As a kid I always loved getting lost in the pages of new books and now that I have four kids that are reading, I love seeing them do the same. One of my girls especially loves reading and she is currently reading a series and devouring the books in just a few days. That means that I am constantly buying new books to keep up with her quick pace and always looking for ways to save on books.
Buying books, however, can get pricey quickly so I have put together some tips and tricks to getting books at more reasonable prices.
Ways to Save on Books
Sign up for Amazon Prime and buy your books online. I find that this helps cut down on impulse buys because I don’t get distracted by strategically placed tables and advertisements. When shopping online I tend to log in, get the book I want and then get out. Don’t forget to use cash back sites like Ebates when shopping online.
If you are purchasing children’s books, sign up for Educents. This is a daily deal site that offers books and educational materials. It is a great way to save money on books but don’t fall into the trap of buying something just because it is a good deal.
Don’t buy new releases–I know,I know it’s so tempting to buy the newest book that everyone is raving about BUT if you want a few weeks or months you will get a better deal since the demand isn’t as high.
If you absolutely must read that new release, then use your local library– Libraries are a great way to find new authors or to pick up books for your kids. If they happen to really like a particular book or author then you can purchase them at a store or online. If they happen to despise a book or an author then it hasn’t cost you anything.
If you prefer to download your books for free then make sure to check out the free books available on Amazon each day. A few times a week I post on my site the free books and it is a great way to try out new authors or genres without any commitment. I also like to download cookbooks, pick out the recipes I want to try, save them on my device or print them out and then delete them from my history.
Shop at yard sales and church flea markets— Many people don’t know what to do with books after they have read them so yard sales and flea markets are a great place to pick up gently used books.
Share with your friends–have friends who have similar interests or who have kids the same age as your kids? Set up a book share and pass along books to them when you are finished.
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