On Saturday I left the kids with daddy to go grocery shopping and run some other errands for the family. I decided to take some mommy time and stop at a local thrift store. I enjoy browsing thrift and antique stores in search of “treasures” as my nephew puts it. I found several books at the local thrift shop all for $10.35. One of them “A Teacher’s Heart” looks brand new and will probably go to a teacher for Valentines Day.
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I like to buy my books used at thrift stores, garage sales, secondhand bookstores or on clearance. I buy the books cheaply saving money for my splurges, because I read the books quickly and get rid of them in most cases. I know the library would be cheaper (considering I don’t take them back late and accumulate late fees), but I am really hard on books. I carry them around with me everywhere. I often throw one in my purse when we go out just in case. I also bend the corners down…I know eek. I leave my books throughout the house and the kids often get them. If I used bookmarks my page would be lost for sure. My husband and I both have grandmothers in their 90s who do not drive or get out much. They both enjoy reading so if the book is something I think they will like, I stick it in the mail for them.
I also stopped at Books A Million on Saturday in search of a cookbook and had a nice surprise…their clearance books were buy 2 get 1 free. I found 3 books I liked for $3.97 each and since 1 was free I paid only $2.67 per book…score! The books were released 2-3 years ago, but I only recently started carving out time to read again, so I am a little behind.
Occasionally I do purchase a book new shortly after its release, but try to find the book at Sam’s Club where it is often marked 37% off the MSRP. I found a new paperback book by Debbie Macomber: “Together Again” at Sam’s Club and snatched it up for $4.98. It is an author that I like and both our grandmothers enjoy reading Debbie Macomber books, so it will make the rounds.
HOW YOU CAN SAVE MONEY ON BOOKS
Shop thrift stores
Get a library membership
Shop at used bookstores
Share books with family & friends
Avoid new releases
Shop online sites like Ebay or Amazon for used books
Check for used book sales at your local library
Purchase ebooks (I still prefer the real thing)