Travel Saving: 1 Year Book Buying Ban Experiment

Friday, April 22, 2016



In general, I'm not a big spender on stuff. Travel is a priority for me, so I'm always concious of saving  for upcoming trips. Living abroad has also forced me to live with less stuff, which is another reason for not accumulating much. But, I have a weakness for buying books. Lately, every time I travel, I purchase at least one book (either used or new), and you know what? This book-buying habit is starting to add up in terms of money and accumulated stuff!

To save money for upcoming travel, to limit the amount of stuff we accumulate in Vilnius, and to make our future 2017 move (destination TBD) easier, J and I decided to do an experiment. Specifically, we decided to do a year-long book buying ban. This means that we won't be buying any books for ourselves from now until at least April 2017.

We both read a lot, so we've come up with a few strategies to read what we want, without having to buy anything. It has taken a while, but I've finally found a couple of libraries in Vilnius with a good range of books in English (why do most of the libraries in Vilnius look and feel like jails??) So, I'm dusting off my library cards and will be checking out books. I think we may also swap out some books when we are back in the US (I know I have a few novels waiting for me at home!). Borrowing books from friends is another option we are going to seek out. Any other ideas for us?

I'll be writing periodic check in posts that calculate how much we've saved for travel by not buying books as well as about the English book options in Vilnius. I'll also report back if we cheat and break the ban to purchase a book.


Do you have any shopping weaknesses or are you awesome at sticking to a budget? If you'd like to join in with this book buying ban let me know! I'd love to have an accountability partner!

4 comments:

  1. Buying books is definitely one of my weaknesses. I try not to buy hard copies but it is just too tempting! I even have a Kindle but much prefer hard copies. Such a bad habit!

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    1. Books are just so tempting! Having mounds of books makes it so difficult when moving too ... ugh! Hopefully this experiment will help!

      Do you guys have your Vilnius dates picked out yet?

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  2. Do you have a Kindle? I am able to check out e-books through the library of my last residence in the US who happens to have an amazing e-book collection. It has saved me hundreds of dollars!

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    1. That is a great tip! No, I don't have an e-reader. I just love holding real books in my hands, though I might have to give in one of these days.

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