I am a book buying addict. The first step is admitting you have a problem right?
So I want to share with you some tips for buying books on the cheap to help make your book buying habits a little easier on the bank account.
1. Amazon Prime
Ok, so there are a lot of pros to having Amazon Prime. Yes, it’s $99/year which is $8.25/month so it’s not worth it unless you use all its perks (amazon prime videos, 2 day shipping). The primary account holder also has access to “borrow” certain books. But there’s a way I’ve been buying a lot of kindle books for free. When you purchase something there’s an option to choose “No-rush delivery” and they will give you $1 credit towards an e-book/music download. We’re buying stuff on there all the time, so whenever I spot a book on my wishlist that’s on sale for $3 or less, I’ve usually got a few credits saved up and I get the book for free! Cha-ching!
Curse you bookoutlet.com! I have a love/hate relationship with them. Their books are so cheap and have a bunch of recent releases. A lot of them are scratch/dent copies, but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed any crazy imperfections on them (things like a small cover crease), but a lot are just overstock. The downside is that shipping is about $5 (and SUPER slow, I mean they’re one state over from me, how does it take so long?!), so you have to make it worth it and buy a bunch when you make an order. But they’re always having awesome sales that lure me in, like $5 off your order which helps with that shipping charge. It’s always satisfying to spend $15 and get about 7 books.
If you’re ok with used books, I recently shared this one on Samantha Lately. They’re used copies, so it’s not as shiny as new books, but the only cost is how much you spend on shipping books to other people, so a few bucks for a used book is pretty typical.
4. Barnes & Noble Membership
So I’m possibly cutting this one out when my renewal comes up, but it does save you same money on books. You always get 10% off your purchase in store. It’s not much, but it’s pretty good when you pair it with a coupon that they send out every few weeks. The biggest savings with it is when you buy online. You don’t get the 10% off, but you get free shipping. So when they send you a coupon, if you pair it with a book already on sale online and then get the free shipping it’s not too bad. But, with the membership being $25, you still have to buy a lot of books to make that back, which I have done because I’ve been tracking my B&N purchases. BUT I think that if I don’t have the membership I won’t be so tempted to buy as much. But I do like supporting an actual book store.
5. Used Book Stores
There’s a decent book store by me that has used books for a certain percentage of their original list price, and they give you even more off if you trade in books. The only downside about this one is that it’s 75% romance books so there’s not too much there if that’s not your thing. But it’s still fun to browse through the random collection.
So there are my 5 tips for buying cheap books. Anyone else have any good tips?Read More