In our home we are big fans of books! I try to take the kids to the library (we have two near us!) pretty regularly in order to keep new, interesting books around. Then, if we find some library books that we especially love, I write those books down on my list of books-to-buy-eventually. 🙂
But wow, books can be super expensive if you get them new!! 12 to 15 bucks for a picture book? No thanks.
Today I thought I’d share with you my 6 favorite places to buy cheap books!
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My Top 6 Favorite Places to Buy Cheap Books
1. Library sales
Many libraries will have a permanent section (or room) of books that they’re getting rid of. At our county library you can purchase books from this section for something like 50 cents a piece. Sometimes there won’t be anything you want, but it’s worth just taking a quick peak when you get a chance. You can snag some really fantastic deals sometimes. Can’t beat paying 50 cents for a book!
2. Thrift stores
Thrift stores are another place that can be hit or miss. I like to just quickly glance through the book section when I get a chance to go thrifting. Sometimes you can discover some real treasures, and like library sales, they’ll usually be super cheap.
3. Consignment stores
Consignment stores are often priced slightly higher than thrift stores in my experience but their books are generally all in great condition. I found some great picture books at a local consignment store to start our collection back when I was pregnant with Caleb, including the two *adorable* McDuff books below!
4. Small local bookstores
Sadly we don’t have any cute little bookstores near us now, but back when we lived in SC we had an adorable one in our downtown. I loved looking through their kids’ book section and found a lot of books that I’d enjoyed when I was little. Their prices were pretty good – not as cheap as say a thrift store, but definitely better than buying new – and it was fun visiting and supporting a small, local business.
5. Thrift Books
Now days this is definitely one of my absolute favorite ways to buy cheap books! Nothing like the ease of ordering over the internet. 🙂 Thriftbooks.com almost always has the books I’m searching for and their prices are great. I like that you can choose “like-new” books or opt for something a little more used for a lower price. We purchased a “like-new” copy of The Jesus Story Book Bible at Thrift Books for less than half the regular price.
Thrift Books offers free shipping as long as you spend at least 10 bucks. You can also earn 5 dollars off for every 50 that you spend! I’ve always been extremely pleased with the company.
Of course I can’t not mention Amazon!
Amazon almost always has sales on some of their new books if you take the time to look. If you want something even cheaper, check out their used books! I got this entire set of Little House books used on Amazon for super cheap!
So, now it’s your turn! Tell me your favorite place to buy cheap books! What are some favorites that you’ve found for cheap??