The Best Things in Life are Cheap

Okay, I confess. I am, unabashedly, a cheapskate. BUT I think Iím more than generous to people I adore. Iím just stingy when it comes to things that I consider luxury, things that my 9 to sawa job couldnít afford after paying all those bills. Iím writing this down because I noticed that most of the books I have lying around are from book sales all over. E and I just couldnít resist their calls. You know, buying those books is like adopting unwanted mutts. You just couldnít say no.

Hereís some recent and not so recent purchases:

Love in the Time of Cholera

I’m currently reading this book. I bought it for P200 at a book sale in UP. It’s not that cheap for my standards but it was never used. There’s just a small dog ear on the bottom part of the cover that’s why they gave it away at that price. My friend said it sells for 400 bucks in bookstores.

Letters to a Young Poet

I got this for P50 brand new last December from a National Bookstore warehouse sale. We went nuts over bargain books. We were supposed to see a movie in Shangri-La but ended up hauling bags and bags of books.

Franny and Zoey

Another Book Sale find. I think I got it for P40.

Sphere

Kramer vs. Kramer

Last night, E and I were looking to buy a knife to peel the mangoes we bought. We found a knife worth P15 plus 5 books worth P10 each at a thrift shop near our place. These are two of the ten peso books I picked.

So you see, the best things in life may not come for free but they can come cheap.

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