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Oi, Money (What a Problem)

By the start of next month, I would actually start contributing to the household expenses and this has forced me to consider the state of my finances. I’ve got some savings and the like, so that’s okay. I’m also looking to keep on saving more as, of course, we don’t know what might happen in the future. Better safe than sorry, right? I’ve also been thinking of investments and the like and I’ve got some ideas. Meanwhile, I’m also looking around for a possible part-time job that I can do during the weekends. I’ll just have to talk about these things later because this post actually has some other point to it.

Basically, I would need to be more careful about my money starting next month. Not that I’m not, but nowadays I’ve gotten quite comfortable with it and that’s not quite a good thing. So I guess in a way, this is good. This is going to force me to actually do accounting for my money so I know what goes where. So yes, that’s quite responsible and all that. And thus it brings me to this: WHAT ABOUT FUN?

You know, what about my expensive fandom tshirts? Other cute, random stuff like office materials? And what about my food trips and outings with friends? WHAT DO I DO?

My last cute notebook???

My last cute notebook???

Well, looks like there won’t be expensive shirts for a while before I figure things out. As for office materials, I’ve actually got a lot of stuff at home so I will also have to abstain from that. And the food trips and outings? I guess I’ll just have to allot money for them. Those are just things that are important and it can work. Somehow. I don’t know how yet, but they would. Ahaha…

I guess we can go low budget on meeting up with friends. No need to go anywhere too expensive unless it’s a really special occasion. Maybe we can also get that Game of Thrones themed (not-) sleepover to actually happen. Get together in a house, bring snacks/dinner and then Game of Thrones marathon. Sleep optional, though I’d probably turn into a zombie if I ever attempted not to sleep at all…

So anyway, here’s to future budget planning. May it work out well for me who likes to eat out and spend money somewhat vicariously.

(And thus a rambling post about money and spending was done.)

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Books for Sale

I have resolved some time ago to sell my books that I didn’t really see myself going back to reading any time soon. It took a while between one thing and another, but I finally got off my butt earlier today to compile a list and to post it online. The book list can be accessed here, if you have a Facebook account. I was actually surprised at how many books I was willing to part with. It wasn’t news to me that I had a lot of books, they’re practically everywhere in my house, but to actually have an exact count of books that I was willing to sell? Mind-boggling. And I’ve only just started sorting through my books. I have a bunch more in another big box and who knows how many more I’ll find in there.

Once I started earning money, I was pretty enthusiastic about buying books. I mean, how can you go wrong with books? They entertain you and also teach you things. You’re able to travel to distant lands and universes without having to pay much (usually), meet new people, learn some new vocabulary, history, facts or life lessons along the way. I frequented book sales and bookstores every week. It wasn’t surprising when I came home with a bag of books after a trip to the mall. When I felt down, I splurged in a book sale or got myself that book that I really, really wanted, but was a bit pricey for the usual book shopping trip. A big chunk of my money the past few years were invested in books. I knew this, but it was still surprising to find how many I’ve hoarded through the years.

A lot of my books are (embarrassingly?) romance novels. You know, the ones with the buff half-naked guy holding this swooning half-naked girl in his arms on the cover? Yeah, those. A lot of them are based in another time and another place with the protagonists falling in love at the end no matter how they started out. How can I not be happy with these books? Perfect escapist material, I say. Nowadays, I still love romance novels, though I’m much pickier now. I don’t get the ones with the embarrassing covers as often anymore and I prefer Regency and Paranormal Romances by specific authors. Rule of thumb with buying romance novels is that the cover must not be embarrassing to bring out in public, though romance novels still kind of are embarrassing to read out in the open where anyone can see. Thank goodness for my Kindle. Now I can read all the romance novels I want in public and no one will be the wiser!

My Kindle is another reason why I’m letting a lot of my books go. The Kindle has made my life as a bookworm better in a lot of ways. It makes bringing books around a lot easier as all the books are just in this handheld device. I have about 200+ books in my Kindle right now and I still have a lot of space to fill in. It doesn’t strain my eyes as the screen isn’t backlit like a computer screen is. It’s light and easy to hold. I love my Kindle and I’ve always been grateful that my uncle gave it to me. However, I do still miss actual books. Nothing quite beats the way you actually hold a book in your hand and take the time to turn the pages. And then there’s that old book smell. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun to dig into a pile of books when you’re trying to look for that special one you wanted to read at the time. Much as I love the Kindle, it’s also not very huggable, which I always found books to be. No matter what, it’s still a machine and machines are kind of hard to love (though some machines are exceptions).

There are still a couple of books that I don’t think I could ever let go of for different reasons. Like, I can’t let go of my paperback copy of Gone With the Wind and its sequel Scarlett, because I love the movie and I love the books just as much. Same goes for Rhett Butler’s People, which is another Gone With the Wind sequel and a book that I really, really wanted to get after it came out. My Tita Kim got me a copy and sent it from the States. I was that hardcore about it. There are other books, other stories and I can’t remember them all right now. Maybe later again this week when I dive into the next pile of books to weed out the ones that I can get new homes for. Hopefully, they will be loved more by their new owners.