I haven't been shopping in a while so I thought I'd go to Austin after church today.
I wasn't really looking for anything in particular. I thought I might pop in a few places I like. Just to see if they have anything I can't live without. Places like The Container Store, Crate and Barrel...a book store.
Yeah, I know...I've got about 250 books in my "to read" boxes--actually, I've read quite a few of them so I've probably only got about 100-125. I think I was feeling so antsy because I'm getting kind of low on reading material.
Before I left Belton I used the last of my "little" cash so I knew I'd either break a big bill, use my card, or just look. I'm fine with just looking--but I will use one of my cards if I find a good deal. I really hate to break a "big" bill. It makes it way too easy to spend the resultant smaller bills. So I felt like the cash I had was pretty safe.
My first stop was Half Price Books in Cedar Park--one of my all-time favorites.
I found bundles of books for $2 that were also on sale (3 bundles for the price of 2). I dug through their bundles--mostly harlequin-style romance novels which are not my favorite genre. I was able to come up with three bundles that had at least two titles each that were somewhat intriguing. Or were written by writers I have read and enjoyed in the past. But I could only find three bundles. And one was kind of iffy--I'd only take it as a freebie. But I faced a delima: there was no way I was breaking a big bill or charging my card for $4. I'd either have to find a couple more expensive books to justify a purchase, or I'd have to leave the bundles behind.
Cheapskate that I am, I went to the clearance rack where the books are $1 each.
Nothing interested me.
Moving on to the sale rack where the books are $2-3 each. Still nada.
Finally, I did something I rarely do--I browsed in the the regular half-price racks--still a great deal--I just usually limit myself to the really good deals. :~)
I'm leaving HPB now--half a day, a new book bag, and nineteen books later.