Oops – didn’t get his posted intime for Thrifty Thursday, so Frugal Friday it is!
One big time hobby of mine is reading. I love to read, and of course the cheapest way to do that is with the library. But I also love to give, loan, pass-on and collect books. So for me the best think is buying used books.
There are a lot of ways to get used books. Englewood has a few used book stores, and there is also always the web. Amazon.com has almost any imaginable book, and often times it can be found in “like new” condition for a fraction of the cover price. BarnesandNoble.com has this feature too.
I usually try to catch the library’s used book sale as well, but my favorite place to get used books is Goodwill (and ARC, DAV, etc.). Though you may have to do some searching, at Goodwill, the paperbacks are always $.99 and hardcovers are $1.99, unless you go on a day where their colored tag is 50% off.
Off the top of my head, I can think of more than twenty books that I’ve paid less than $2.00 for. Some have been quick paperback reads that I have passed on to others, some have been parenting books, hiking guides, or books I’ve needed to complete my childbirth education certification. I’ve gotten a few novels for Rick and even books as a gift.
I belong to a book exchange club where every month you pass on a book you’ve enjoyed to another club member. It great because I get to read a new book each month that I know a friend has enjoyed. And because I have a great stash of books, I don’t mind the minor investment of passing on a book I bought at the Goodwill (plus I get to keep in touch with friends -some in other states even- in a different and creative way).
Used books are such a great way to save money and build your reading library. Books have so much life in them!