How To Be A Bookworm On A Budget

25/02/2016 Discussions, Reading 23

How To Be A Bookworm On A BudgetBeing a bookworm can get pretty pricey, what with all those delicious new releases you just have to rush out and buy, and all those series where you just have to read the next book RIGHT NOW! So here I’ve compiled a few tips on how to be a bookworm on a budget:

  • Go to the library

Back when I was a kid, I was never out of the local library: my Mum would take me after school and I would never leave with less than a good armful of books, and I religiously took part (and completed) the summer reading challenge every year. However, for several years I just stopped going for some reason, perhaps because I was a moody emo teenager and ‘libraries aren’t cool’, or maybe because I racked up a hefty 50p fine I really didn’t want to pay back. It’s only been in the past few months that I’ve rediscovered the library and it has saved me loads of money already. Now when there’s a book I want to read the first thing I do is check the online library catalogue to see if it’s in either my local library or the big one in Liverpool before I even think about trying to buy it.

  • Buy second-hand

Ebay and Amazon are great places to get books at a low price, particularly if it’s an older book. Personally I managed to buy all my books for university very cheaply through Ebay, and I’ve bought cheap copies of everything from the Mistborn trilogy (pretty hefty books which cost a fortune from an actual book shop) to the complete works of Shakespeare on Amazon by clicking through the ‘Used’ link to find listings for second-hand books. You could also check out second hand bookshops and charity shops for bargains!

  • Take advantage of offers

Most bookshops do offers on best selling books: for example both Waterstones and W.H. Smith always have a wide selection of books on ‘buy one, get one half price’ and supermarkets (in the UK at least) like Tesco and Asda commonly have 2 for £7 offers on, although the selection tends to be small. It’s also worth checking out discount bookshops for bargains: I got a copy of The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes from a discount bookshop for only £2, as well as a hardback copy of Half A War by Joe Abercrombie for only £4 (a huge bargain considering how new it was at the time).

  • Borrow from a friend

Whilst this isn’t really an option for me seen as my only real life bookish friend now lives in Canada, if your friends are fellow readers then you could swap and borrow books between you. This would work particularly well if it’s with a friend you know has a similar taste in books to you as you could discover some more books that are right up your street!

  • Sell your old books

One way of getting together some money to buy some shiny new books without dipping into your pay cheque would be to sell your old ones. I have sold the odd book on Ebay, and whilst there isn’t a huge amount of money in it unless your either selling a large volume of books or particularly valuable books it can be worth doing just to get rid of some clutter and make a bit of money whilst you do it.

  • Enter giveaways and request ARCs

If you’re a regular reader of blogs you could enter giveaways for a chance of winning some books, or as a blogger you could request ARCs and get to read new releases even before the release date! However, you should of course only request ARCs if you genuinely intend to read and review them, seen as that’s what they’re for.

So how do you save money on books? Any more tips for how to be a bookworm on a budget?

23 Responses to “How To Be A Bookworm On A Budget”

  1. Danielle Eskdale

    I don’t consider myself a bookworm, although I’d love to be, but this is a fab post!
    I don’t often sell my books as I’m a bit of a collector but I pretty much always buy secondhand! If not, I shop around to get it the cheapest if it’s a title I really want. Actually, I have to say, I’ve also gotten a few fab books (that I’d never heard of before) from places like Asda and Poundland just for a couple quid haha


    • Laura

      It really is surprising how cheaply you can buy books from places like Asda, so it’s definitely worth a look! I do try and shop around for the cheapest price myself, which I usually find is Ebay or Amazon.

  2. Sara@LibraryHuntress

    (I got an error message first time I posted, might be a duplicate post), but I’m a 100% library book reader 🙂 I go to the actual library 1-2 times a week, and then I’m always browsing their online ebook catalog/checking out ebooks for my Kindle.

    • Laura

      I only recently got back into going to the library but I love it! It’s great just to browse, and it costs you absolutely nothing to read whatever you like 🙂

  3. dex

    i have exactly one friend who has a similar taste in books as i do, and it’s SO much fun to share books with her! whenever we go to book festivals or whatever, we like to each buy different books, because we end up sharing them and swapping them anyway, so we get to read everything and save money!

    • Laura

      Sharing and swapping books between you is an awesome idea if you have a friend like that who loves the same books as you! 🙂

  4. Jen Schaper

    Our library has a Friends of the Library program. They have a little bookstore that holds sales once a month or so. They also bring books up onto shelves in the library where you can buy a whole bag for a dollar. I’ve gotten a lot of books through them. Also, our library has an honors program for books that don’t have to be checked out; you’re just on your honor to bring it back.

    • Laura

      That sounds like a really great program! Borrowing from the library is good, but sometimes it’s nice to actually own the book, so if you can buy it cheaply then that’s awesome! 🙂

  5. Simone

    Library is the best place to get books without spending too much money. It is also a safe way to read books because what if you buy a book and you end up hating it?
    For me, the purchase of e-reader was a good choice because e-books can be a lot cheaper and this way I can carry them all with me in my purse and read whenever I want. It is especially helpful with reading for my courses at university.
    But all of your points were good. I especially liked the #2 point because I bought a lot of old books from secondhand bookshops and I love them all the same. 🙂

    • Laura

      Yeah, that’s definitely a good point about the library. I hate when I buy a book and don’t end up liking it because it seems like money wasted.
      I have an ereader myself and the books are definitely cheaper, I’ve just never got into reading ebooks. If I only own the book virtually it never quite feels like I actually own it, so I’d rather pay more for a physical copy. I really wish I didn’t feel like that though, because it would save me so much money!
      Second hand bookshops are one of my favourite options though for cheap books. You never know what you’ll find! 🙂

  6. Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought

    I really wish my local library have a lot of English books! In here, the only English book that they have is popular books (like Harry Potter) and classic book, so don’t hope to borrow new release here xD Fortunately, one of my friend love books as much as I am, so I can always borrow her books. Also, e-book is a pretty good choice too, seeing that it’s cheaper and I could read it immediately 😀

    • Laura

      That sucks that there’s not many English books in your local library! At least you can borrow off your friend though, and ebooks are always a good option for cheaper books 🙂

  7. Cait @ Paper Fury

    These are definitely fabulous tips. ;D I CONCUR! Libraries are my life. I would never be able to afford my bookish appetite without libraries and ARCs XD. Also winning giveaways is awesome, but irregular. hehe. I kind of wish selling books was lucrative thing to do though?! Because it’d really help my book buying habits. *le sigh* But I feel like it’d be more trouble than it’s worth with shipping and all that. SO YEAH. So far libraries are my #1 friends. Especially with Overdrive! I mean, you have like aaaaall these books at your fingertips for your ereader and you don’t even have to leave the house. 😛

    • Laura

      Libraries are my #1 friend too! It’s definitely the best way I’ve found to be a bookworm on a budget 🙂

  8. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I used to LOVE the library, but I don’t go as often as I used to. Of course, right now I have a books that I lost and so my account is closed until I find it (or pay for it). I’m still holding out to see if it turns up because I KNOW it’s in my house somewhere!!!

    • Laura

      I think one of the reasons I stopped going to the library I used to go to when I was a kid was that I was due to pay a hefty fine for a book I had lost…I never did find it though and I’ve moved house since!

  9. Abby K

    Great blog post! The library is definitely a top tip (I just wish my local library was bigger!. Have you tried I used that quite a lot throughout uni for used books, particularly with rarer titles. Also, The Works is pretty good with a broad range of books 🙂 x

    • Laura

      I’m pretty lucky because I live near a reasonable size library, and in the nearest city there’s huge one which I visit pretty regularly.
      I haven’t actually heard of, but I’ll definitely be checking it out, so thanks for the tip! I love The Works though! I got a really good book about photography from there a while back for only a few pounds 🙂

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