All book lovers know that of all the joys in life, buying a new book settles somewhere at the top of the list, but we also know how expensive the habit can be, especially for those of you who are like me who need to buy books—several, in fact—almost weekly. So whenever we come across a bargain, we’re most grateful. Here’s a list of the top five places I like to buy books on a budget:
5. Barnes & Noble typically have books listed at regular price, which is fine when you can’t wait to get your hands on that new release asap (present kindle users excluded), but what’s so awesome about this legendary bookstore is that you can usually find a good sale, such as 50% off best sellers, five or ten dollar hardbacks, plus other benefits for members that will usually result in discount.
4. Thriftbooks.com has become one of my favorite places to order books online. Their books are in great condition—some new—and come at a discounted price. At one point, I was so enthralled with this website that I had shipments being delivered to my house every week for two months. It’s easy to do when you’re buying books at $3.00 and $4.00 each.
3. Your local used book store is always a great place to buy books, especially since they seem to be disappearing more and more as the years go by. I get it, kindle is so much more convenient (and we’ve become a generation of convenience), but you can’t argue how good it feels to hold a book in your hand. Printed books still matter. Support your local book store.
2. Yard sales are sometimes a hit or miss but when it’s a hit, you can score in a big way. I’ve bought boxes of books with spare change at some of my neighborhood yard sales. You know what they say, “One person’s trash, is another person’s treasure.” Hit those yard sales!
1. Goodwill is a used book buyer’s heaven! Their shelves are stocked with all genres of books that crazy, ahem, generous people—much to my good fortune—have donated to their stores. Whenever I visit Goodwill, I always return with large loads of books that I can’t wait to add to my library.
So, there you have it. If there are any places where you like to buy books that I may have missed, please do tell. As I have stated before, I’m always in search of my next great read(s). Happy reading!