Buying books can cost a pretty penny if you’re not a savvy shopper. Book Lover Alexzandria C. Hill helps you stack up on your favorite books for the low.
Reading is my secret “staycation” when I need to find peace of mind. On my morning commute, you can find me listening to an audiobook. At lunch, you might spot me curled up in my car— face buried in pages. In the evening, all it takes is a good cocktail and book to melt away the trials of the day.
If this sounds like you too, you are a book lover. Like me, you know designated reading time is essential to your sanity. I would also assume that you go through books quickly, which means – you have to buy books often. Buying new books can get pricey if you’re not a savvy shopper. Since I sympathize with you as my a fellow book lover, I have compiled 4 simple ways to buy your favorite books for less. Try these few tips and you will be able to build your library, save your coins and increase your happiness in no time!
Stop by a Thrift Store
The bookshelves in the back of thrift stores are STOCKED with hidden gems! Most times, you can get a New York Times’ Best Seller for less than $3. On any given day, I can George Jefferson strut out of the store with at least 15 books for less than $20. The best way to take advantage of book thrifting is to take-your-time. The bookshelves at thrift stores aren’t separated by genres like bookstores or libraries. So make sure browse through the book as to not miss anything. Fun tip: If you like to surprising people with gifts, sometimes thrift stores will have multiple copies of a book. Buy 2 or 3 of them and keep them handy for quick quirky gifts. Afterall, sharing is caring.
Visit A Local Book Store
I don’t know about you, but I looove the scent of a small local book store. It smells like knowledge, history and juicy stories. Often times, smaller bookstores and places like Half-Priced Books will have cool deals and/or events that allow you to book binge for the low. Another upside to shopping local is the ability to build rapport with the employees there. Once they pinpoint your favorite genre, they can contact you personally when a specific book comes in, an author stops by or even keep you in the know about their upcoming events. Plus, you’ll run across unique finds you probably wouldn’t have thought about had you stayed inside browsing Amazon.
Hit Up a Book Fair
Keep tabs of when your local library, community college and/or 4-year college or university is having a book fair. Depending on the size of your local establishment, these events can be pretty promising for the average book lover. You’ll find books from Free 99 to $1 everywhere. It’s also an awesome way to connect with other bookworms like yourself. Don’t forget to go early. Check the library or school calendar to see when the events are taking place. The people who attend these events typically swarm the book fair before dawn to snatch the good books. So be there, or be square.
Get a Library Card
Let’s not forget, you can check out books (physical, audio and ebooks) FOR FREE at the library! Everyone sleeps on libraries once they become an adult. Libraries are still a fantastic resource for learning. Outside of merely providing free books, they also have workshops, tutoring, and author talks throughout the year. If you breeze through books, but your book budget is small, this is your best bet. Also, if you’re on the fence about a certain book, checking it out BEFORE you buy it can save you time and sorrow.
If you have any more ideas, send me a message and let us know what you do to save on your books.
Want Alexzandria’s tips for saving on ebooks and audiboooks?
Check out her full feature in Issue 9 of Forty Magazine.