If you’re like me and have a lifelong goal of building a library that could rival Belle’s from Beauty and the Beast, then you know how expensive a bookworms book buying habits can be. There’s always new AMAZING books coming out, and with a TBR list that never seems to end…oh boy!
But as I’ve gotten more into buying books over the years, I’ve picked up a few smart habits. Here is how to buy books on a budget so that you can still build your book collection, without breaking the bank.
How to Buy Books on a Budget
look for flash deals
Flash deals are a bookworms best friend. The book(s) that you’ve been dying to buy can go on sale at any given moment. So make a list of all the books you’d like to buy in the future, and keep your eyes peeled to see if you can buy them after they go on sale. I’ve been able to build up a massive part of my own personal book library by using this method.
buy a kindle and use e-books
If the price of most paperback and hardcover books gives you nausea, then consider investing in a kindle! This way you’ll be able to have new books delivered straight to your kindle, and you’ll save money because most ebooks tend to be much cheaper than physical copies. Buying mostly ebooks is also a great option for bookworms who are short on space but don’t want to stop buying and reading new books.
do proper research to ensure you actually won’t be wasting your money buying them
It’s easy to just go out on a limb and buy a book that you THINK you might like. But this isn’t the smartest thing to do with your money or your time. I’ve wasted lots of money buying books that I thought I’d enjoy without knowing much about them, and I ended up hating them. Read reviews, pick up a copy from your local library, and talk to fellow readers to see if the book will be a good investment for you to make.
purchase used books
This is one of the easiest ways for readers to get their hands on good classic books, without paying a fortune. Head down to your local library or thrift store and take a good look at the used books for sale section. Some of the best books I have are used, and cost next to nothing! You might be surprised at what you could find.