How to Read on a Budget

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Hi everyone! If you’re like me, you don’t have an unlimited supply of money to spend as you wish (would be nice if we did right?!). After going on another book shopping spree, and after constantly seeing people put themselves on book-buying bans, I thought, “there are options to still read several books a month and not go broke!” So. This is exactly what I have compiled for you, a how-to list of tips and tricks to get yourself out of that ‘book-buying ban’ and get back on the reading horse!


love – it is the absolute best way to read without having to spend any money at all, zero! Here’s how it works: you just go to BookBub and sign up with your email address. Once you sign up, there will be a prompt asking you o define which genres interest you – you can pick as many as you’d like. After you’ve customized your preferences, BookBub will send you an email each day with deals on e-book out of the genre you’ve selected. They do the work for you! Most days, there are totally free books available to download. The ones that aren’t free are usually only a couple of dollars. You get to expand your reading to books you may not be aware of otherwise and it’s a free service – how freaking awesome is that?!

Step 1 to saving money on books – sign up for, it will not disappoint.

Book Outlet

Book Outlet will not always have everything, but it’s a good place to start when looking for a particular novel. They are able to get books at such a discounted price that they are able to pass the savings onto the customers! Typically prices will be 50-90% off normal listing price – ummmmm yes! So, although they may not have the book you are looking for, check the Book Outlet Website just in case they do, you’ll save tons of money!


Although I agree that there is nothing quite the same as a physical, paper version of book, e-books can be serious money-savers. E-books typically run a few dollars cheaper than the paper medias. For example, a Hardcover may cost $16, the Paperback costs $9 and the E-book only cost $5. This can add up to a lot of money over time. Most places offer free e-book reading, such as Amazon Kindle Books. The Kindle Reading App is free and is downloadable on any device – you don’t have to have a kindle to use it. If you haven’t downloaded it, you can at Amazon FREE Kindle Reading App.

Selling Old Books

Parting with books can be hard, it’s true, but take a look at how many books are piled on your bookshelf. Is it overflowing? Are there books in there from High School, Middle School, Elementary School, that you haven’t even touched in years? Or do you have books you never finished because it was too grueling of a task (you can read more about this in my post When to Break-Up With a Book)? If the answer is yes, then you should think about taking those books into a second hand store.

The options here are to 1) Sell the books online at places like Amazon 2) Find a second-hand store near you to sell, or 3) Trade your books in for others that you want. Think of how much money you could get from old books to spend on new ones?

Buying Secondhand Books

To ping off of the last tip, finding used books can be a real money saver. Second hand book stores are not only great for selling your old books, but also buying books. They may not be new, but most used books stores will not sell books that are too beat-up. These books will be a fraction of the cost you’d find them at any retailer. A lot of second hand stores will also have new books as well, so if you’re looking for a particular book, they probably have it. See if there is a used bookstore near you and give it a go, you may gain a few extra dollars in your pocket.

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited is great for people who read lots! For a small monthly fee, you get access to unlimited Kindle E-books and Audiobooks. This is seriously a great moneysaving service. Instead of spending $100 on new books, you can spend $10 and get double what you would otherwise. For a free 30-day trial, use this exclusive link to sign up for Kindle Unlimited. You can always cancel if you aren’t loving it Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial.

Hopefully these tips will help you save money and allow you to lift that book-buying ban or just allow you to read more in general. Reading is one of the greatest adventures in life because you can continue to have a different adventure as often as you’d like! Get lost in the story – Happy Reading!

What are some of your money-saving book tips? Have you tried any of these methods? Comment below or discuss with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Google+ using #BooksUnveiledReads.

4 thoughts on “How to Read on a Budget

  • May 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I am so thankful that I found Bookbub the other month I find it really helpful, (although it has temped me to buy some £0.99 books and thereby making me spend money but it was only £0.99 so…) and yes e-books in general defiantly keep giving me cheap (and often good) books to read. I keep meaning to check out Book Outlet because all the blogger in the US seem to rave about it but I think the postage for the UK wouldn’t make it worth my while- but I still need to check that out.

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