How to Get the Most Books on the Smallest Budget

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If you knew me personally, you’d know that I am a reasonably thrifty person. Raising a family on one income in the poorest county in Oklahoma is good motivation, but I also just enjoy getting something for a bargain. Especially when it’s something that I don’t exactly need, such as another dozen paperbacks to add to my shelves. In this post, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite places to score cheap books, just in case you need new ways to supply your own addiction.



Goodreads is a great website for booklovers, it’s full of reviews and reading lists, and it allows you to keep track of what you’re reading and share your own opinion. It also has a section for giveaways. Books in every genre, from ARCs to previously published, are offered to Goodreads members every day. Now, it’s not a guaranteed way to get new books, but it doesn’t take long to enter the giveaways, and there’s no better price than free. I’ve won five Goodreads giveaways already, and I’m just as excited every time I get another notification email.

Library Book Sales

If you have a local library in your area, I hope you’re already visiting it regularly. They’re such a great resource, not only for the books and movies you can check out, but also because of the tons of free programs they offer for all ages. And, my favorite perk: book sales! My library has a book sale at least twice a year, and the prices are so cheap, it’s practically a crime. Hardbacks for a dollar, paperbacks for ten cents; I can leave with a whole bag for just a few bucks. And I usually do.


In case you’ve never heard of it, Goodwill is a thrift store with several locations through the US and Canada. If you live anywhere there’s not a Goodwill, I recommend checking out whatever thrift stores you can find, they’re one of my favorite places to shop for books. Prices will vary, but the Goodwills near me sell hardbacks for two dollars and paperbacks for one, and there’s half price sales on certain things every day. They also get new items in all the time, so if you happened to live close to one you could really fill up your shelves.

Book Outlet


I’ve only recently started shopping at Book Outlet, but it’s been a great experience! They offer tons of books, at really good prices, and best of all, there’s a scratch & dent section full of heavily discounted items. Now, these will be damaged, but in my experience it’s very slightly. And because the books are such a good deal, it’s something I’m personally willing to live with.



Guys, I love Thriftbooks. Every book I’ve ordered from them has been in great condition and most of them were under four dollars. They offer new and used, I always go for the used, but only if it’s in very good or like new condition. You’ll get a five dollar coupon every time you spend fifty, and for U.S. customers, shipping is free on orders over ten dollars. If you don’t find a book you want,  you can add it to your wishlist and they’ll send an email when one is in stock. I would honestly order from them every week if I could afford it. Right now, if you buy through the referral link above, you’ll save 15% on your order, so go check them out!

Book Depository


Lastly, I want to mention Book Depository because it’s a really popular site for discounted books, and they offer free worldwide shipping, which is so important when you’re trying to save money online. I haven’t personally ordered from them yet, but they have a massive selection, so it’s worth checking out.

What are your favorite ways to save on books? Let me know in the comments or send me an email through the form on the Contact Me page.





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