5 Ways to Get Books on a Budget

If you’re anything like me, you’ll sacrifice good food and “necessities” to purchase books. I’m here to tell you that you can have both! 

Here are some of my favorite ways to get books without crying at my checking account balance.

1. The Library

There are a couple ways to borrow books from the library. The first is the most obvious, go to the library, peruse the shelves, and come home with an arm full of books. If you’re like me and your work schedule and library’s hours don’t mix, using an app like OverDrive or Libby makes visiting the library easy. With both apps available on iOS and Android, you can have access to your library’s eBooks and audiobooks everywhere you go. 

2. ThriftBooks

ThriftBooks is a website, with an app, that gives you access to deeply discounted books. In addition to a wide selection of cheap books, they donate millions of books to help improve literacy and donate to libraries to offer more free books in communities so that you can feel great about ordering a box full of books while staring at your TBR shelf. 

3. Book Outlet

Book Outlet is pretty similar to ThriftBooks. Often find myself searching both for books I’m looking to acquire. 

4. Audible Daily Deals

Audible has a number of options for their monthly plans, but one of the hidden gems of having an Audible account is their daily deal e-mails. Every day an audiobook goes on sale and are usually from $1.99 to $4.99. Although the price may vary, there’s usually one or two books a week I find myself wanting to purchase. What I love most about this is that it’s newer books, backlist titles, and they can be from any genre. 

5. Book of the Month (BOTM)

BOTM is one of my favorite ways to get books when I’m looking forward to a new release! This is a membership service similar to Audible and they give you the option to skip a month when you need to. I love BOTM because they give five unique options for you to choose from every month. They offer a great mix of genres so there’s something for everyone. 

These are some of my favorite ways to purchase books, let me know if you have some favorites that aren’t listed here in the comments below. 

Happy Reading! 

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