Welcome to a new A Frugal Chick Series “My Favorite Frugal Things” ! Jana, Christine and I will each tell you things that we consider frugal AND have saved us a ton of money! Laura is posting this week!
I can not wax poetical enough to you about my Kindle Fire . In the 18 or so months I have owned it I am certain I have used it every single day and I love it more than almost anything else I own (except Bella and my Ariat cowboy boots of course).
This series is supposed to be my favorite frugal things- I know it may seem odd to have an item this expensive on the list but trust me when I say this has saved me more than it cost.
Let’s take a quick look at my savings so far:
At current count I have 168 books on my Kindle- only one of which I paid any money for . With a median price of about $5 a book that’s $840 worth of books (and some are worth much more than $5!)!
Additionally whenever I travel I always take a few books with me to read on the plane/in the car etc. They take up a ton of room in my bag and I always seem to run out of book before I run out of travel. This means that in some airport I drop $10 on a paperback from an author I probably don’t know that I never read again. When I travel with my Kindle I have tons of books at my finger tips that take up a tenth of the space. I estimate my Kindle has saved me about $50 in books (not to mention relieving the pressure of dragging all those books around!).
Also since I don’t like to spend the money to buy books very often I tend to check them out at the library. As a result I regularly forget to take them back until they are a few days late. So let’s say I have probably saved $15 in late fees in the last year and a half as well.
Those three simple examples have me up to over $900 that I have potentially saved by spending $119 on a Kindle Fire  (I bought mine refurbished so it was a bit cheaper).
If you have considered getting one I can not encourage you enough to check it out- it’s a great investment!