If you’re anything like me, you have to have a paper copy of all other the books you read. Unfortunately, that can be expensive. So here are some tips to feed your book addiction without breaking the bank.
Go to the library! I know this one may seem obvious, but I forget that I have a free place with hundreds of books all the time. Of course, set a reminder so you turn the books in on time, or it can end up being pretty costly.
Trade books with friends. I know it’s scary and you feel like you’ll never see the book again. But if you have a trustworthy friend and they give you a book in return, it will work as leverage to get it back.
Sell your old books. I know it’s hard to part with your babies, but pets be real, you’re not going to read half of them ever again. Sell those books so you have money to buy new ones you will read.
Try not to keep more that 5 unfinished books in your personal collection. I know I have to have all the latest books, but if I buy too many at once, I’ll never get around to reading half of them. So give yourself an unread limit. Mine is 5.
Go to a used book store. Not only are these books way cheaper, but you can bring in old books to get credits towards new ones depending on the place. This has saved me so much money, so give it a try.
Take advantage of books at Walmart and Target. I often find the same books are cheaper there than they are if you buy them at Barnes and Noble. So save a couple bucks and get the copy from Target.
Buy books online. You can often find used books on Amazon for a fraction of the original price. And there is a feature to see how used to book is if you can’t stand well worn books.
Open a Barnes and Noble account. It may cost a little but in the beginning, but you frequently get discounts, making the money spent well worth it.
Set up a book trade at your school. In my middle school, we had a day where everyone brought in books and they could swap them out book for book. Try and see if your school would be willing to do this. It’s loads of fun to see what everyone else has read!
Hopefully these tips help you feed your book addiction without costing you and arm and a leg. Because books are a great escape from reality until you see the effects they can have on your bank account. So try to remember to use some of these tips to continue reading guilt free.