Tuesday, February 22, 2011

How to spend a Groupon: Erin-style

Sometimes I can't help but laugh at myself and the things that I get a little stressed about. Case in point: The $20 Barnes and Noble Groupon that had been burning a hole in my pocket for weeks. Yep, I was stressing over, what is essentially a gift card. Who does that?!

The thing about this is, I read A LOT, and I go through a lot of books in a fairly short amount of time; and when it comes to new books $20 doesn't really go that far, so my choices needed to be calculated. I didn't want to pick up any ol' paperback that looked interesting; no, I needed to get books that I truly wanted to read, that I wanted to keep on my bookshelf, and that I couldn't just pick up at the Library. With me, chances are good that if I can get the book at the Library, even if I have to hang out on the waiting list for a few weeks, I won't shell out cash for it. I'm poor, I have bills, I live on a tight budget and I would be broke in an instant if I bought all of the books that I read and/or check-out from the Library. I'm sure you all are smiling and shaking your heads at this a little right now, but I bet you also understand exactly what I'm saying.

So, after checking my "To-Read" list, comparing it against the Library, looking at the lists of upcoming new releases by my favorite authors and wandering around Barnes and Noble several times I finally made my decision, and I couldn't be happier! After much deliberation, I decided on A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness and The Art of French Kissing by Kristin Harmel. I know, I know...all of that for just 2 books? But my reasoning makes sense. A Discovery of Witches is a new release that isn't available at the Library yet, and is one of those investment pieces. Meaning, I know I'm going to love it, will want to give it a permanent place on my bookshelf, and I bet I'm going to lend this one around a bit. Plus, as a B&N member, I got it for a steal! The Art of French Kissing is your basic, feel-good, smile-over-a-bit-of-romance chick lit book. It is by an author that I love who cannot be found at the Library (which truly baffles me), and it was in the bargain bin.

Success! I walked out of Barnes and Noble with a smile on my face, and 2 new books in hand.

1 comment:

  1. ha- If I read like you did, I would put that much thought into how to spend the gift card too!! Heck, I would probalby make a spreadsheet over it! :) Guess What I had this weekend? Hint- WITH SAGE! hahaha


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