The following is a guest post from Stacy.
I am a lover of books…a complete and total bookworm. My mom says I’ve always been that way.
These days my list of books is aimed more toward Dr. Sears and Christian parenting books than my former life of Christian fiction…but that’s a moot point. I also used to listen to more “adult” music and now I find myself humming Veggie Tales all day long.
But a book habit can be an expensive habit. And my life is about bucking the expensive things in life. It’s pretty easy to feed your bookworm self…and do it cheaply. And today I’m going to give you five easy ways to save on books.
1. Use the library. For the most part, the library is free. I’ve heard from several readers that their library actually charges. If mine started charging, I’d probably fall down in the floor and go into convulsions. For my entire life, all the libraries around here have been free. Free is good. But even if your library charges a fee, it’s likely cheaper than buying the book yourself.
I usually like to “test” a book at the library before I consider buying it. If I check a book out and enjoy it, then I might decide to add it to my collection. If I check it out and it’s stinky, then I’m sure glad I didn’t buy it.
2. Use half.com. Half.com is an eBay owned website. When I was in college, I always used half.com for my textbooks…when I could. Sometimes the textbooks just aren’t on there.
I’ve found that half.com is also cheaper than eBay on most books. You are just buying a used book from another seller. You get to choose the condition and the shipping is usually pretty low since it’s mailed via Media Mail.
3. Buy used from Amazon. Almost all books at Amazon offer a “used” option. A couple lines down, under “Want it delivered…” you’ll see options for used books. Just like half.com, you’re also buying these used books from another seller – not directly from Amazon.
4. Join a book swap. There are several different book swap sites on the internet. The gist of the program is that you sign up, sometimes for a fee, sometimes not, and then you list your books. Someone can request those books for free and then you mail them out. In return, you get to choose new books for free. Your cost is in shipping only – and perhaps a fee.
One such book swap I’ve heard about is Paperback Swap. It’s something to consider if you do a lot of reading.
5. Buy books at yard sales. This is my favorite way to get books, but it’s not the best way if you’re looking for something specific. To buy books at yard sales, you have to just be looking for a category and not something specific.
How do YOU save money on books?
Stacy is a stay-at-home mom to her first child, Annie (2) and she is pregnant with her second. After an “awakening” in March, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Living totally debt free, she and her husband share their passion by teaching others how to save money. At Stacy Makes Cents, you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Make sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with her daily antics.