Buying Books on a Budget – Part 2

This is part two in my “Buying Books on a Budget” series. You can read part one here.

In the first post, I mentioned Dollar Stores, Thrift Stores, and Libraries, but those aren’t the only places to find books. Here are three more places where you can find books for cheap!


1. Amazon

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Amazon for a few different reasons, but there’s no denying that it’s a good place to buy books. Ebooks are often very cheap, or cheaper than buying a physical copy of a book. Also, in some strange cases, you might be able to find a paperback or hardcover copy for cheaper than the ebook price! This is usually because of sales, so watch out for those. There are some blogs and websites that are dedicated to reporting book sales on amazon, so follow those if you’re interested in finding books for cheap.

Also, if you just browse your favorite genre and organize the search results from low to high, you might find some unexpected gems for very cheap! Prices can change very quickly on Amazon due to sales or dwindling stock, so act fast if you see something you like.

2. Half Price Books

Ahh, Half Price Books! Need I say more? You’re probably already familiar with the shop, but if you’re not, it’s a chain store that sells new and used books (and other media, like music and movies.)

As the name suggests, you can find books on discount. For the cost that you’d pay for a single book elsewhere, you can grab a few books to enjoy. It’s a great way to save money and support a bookstore.

3. Facebook Groups

There are plenty of Facebook groups that focus on either buying/selling or swapping books! A quick search on the site can provide you with some groups to join.  You can make some cash by selling your old books. (Be warned that you’ll probably have to pay shipping.) You could also swap your old books for a fresh, new read. Either way is a great way to clear room on your old shelves and get some new reads. Of course, be wary of scams online!


Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions or other suggestions I should add to this list!

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