I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. A book buying addict. It’s something I’ve been aware of for quite some time but lately it has come to my attention that the reason I don’t have a whole lot of money in my savings is because I spent it all on buying books (as well as DVDs of movies and television shows).
I have little space to store my books (despite having an overflowing library made up of Dad’s books) and have had to stack books in my bookcase, hiding others from view, just to fit them all. Because I was organising my books purely just to fit into the space, there was no order to how they were organised.
I was starting to forget what books I owned as many were hidden behind other piles of books. I love alphabetising my books and DVDs. Some people find this ridiculous, but to me, organising things alphabetically makes the most sense because I feel it makes everything easier to find.
Note: any title starting with “The” is not filed under “T” unless the second word also begins with “T”, “The Notebook”, for example, is filed under “N”.
After being incredibly bored, I decided to do a book inventory, alphabetically of course. After logging all my books, including cookbooks, I counted them and discovered that I own 229 books! While some have been gifts, the majority, I have purchased myself. Borders, Angus and Robertson, Dymocks and The Book Depository have all made quite a lot of money from yours truly.
I’ve spent anywhere from $5 to $50 on books ($50 on the cookbooks). By generalising and pretending that I purchased all of my books at $15 a pop, I’ve spent around $3,435 on books!
When looking over my movie and television show DVD collection, I counted 112 movies and 57 seasons of 11 different television shows. Again, some I have received as gifts, but by also generalising and pretending I bought every movie at around $12 each, I’ve spent around $1,344 on movies. If I apply this again to television shows at an average of $20 a season, I’ve spent around $1,140 on television shows.
So all up, I’ve spent around $5,919 on books and DVDs. That is absolutely ridiculous! I could have been saving that money and earning interest, instead I have an increasing book and DVD collection. At least I have something to show for my money as opposed to people who spend all their money on drugs, alcohol and gambling.
If I could go back in time and redo my purchases, I wouldn’t change much, but maybe be a bit more ruthless when it came to buying books.
On a side note: I’ve realised recently that I will happily buy a book I have never read before, but I wouldn’t buy a film I hadn’t seen (unless it was part of a pack and I’d seen the other movies). Does anyone else do this? Why do you think we do it?
What do you spend most of your money on?