Reading. It's good for you. It helps your vocabulary, makes you more knowledgeable, it's entertaining and all of that great stuff that you have heard a million times. We all want to do it more often. Some of us really tried but just couldn't take a liking to it. Others can't find the time ( If that's you, you should definitely check out this blog post) and then... there is the one obstacle that we don't talk about enough in my opinion: Books cost money!
Let's get real for a few minutes. If you are anything like me ( I.e. a 20 something year old woman who is just finding her footing in life) then every dollar counts. That’s why I can’t blame you for not wanting to spend your money on a book that you don't even know if you will enjoy. Maybe you won’t even read it.
So here are a few tips that can help you start reading again without breaking the bank:
I know. You don't want to add to your long list of bills but here is the thing, subscriptions work the same way wholesale does: The more people use it, the cheaper it is. That's why you can pay as little as $9.99 a month on Scribd or kindle unlimited and have access to an almost unlimited number of audio books and e-books. So really, instead of buying one book for 15, 20 dollars on amazon, you are getting 4 or 5 books ( depending on how many you read in a month) for 10 bucks. You are welcome.
Bonus point: E-books mean that you can read on your phone.
2. Social Media is your friend
Do yourself a favor and check out #Bookstagram. That hashtag is growing really fast. It's a great way to learn about books you might enjoy, and socialize. The best thing about it, though? It is home to some pretty awesome bloggers who often have giveaways and many of them ship internationally. I have gotten some pretty awesome books for free just for liking a post and tagging a friend in a comment.
3. Network, network and more network!
Take advantage of your network. This applies to a lot of things in life, saving money on books included. Chances are, you know at least one person that likes to read or who knows someone that enjoys reading. This not only gives you someone that you can discuss the books that you read with but also someone whose books you can borrow and vice versa.
Join a book club or start a book club. If you are surrounded by people who want to read and who hold you accountable, you will do it more often. As a group, you can also put money together to buy your books in bulk and save money where you can.
4. Check your local library
Now depending on where you live, this one might be a little tricky but it is still worth checking out. Most places have a local library, though. If not a public library, a local college or university will have a library that you can borrow books from. I always assumed that they wouldn’t have the most up to date repertoire and so I never bothered with them but I gave them a chance last year and I have been very pleasantly surprised by the gems that I’ve found.
Also, there are some classics that you can always find at your local library. The likes of things fall apart, 'When the rain clouds gather' the original 'pride and prejudice' and others… books that a young mind couldn’t appreciate but that deserve a second read. A proper read.
5. Be picky with what you buy
This one is going to feel like common sense but trust me, it needs to be said. Be picky with what you buy! When you are just starting to read again, you might not know what kind of books you will like or which ones are actually worth your money. So my suggestion is to research the books you hear about before purchasing them: Check the reviews on Goodreads and/or read blog pieces about them. This will give you an idea of what the book is really about and tell you how likely you are to enjoy it before you spend your hard earned money on it.
There you have it. My five tips for saving money when it comes to purchasing books.
I know that one book will not break the bank but it adds up really fast (TRUST ME!) and we need to make sure we can save money wherever we can.