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10 Ways to Save Money on Books

By Just Heather |

I am an avid reader. Fiction, non-fiction, chick lit, YA — I devour it all, on a daily basis. I’ve been called a bookworm for as long as I can remember, but I’ve been living frugal for nearly as long!

That means I can’t rush to the store every time one of my favorite author’s releases a new book. Not that I don’t try now & then — Amazon pre-orders kind of rock my world. I try to stick with Swagbucks earned gift cards for that weakness, and hit the library for the rest.

I have to carefully track due dates, so we’re not spending money on late fees, but it’s the perfect solution to my book problem.

I can get a giant stack of books to last me for weeks, and it doesn’t cost me a thing! Be sure to utilize your library’s hold system to put your name on the waiting list for popular titles. Ours even has a procedure for putting your name on the waitlist for books that aren’t out yet! List your favorite authors to be automatically added to the list when new titles are released.

Here are a few more ways to save on books:

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10 Ways to Save Money on Books


Of course, your local library is the first place you think of when you want to read, without spending money on books. Watch for special fundraising or shelf-clearing sales where you can purchase books of your own at discount prices.
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While we’re on the subject of books — what’s on your bookshelf this week? I’m always looking for new material!

Looking for books for your kids? Check out Babble’s Top 100 Kids Books!

About Just Heather


Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “10 Ways to Save Money on Books

  1. megg says:

    One of my favorite and inexpensive book sites to go to is betterworldbooks

  2. Jane Roper says:

    All of these ways to save on books are great, and I use many of them myself. But I hope readers will also, at least some of the time 1.) Support their local, independent bookstore, even though they may pay a bit more than they would on Amazon or cut-rate stores. This keeps money in your community. And the people who run these stores are passionate about books and reading — they can make great recommendations. 2.) Remember that with the exception of best-selling authors, the grand majority of authors make only small amounts of money on their books, and every sale counts. By all means go cheap on the latest Danielle Steele or Jodi Picoult. But for lesser-known authors — especially those with whom you have a personal connection (you read their blog, for instance! Hint, hint) — consider buying new instead of borrowing.

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