A few weeks ago I made a post talking all about whether or not to pre-order books. when it is a good deal, and when it is not. Well, I really enjoyed writing it. so today I wanted to do another chatty post with you today talking all about ways to never pay full price for a book again. I only pay full price for a book maybe once a year, so I have a lot of tips for getting a good deal. So, here are my tips for saving money when buying books.
I know that this seems obvious but so many people don’t do it. when there is a book that I want to buy I never instantly buy it I always check to see where has it cheapest. This applies if I am shopping online at home or our and about. So, for instance, say I have found the book on amazon, I will open another tab and look for the same book on all the other major book retailer’s websites, to check who has it the cheapest. Ill check Book Depository, WHSmith, Waterstones, Blackwell and so on. whoever has it the cheapest (taking into account p and p as well) is who I will order from. Although I will sometimes try to check prices in story as well, if there isn’t a significant saving online. I also do the same if I am shopping in store, I will check all the online prices on my phone before making any purchase. I know that it seems a like a lot of work but it can save you a lot of money!
Look In Unconventional Places
Sometimes the best price is in the most unlikely pace. Supermarkets are a great example of this. big stores tend to have a book isle and those books ten to be a really good price. For instance, ASDA tend to have new release paperbacks for £3.99 and new release hardbacks for half price. And a lot of supermarkets are like this. they are somewhere that you wouldn’t think to look, but they can have some really good offers!
Multi-buys Are Your Friend
Always look out for a multi-buy offer. For instance, YA paperbacks. Waterstones usually have a table of new release YA Paperbacks on a buy one get one half price offer. It is often the best deal that you can get on some of these YA books. if you can’t get a book at a discounted price, see if you can get it on a multi-buy.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Second Hand
I buy a decent amount of my books second hand. If you aren’t bothered about a book being in absolutely perfect condition, then look into getting it second hand. I only ever buy second hand books that are listed as very good or like new (if I’m ordering online) or that look particularly new in store. It can cave some serious money! We are talking under £3 a book most of the books show very little signs of wear and tear, and some don’t even look like they have ever been read. just to name a few books that I have brought second hand, The DUFF, Queen Of Shadows, Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately, in fact, all of the books pictured about! In fact, 90% of my poetry collection was brought second hand. A few of my favourite places to buy second hand are World Of Books, EBay, the ‘other sellers’ section on amazon and Depop. All of these are great places and the books are always in really good condition. I also pop into charity shops quiet regularly as they always have a book second and this way I can look at them in person. there are also some second hand bookstore in my area that are also really great. Always be on the lookout for them! it is a great way to save money!
In general, books tend to drop in price the longer that they have been out! so, unless you are desperate to read it then and there, try waiting a few weeks, the same goes with non-new releases. Wait and keep checking back. book prices change a lot. A little bit of patience and persistence goes a long way! it can save you a lot of money!
Always Look For A Discount Code
I mean, it’s pretty obvious, but a lot of people don’t. particularly places like WHSmith often have discount codes available. It is always worth checking for one. I have Honey installed on my Laptop that automatically scans the internet for possible vouchers. Always check even if it is just code for free p and p, it is still saving you money! On a similar note, look out for loyalty schemes. There ae a really easy way to save money! Take Waterstones. They give you a stamp for every £10 you spend (half a stamp for every £5) and when you have 10 stamps, they give you a £10 voucher! If you are spending money anyway, you might as well get something back!
General Rule Of Thumb
The general rule for saving money on books is know what is a good deal actually is. So, my general rule, Hardbacks have to be half price, paperbacks have to be under £5. Obviously sometimes this isn’t possible, but generally speaking, that is the book buying rule that I lie by. If I stick to that rule, then I save a lot of money.
And I think that is all the tips that I have in regards to saving money on books! I will have liked my post about pre-orders here (link) so that you also know when a pre-order is a good idea and when it is not. What are your tips for saving money on books? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon!