How to stick to your book buying ban

So, you’re taking the plunge and establishing a self-imposed book buying ban for a week/month/year.  Woo, go you! You deserve a pat on the back!


But put the celebration on hold until you’ve actually completed your mission. I know from personal experience how hard it is to stick to a ‘no-spend’. I’m an expert at making excuses–  so I’ve compiled these tips to help you stay on track and keep your bank account healthy.

Work through your TBR

You’ve heard this before. Read the books you have! They’re there, sitting on your shelf, unread, begging to be consumed. I personally have over a hundred books on my shelf that I haven’t even read the first page of! Yet I’m continually walking into bookstores, ‘just to browse’, and leaving with 3-5 new books!


It’s hard living in a world with social media. We constantly see and hear about amazing books and want to keep up with the latest releases. And online shopping is a killer! But you must be strong! There was a reason you bought those unread books, so start pulling them off your shelf and give them a go!

The negative: You don’t get to experience that rush when you put a pile of books on the counter or click ‘check out now’ online … but, remember, once you’ve finished your TBR you can start buying books again and, after all, a pleasure deferred is a pleasure enhanced!

One of my gorgeous TBR piles 

Re-read some old favourites

There is nothing like picking up and re-reading a book that thrilled and/or moved you. You can dive back into your favourite fantasy world and reacquaint yourself with your beloved fictional characters. I always discover new things about books when I re-read them: little jokes I’ve missed, clues as to who the killer is, character quirks etc. So pick up that much loved, shabby book and fall back in love.

The negative: You know how the story ends!

Classics are a great place to start!

Take a visit to the library

Do you love that feeling of carrying a pile of books to the counter to buy? Well, the library can give you a similar rush, without the huge hit to your credit card. Okay, so you have to return those beautiful books you’ve just borrowed, but you still get to carry home a nice collection and you can keep up to date with the latest releases. Just make sure you reserve any books you’re desperate to read! And remember, just like Arthur said:


The negative: You don’t get to keep the books and library books don’t look as cute on Instagram!

Kindle free trial

Did you know Kindle does a one-month free trial where you can download and read thousands of eBooks for free! It’s a seriously awesome service. If you have a smartphone or tablet then you can take advantage of this awesome deal. Just download the Kindle app, setup an Amazon account and signup for the free trial! Just don’t forget to cancel it before you get charged for next month! (Unless you love it! Then it’s only $13.99 AUD a month).

The negative: There’s something special about the smell and feel of a physical book that eBooks just don’t provide.

Borrow books from friends/family

I love getting book recs from friends, and it’s even better when they lend you the book! I have a close group of friends who I swap books with (only people I trust! I’m very protective of my books). Some of my favourite books have been borrowed from friends and family. It’s a great way to read new books and there isn’t the time limit that libraries have. Plus, you can talk about the book with them when you’re finished. There’s nothing better than talking about books!


The negative: If you love the book, you’re probably going to want to go out and buy it!

Have you successfully completed a book no spend? What tips do you have? let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Lucie ❤️


3 thoughts on “How to stick to your book buying ban

  1. These tips are so helpful, Lucie! ♥ I’ve been on a book buying ban for A YEAR – no kidding, and the only reason I’ve been able to stick to it is because I don’t have a job, so… Literally, no money. But I know how hard it is to have the money and resist the temptation of buying new books! Just like you said, living in a world with social media is hard. I blame Instagram for my growing wishlist, because there’s no way I can say no to all the beautiful books I see and discover there! Working through the ones I have sleeping on my bookshelf and re-reading are always great options for me. And I’ve never tried the Kindle free trial, but I’ll give it a go! I’m curious about ebooks, so it really sounds amazing!


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