I had to buy a book recently. It hurt. Much as I love books, my financially sensible self would rather get them from the library or stock up on a few good novels at the school fair at $2 to $3 each.
The main exception to this rule is the three to six books I buy a year for book group. I view the money spent on those as the cost of belonging to the book club.
This month, I wanted my children to read a particular book. Borrowing from the library wasn't an option because I wanted to refer back to it. So I had to cough up.
A Google search showed I could get the book at The Parenting Place's bookshop for $38.90, including postage, $39.95 at Whitcoulls and $27 plus postage on Trade Me.
My debit card baulked at the indignity.
It feels good to shop at The Parenting Place or Whitcoulls. But this wasn't a book I yearned for. It was a necessary purchase. Shopping around paid off.
I hope my small purchases also help keep a Kiwi in work. I should add that Fishpond's reviews on PriceSpy.co.nz are painful to read. I took the risk because I also like the idea of being able to return items to a New Zealand address, if necessary.
The moral of the tale is that if you really must buy a book, shop around.
• Whitcoulls: Buy 1 get 1 half-price on all children's books. Offer ends Sunday April 6. Lowest priced item half-price.
• Fishpond.co.nz: Pre-order The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike) in hardback for $26.08.
• The Warehouse: Buy 1, get 1 half-price on bargain fiction books until Tuesday.