How to Save Money on Books

Posted July 10, 2020 by in Lifestyle
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If you’re a bookworm, you probably spend a lot on books each year. While there are certainly worse things to spend your money on, if you’re trying to budget or put away some savings, your fiction (or non-fiction) addiction could be hindering your efforts! You might be thinking, but how can I possibly stop buying books? The thought is unthinkable!

Don’t worry – you can still invest in beloved authors and discover new stories, but here are a few ways you can try and save some money as you add to your library’s collection:

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Charity and Second-Hand Stores

A great way to save some money is by visiting charity stores, and the best part of it is that you’re helping to support a good cause! Among the trinkets and items of clothing, you’re sure to find a selection of books that have been donated, too.

Some charity shops receive so many book donations that they have separate stores just for that. Second-hand stores will also sell books at reduced prices; often, these stores are filled with character, making them a pleasant place to spend some time having a browse. 

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Subscription Service

If you don’t think you can control yourself when roaming the bookstores, perhaps an alternative shopping method is needed. There are loads of subscription services that will deliver a book box right to your door for a fixed price each month.

You can tell them what genres or authors you like and they will curate a box for you based on your preferences. It’s a great way to discover new titles and authors, as well as being wonderfully convenient and easy to fit into your monthly budget. 

Book Swap

Instead of buying new books every time you finish one, why not swap them? Ask your other bookworm friends if they’d be interested in exchanging a book that they have already read for one of yours. You can always return them to one another when you’re both finished reading.

Or why not visit a pop-up library? They can be found in public places, often at train stations or similar spots, and are designed for people to swap a book they have already read for a new one, leaving them behind for perfect strangers to enjoy.

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Gift Cards

If you’re already an avid reader, it’s likely that friends and family already give you book-based gifts. If not, the next time you have a birthday or celebration that usually involves the exchanging of gifts, ask for gift cards/vouchers for your favorite bookstores.

You can save them up for a shopping spree later in the year or treat yourself to a new title immediately. 

Find Sales/Deals

Another way to save money on any kind of shopping is by hunting down stores that have sales or great promotional deals. You’re likely to find a few bookstores that are having a two-for-one promotion or something similar at any one time. Some even have these promotions running all year long. It’s a great way to save money and buy a small stack of books at the same time. 

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Getting lost in literature is an amazing experience and reading can teach you so much about the world. To keep your book addiction satisfied and save money, use some or all of these tips. 

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