Many of my friends will know that I am... how can I put this? Slightly careful with money.
Even though I am now part of a DINK household, and we're both on OK incomes (nothing to write home about, I hasten to add), we still have certain behaviours that persist from our Varsity days. I tend to be drawn to second hand clothes stores, we always buy stuff on special, and we'll trawl the internet to get new stuff at a discount from in the stores.
This is especially so with books. Here in New Zealand, books are horribly expensive. You'd expect to pay $25.99 - $31.99 for a paperback novel, and $45.00 or more for any kind of hardcover. So I've tended to buy second hand books and get a lot of use from my library card.
However, since getting my Kindle (on special!) I have been amazed at the amount of books I can download for really low prices. Not just pulpy, badly written stuff - some really good, impressively-written novels.
And all that for as litte as $4.99, $2.99, or even 99c? Wow. Life never looked so good.
Until now, that is...
I've recently joined WoMens Literary Cafe, after discovering their Free E-Book Friday. Yum! Free E-Books every Friday, starting in January. I think you might be asked to provide a review once you've read them (heh, give me something free and then ask to share my opinion? Seriously, where's the catch?).
It all kicks off in January, so if you're of the... ahem, careful persuaion, go on over and sign up!
PS I don't run or have any vested interest in WoMen's Literary Cafe, but I do love a freebie
PPS In case you were wondering, "DINK" = Dual Income, No Kids