually spend about 20 to 30 dollars a month on books. I do find that the more i am online the less i read. The last yard sale i had we even sold our set of encyclopedias because they were a couple of years old and we know we can get the info online.
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Currently on limited budget, so spending 25 to 30 a month or less, buying used, and online, and at stores, when I have extra funds I spend more, I also go to library as well.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
4 Feb 07
OMG I'm a serious book junkie so I can easily spend a fast $50 or more, usually more LOL but I dont buy books every month...LOL mind you there are very few months that go by when I dont buy books really and of course thats not including books I buy for my kids or husband either...
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• India
4 Feb 07
i spend around 30$ per month on books becoz how much time we may sit on interent we cannots forget books they r the part and parcel of ur life they should be avoided becoz they r many part of ur civilisation buddy so be in touch with books
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• United States
4 Feb 07
Oh man, I can spend upwards of $50 on book a month. And that's getting used at hastings, walden books, and amazon. Plus I also get them at walmart and sometimes Meijer.
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