We have all faced the bright pain of realizing we cannot afford all of the comics we would like to read. It is a pain akin to losing a child. Of course I am being ridiculous but the point is made. When we can no longer buy all the books we want we are left with few options. I am currently in this position and here are some ideas I came up with for both myself and anyone else in a similar position.
1.) Cutting Back: When we can no longer afford to buy everything we want to read the first thing to think about is cutting back. I have already had to do this a couple of times. I used to spend $50 or more a week on comic books. I now average about $30 but budget restraints have forced me to reconsider again.
2.) Waiting for Trades: Waiting for the trade paperbacks to be released can be a good idea but it is not always. A trade for marvel books usually covers an arc of 5-6 comics and runs anywhere from $15 to $25. This is not always a great choice but it may help some people. I don't like this idea only because I like to be current week to week.
3.) Wait for Sales: Waiting for comics to go on sale is a good idea for people who do not care about being up to date. Many comic book stores will run specials or discount backstock at a certain point and that can be a good way to pick up many books quickly.
4.) Buy Digital Codes on eBay: I have come across people who will sell digital comic codes on ebay for a couple of dollars. This would save someone about 50%. However, this option is not great for everyone because as of right now only Marvel Comics come with digital codes I believe. This is also problematic for those who prefer paper books for both investment and readability purposes.
I hope some of this advice has helped. I will be cutting back for myself but hopefully I can pick some more stuff back up in the future if circumstances change. My future posts in the Buy List will reflect the changes and I will try to keep you all updated on what I am dropping. Thanks everyone and #StayNerdy!