Spring Cleaning Bibliophiles

March 13, 2011 § 2 Comments

My husband and I have a little bit of a book problem. We both love reading and we both love buying books. It’s a good problem to have but it can also be an expensive one, especially when you’re paying movers.

Yesterday as the first of our Spring Cleaning Savings initiatives, we went through our books and pulled out the ones we don’t really care for or need and took them to the Boulder Bookstore. They have a great used book program where they re-sell books for 50% of the cover price. If they buy your books they either give you 30% of that in cash or 40% in store credit. They’ll take care of donating what they don’t buy for you. We took in 2 of our 6 bags of books yesterday and they bought 17 of them for $65 in store credit. That is a lot more than you’d get in a yard sale or on eBay with a lot less hassle. My next step will be unwanted furniture on Craigslist.

I’ve always enjoyed a little retail therapy but this week has been a good lesson in making the most of what you have. It feels good to assess what you have and do a little spring cleaning. I still have $8 of the $55 left from my spare change food experiment. I did fail one night when my friends were in town. They’re thinking of moving here so we wanted to show them around a bit. I plan to make up for it a couple days this week. I still have lots of food to get through in the pantry.

All in all, it looks like this week will add up to about $5000 in savings this year. Not a bad week.

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