Being a Fangirl is expensive. PERIOD! I cannot tell you how many times I’ve gone to a book store with the intention to buy only one book and left with 4 or five books in my hand . Its not until I get home that I remember I have bills to pay and shit like that. Its not that I regret my book binge, it just means my phone bill wont get paid till the following pay day and may or may not be turned off temporarily.
I’ve been more conscious when buying books and have gotten pretty darn good at bargain shopping.
So here are a few tips on how to save money when buying books.
Used book stores
Used book stores are magical! Seriously. I know they are hard to find but once you find one near you it becomes your new favorite place. There is a used book store near my house. Only a few blocks up and all the books are Half off the regular priced books. I bought a Really gorgeous hard cover copy of The Lost Hero for only $5!
& inside was this really awesome patch just hanging out between the pages.
Here is another mini haul $5 each.
My favorite thing about my local used book store is the massive “Fire Sale”. They hold this sale every major holiday. The hardcover books are priced at $2 and the paper backs are $1. The Young Adult and Children books are $1 for hardcover and 50 cents for Paperback. WHAT A DEAL RIGHT? There is also a sale section with books priced at 50 cents-25 cents. &&&&.. on top of the cheap sticker price… the first 100 people in line get $5 off their purchase and they receive a pretty awesome tote bag. You know I want that Tote bag… & the $5 off is quite nice too.
Here is a few book hauls from the sales.
The bottom ones are from the library.
I paid $6 for these books
$5!!!! Guys.. $5 for all these books. I even bought some for my nephews.
& here is my most recent Haul from Labor day. I paid a total of $14.50.
These are just some examples of the things you can find at your local used book store. Its really all hit or miss. Sometimes they have really great books for cheap and sometimes there is nothing. Also.. if you are really particular about the condition of the books this may not be the best place since most books are used.
My local library has 2 racks full of books they sell. Of course they are not always in great condition but they are very cheap. Again this is a hit or miss but it never hurts to look through them right? Especially if you’re already visiting.
I found this copy of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for only $1.
I went to a Book Swap hosted at the Pasadena Library and came home with this haul.
Basically people bring their books & lay them out on the table & then its like the Cornucopia in THG & you just grab what you want lol ;) very dangerous. BUT A LOT OF FUN! & its FREE!!! See if your local Library does something similar.. if not maybe suggest it or get a few book nerds together and host your own.
Here is another look at the very dangerous Book Swap.
This is probably the best option for you picky book owners. Because you can find new books in great condition for really cheap. Online shopping is DANGEROUS!!!!Don’t even get me started on Ebay. Especially from private sellers. Because I have found complete sets of series for very very cheap. Walmart, Target, B&N all have a private sellers sections…I found a paper back series of Narnia for $2!!!! and the shipping was only like $3. You cannot go wrong with that.. Again these books are not always in great condition but just read the description before you check out. Most of the time if you buy a certain amount of books from one seller you get free shipping.
Also.. AMAZON PRIME IS MAGICAL! I think we can all agree that Amazon is already really REALLY cheap.. but when you get Amazon Prime.. you automatically get free 2 day shipping.. DUDES THE BOOK COMES TO YOU IN 2 DAYS! And if you are a college student you get 50% off. You just need to register with your college email.
Thrift Stores/Yard Sales/Flea Markets Oh My?
Another hit or miss but you know what they say “One mans trash is another mans treasure.” or some shit like that. ahahaha I really enjoy going thrift shopping anyway so going through a book pile is so much fun for me.. I’ve found some really cool books for only 10 cents each. BARGAIN!! Yard sales are a lot of fun but you do have to wake up quite early… whats that one saying… “early bird gets the worm.” yea that one. 6AM early. There is an app called Yard Sale Treasure Map that is synced with Craigs list and finds local Yard/Garage/Estate sales near you and in the description it tells you what they have available that way you do not waste your time. It also maps out your route. Speaking of Craigs list…. Its full of BOOKS!!!
I found an Insurgent book Listed for $5!
When all else fails.. GOOGLE!!! GOOGLE is my best friend.. I have no idea what I would do without GOOGLE… GOOGLE doesn’t judge you. Its beautiful… So… just GOOGLE.
If you have any other tips on bargain hunting for books please leave your suggestions in the comments below!!!