Every week in 2013, I’ll be sharing a different way you can save $100 this year. If you do all of these things, you’ll be able to save over $5,000 this year alone! Many of these things will likely be things you’re already doing, but hopefully all of you will pick up at least a few new ideas or some inspiration from this series.
As you well know, we’re book lovers around here. But we rarely pay full price for books. In fact, usually when we buy books, we get them for pennies on the dollar — mostly by buying them used.
Here are some of our favorite ways to find great deals on used books:
If you’re planning to purchase a book for yourself on Amazon, always check for the price of buying a used copy versus a new copy. If the book has been out for a few years, chances are that you’ll be able to find a used copy for less than $0.01. All you’ll have to pay is a few dollars for shipping!
Note: Don’t forget to sign up for Swagbucks so you can earn free Amazon gift cards toward more books. You can really stretch the gift cards when you buy used books!
2) Dollar Tree
You never know what you’re going to find at Dollar Tree, but I’ve come across a few really great titles over the years. So I recommend always scanning the bookshelves at Dollar Tree when you’re in there. Paying just $1 for a brand-new book — especially if it’s a title you’ve been hoping to read — can be a great bargain!
3) Barnes & Noble
You can also check Barnes & Noble’s Marketplace for good deals on used books. You can get a copy of many different used books for around $5 shipped — which is typically 50% to 75% off the price of buying new.
Note: Be sure to order through Rakuten (formerly Ebates) so that you’ll get cashback on your purchase!
4) Thrift Stores
I haven’t had as great success at finding really amazing books at thrift stores, but I know many of my friends have. So maybe I’m just going to the wrong stores or at the wrong times?!
I love swapping books through PaperBackSwap. I recommend adding books you want to your wishlist, as this is the way I’ve had the most success in getting copies of books. Sometimes I’ve had to wait a year or two, but it was worth it since it saved so much money!
Note: For more tips on using PaperBackSwap, be sure to read this article.
6) Used Book Sales
The favorite of all us book lovers! Used Book Sales are a goldmine of good deals. But if you want to get the best deals, you need to have a plan of action. This article outlines a lot of great suggestions for maximizing the mileage of your money at used book sales.
Want to Save Even More?
Check out my article on 5 Ways to Get Books for Free. Also, don’t forget that you can download a variety of books for free each week through Amazon.com. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app to your device or PC and read the books for free.
What are your favorite ways to find deals on used books? I’d love to hear!