Tips for a Frugal Bookworm

Love to read? Have you noticed the price printed on books these days? Yikes! Here are some tips to get great books for less.

Tips for a frugal bookworm.


  • the library: The first thing to do if you are looking for books is go to your local library. Even if they don't have what you want, you can usually request it and they will notify you when it becomes available.

  • garage sales, yard sales, and rummage sales: By far the cheapest place to buy used books. You never know what you will find, but I always seem to find great stuff. Including popular titles, recipe books, thrifty books, and do it yourself books.

  • used book stores: If there is a specific book I am looking for, a large bookstore like Half Price Books or a local equivalent usually does the trick. You can also bring in your old books and get credit towards a purchase. Some book stores offer more credit than others so be sure to call ahead and make sure it's worth it to bring your books in.

  • book clubs: This is not a bad way to get new releases, especially if you tend to read the best sellers. Read the fine print, though. Shipping and handling charges can be surprisingly high with some of these services.

  • books online: There are a lot of great sources for inexpensive books online. All major book stores have bargain book sections. Also, eBay is a good source for books, but always be sure to factor in the shipping charges that the seller has.

Start a book exchange: Do you have friends or family with similar book interests? Start trading books with them. You can also set a aside a day to discuss the books you are reading and make it a fun, social event. It can be a lot of fun.

December 12, 20000 found this helpful

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An excellent source for keeping up with all your favorite authors' series is They have lots and lots of information on all kinds and types of fiction books. Check it out!


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There is a wonderful place on the internet at where you can get books almost for free. It is really a sort of book exchange. I will try to explain or you can go to the site and they will explain it.

This is strictly paperbacks. If you have any that you no longer want, you can list them with the bookcart. If someone requests your book, you will be notified where to mail it. The bookcart gives you $1.38 credit to pay for the postage. You receive nothing for the book, most books will cost you $1.13 to mail bookrate. If you find a book that you want and order it, you are charged $1.98. This includes $1.38 for the person shipping the book to you, and the bookcart keeps the rest for expenses of maintaining the site. If you deposit $10.00 in advance, you are only charged $1.78 per book.

There are other rules, etc. Just go to the link and check it out. I am a member, and have sent books and received books. I recently found an older copy of a book that was part of a trilogy. I am very pleased with this site. And they are friendly, too.


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February 27, 20010 found this helpful


Good source of books onlines is .the readers can buy books and sell there own for a very small fee. You list the books and get a e-mail when you have a request you then ship the book and are credit for the mailing. The books are FREE you pay only $1.60 for the postage.

I have used them for a year and the service is great and you can't better the condition of the books or the price. Well worth checking out. - Sharon

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April 17, 20110 found this helpful

If you are in to Ebooks, Amazon's kindle for the PC is free and you can down load quite a few titles for free.

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January 19, 20150 found this helpful

I like to buy used books through They have many for $0.99 and $3.99 shipping.

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January 19, 20150 found this helpful

My husband has found lots of good hardback books at the Dollar Store for you guessed it... a dollar.

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