I previously shared with you 10 ways to save money on books, and after it had posted I was still thinking of more ways to save money on books, and today’s the day for me to share. I thought it was appropriate as we’ve just had some new books come into our house, and so we’re also going through and finding books that we can pass along to others who may give them another life.
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10 More Ways To Save Money On Books
1) Community centres may have shelves where they have books to purchase for some pocket change. The money raised usually goes into a specific fund, so you’re helping the community at the same time as saving money.
2) Our local Doctor’s Office has a table in the waiting room where patients can donate their used books and then they are sold for £1 with the money being donated to a local charity. This table raises over £1000/year, and many people go home with better health and a healthier wallet as well.
3) If you’re a member of a homeschool co-op you may be able to exchange or buy/sell books and resources between members.
4) Check your local library and see if they sell their books to the public. Some libraries may have a shelf, table or box available at all times to browse through. Others may have a big area-wide sale in a central location once a year. My mom always finds great buys at these sales.
5) Book stores are another place to look. They may sell off their own stock that is a little out of date or slightly damaged. The university bookstore I used to work at would also have a big publisher’s sale once a year. The publisher would send a pallet or two of books to be sold at unbeatable prices. They were books in usable condition, but perhaps the print wasn’t centred on the page, the covers had been put on upside down or such. We never knew which books would show up and there was always a variety of books for every age group and taste.
6) Ebay and Amazon sell inexpensive new and used books. And if you have Prime, you’ll save on the postage. Check out Amazon for their free ebooks. They change on a daily basis, you so’ll never know when something great will come along. I’ve downloaded hundreds of Kindle books for the kids for free!
7) Don’t forget about garage sales/boot sales! You might find something you didn’t even know you needed. But be sure to set a budget and stick to it, and don’t be distracted by all of the other items on sale.
8) Let everyone know you’re looking for used books! Let your friends and family know you’re open to hand-me-downs. Often they’ll be happy to pass on books rather than go through the trouble of finding them a good home or putting the in the trash.
9) Become a book seller! I have friends who have sold Barefoot Books and Usborne Books, get your own books at a discount and make a commission on the sales that you make (to buy more books, of course).
10) Save up the points on your store and credit cards and put the proceeds toward purchasing those books that are just too expensive to buy otherwise. Treating yourself to a perfect book is a perfect gift!
So now you have a total of 20 ways to save money on books! What is your favourite way to save money on books? Share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear them!