1. Know what you want to buy
Ask people what their favourite books are, ask people on your blog to recommend you some books, send somebody a question online asking for recommendations, check out Goodreads listopia or somebody’s highly-rated books on their Goodreads. Watch Youtube videos about people’s favourite books. LOOK AROUND FOR THE BEST. There is no point buying random books if you want to grab a bargain because there is the chance that the book is rubbish and you just wasted your money!
2. Look around
Scour everywhere you can for the best deal and don’t settle for the first price you see, because the chances are you can get it better somewhere else.
3. Wait for sales
There are almost always sales in stores if you look hard enough, but the most common sale seasons are; right after Christmas, new year’s sales and summer. There might be 2 for 1 offers or Buy One Get One Free- so always make the most of these! And if an online shop has special codes, USE THEM.
4. Buy online
Places like amazon, bookdepository, play, theworks (if you live in the UK), and ebay (if you’re lucky enough to find good books) will have cheap and high quality books. Use google shopping to compare prices.
5. Bulk Buy
If you find that an online seller has a limited time special offer that means you get 50% off everything, buy more than normal. You can now buy double the books for the same price, who wouldn’t want that? Just make sure you keep an eye on the date that the offer ends, you don’t want to wait too late and miss out.
6. Charity Shops or Thrift Stores
You can find loads of charity shops in a town or city, the UK in particular, so have a look inside. Sometimes the selection is poor but that’s fine- you only took 5 minutes to browse. BUT there is that special moment when you find the book you’ve been looking for and it’s only 50p. If you don’t mind creased spines and dogeared pages, then always have a rummage around and you might find a treasure. There are usually loads of classics in charity stores, so look there first if you’re interested!
7. Don’t go crazy
All being said, please don’t go and buy 20 books at a time. Why? You’ll quickly become bored and just add them to your ever-lengthening TBR pile, forget about them and then buy another 20 books. My recommendation is to buy a small bundle, read through them and then buy another bundle and get excited over these next! Not only will you hopefully save money by not over-buying, but it’s a lot more fun.