Save Money on Books - Avoid Buying Books and Save Money

Save Money on Books

In today’s economically stressed world, people are looking for more ways to save some money. Eating even at a moderately priced restaurant can prove to be too expensive for an average family. Apart from that, restaurant food is not healthy too, as they have more fats and salts than home-cooked foods. A multitude of office-goers prefer to have their lunch in the canteen, because they do not have time to cook food in the morning. But it would be better if you could get up a little early or make the basic preparations in the night so that cooking lunch in the morning does not consume much of your time. Let us discuss about how cooking food at home can help in saving money.

Purchase Used Books


Consider buying a used book instead of a new one. You can purchase used books at half the price, or even less than the brand new books. There must be used book stores in your city where you can find a great collection of classic books that you will enjoy reading. There are also thrift stores where you can even find rare and valuable old books at a fraction of the price. When it comes to text books of schools and colleges, you can contact your seniors and buy used books from them. If there are some changes in the syllabus, then you can photocopy that portion from the new book that some of your classmates must have purchased.

Borrow Books

Most of the people read a book only once, especially if it is for leisure or entertainment purpose only. If your friend has a book that you want to read, then you can ask him or her to lend it for a few days. You can return it to your friend after reading. If you have some books, you can offer them to your friend to read and return. This way, both of you will save money on purchasing them.

How to Read Great Books Online for Free

Use Libraries in Your City


A library exists in almost all places of the world, as it is considered important to have a literate and educated population. There can be private as well as public libraries. Public libraries are open for general public and anybody can borrow a book from there, after attaining membership of the library. Private libraries are usually private properties of individuals who are open only for a limited number of people or a particular group. Commonly, you have to pay an annual or monthly fee to these libraries as a membership fee, which is nominal as compared to the cost of the books you are going to borrow throughout the year or month. But you are given the book only for a limited number of days and you have to return it within that. Otherwise, a penalty may be levied upon you.

Read Online Books

After 70 years of publication, a majority of books become free of copyright and they may be available to be read freely for the public. Check the Internet for old books and you may find an online version of your favorite book. You may either choose to read it online or save it on your laptop to read it wherever you go. You can also print it out which will prove to be much cheaper than the real cost of the book. Amazon has also introduced a Kindle book lending program which works on different phones like Blackberry, iPhone and Android, and even on computers like iPad, Mac and PC.

By following these steps, you can save money on purchasing books, and still enjoy reading to its ultimate extent.

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nell79 5 years ago from United States

Saving money is always a good thing! Some good tips on saving money on books. I wrote a similar article, but you do have some info here I didn't get into with the e-book avenue. :)


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HubbyHubberton 5 years ago

I have a huge used book store near my house and I go there at least once a week. Can't beat the savings. Great hub!


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Kevin Peter 5 years ago from Global Citizen Author

@nell79 - You done a great work in HP.

@HubbyHubberton - Try Amazon used store


Jeff_McRitchie 5 years ago

Books have gotten really expensive. It's great that there are ways that bookworms can indulge in their hobby without breaking the bank.


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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Hi Jeff,

Ya, it's a great hobby and saves a lot of money too.

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