This original version of this post was published on February 20, 2009.
If you've visited here for long, you know that we are a family that loves to read. We could easily spend a great deal of money adding to our collection, but I have found ways for us to enjoy books without breaking the bank.
1) Use the public library. This probably goes without saying, but using the library works well for us. Besides browsing the shelves, I also take advantage of the library's website which allows us to search for and put a hold on books I know they will enjoy reading.
2) Sign up at PaperBackSwap.com. While we do not get rid of many books, there are occasions when we go through our bookshelves and find those that probably won’t be read or referenced again. I list these for free on PaperBackSwap and receive a credit when someone requests one of my books. I can then use those credits to get books for us.
3) Shop used bookstores. We have a used bookstore nearby that has a weekly dollar day. Every book that is $5.00 or less can be purchased for only $1.00 on those days. Since the selection changes frequently, the girls and I have fun browsing around for something new. Often this type of bookstore also allows you to trade-in your own used books and receive store credit.
4) Look around at yard sales and thrift stores. At either of these, you can usually find used or even new books for a very low price.
5) Visit library-sponsored book sales. Our local libraries have large book sales a couple of times a year. Not only can you snag a great deal, but you’re also supporting the libraries you regularly use, which will benefit you in the future.
Hope these tips allow you to find some good books for little money! If you have other resources for getting books inexpensively, please share.