Comics on a Budget: Building the Foundation

Posted August 28, 2013 by Topher Bostick in Nerdy Bits

We all love comics. Chances are, if you are reading this, then you love comics too. But being a comic geek has it’s ups and downs. Sure it’s great to be that person that everyone goes to for all their comic questions after watching Iron Man 3 or Man of Steel. People love the movies and naturally want to know more. At this point it is a great opportunity for you to reveal your thoughts on what’s to come and to enlighten your friends on what has happened in the books.

Oh what great power this is. But this power comes with a price. And that price is reading several comics at $2.99 to $4.99 and up each and every week. If you are like most comic book readers, you probably have a several you are reading and could walk away each with with around 10 books.

Now if you are like me, you probably can’t afford to spend that much money on comics each week. Simply, being a comic geek can be very expensive and is a lot of the time the reason people stop reading them. So what do you do? Give it up?

With the economy the way it is and bills nee

ding to be paid, cutting your weekly comic stack can be a tricky and stressful process.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Each week I will post a tip that I have or am trying in my own comic buying adventures.

In order to budget your comic book intake, you need a strong foundation in which to build on. So after looking at my income and then my bills, followed by my need for food and fun, I’ve given myself a strict $100 a month allowance for comics. That’s $25 a week max. You can adjust this amount to as little or as much as your budget allows.

The key here is to set an amount and stick to it. No excuses!

Does this mean that I can only spend $25 a week or that I must spend $25 a week. This is simply a starting point. If one week I only spend $10, then that puts $15 back into my budget to be used later that month. If one week I spend $35 then I need keep in mind that $10 needs to pulled from either the next week or $5 over the next two. You get the point.

The budget is flexible, but still very strict. $100 a month no more. But if I find that I only Spend $85 in August, September just got even more flexible or I could start saving for a trade I want.

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Topher Bostick