Cutting Music Spending: Remember The Used Book/CD Store

These days, everyone is looking for ways to figure out how to cut back spending, while trying not to interfere too much with their “normal” lives. I love buying music.  It is my spending habit flaw.  And, like the rest of the world, I have had to cutback.

On my way to the grocery store today, I decided to make a brief pit stop at my local Half-Price Books.  When I entered, I went straight for the used CD collection that was in stock. Now here is the thing, I have a decent collection of cassettes from back in the day.  Some might be considered “collectors items,” but then again, does anyone still listen to cassettes?   My wife and I have discussed spending some money, slowly, upgrading my cassettes to CDs.

For $5.98 each, I purchased Megadeth‘s Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? and Ozzy‘s Diary of a Madman; two classic must-have albums for every metalhead.  Instead of purchasing a brand new copy, I managed to buy two used albums for the price of one new one.  A brand new copy on Amazon.com is currently priced at $13.99 plus shipping.  I saved myself a decent amount of cash considering.

Shopping at my local used book/cd shop reminded me that sometimes it is ok to settle for used.  After all, if what you purchase is damaged, you can always return it. Frankly, both albums are in great shape.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you won’t find what you are looking for at your used shop, but you never know either.

So, if you love spending money on music like I do, but need to cut back, you may just consider checking out your used Bookstore/CD shop.  Luckily, mine is right down the street from me.

Oh, the damage to my wallet I could do…

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