Getting lost in a book is an amazing experience. Living the character’s steps and indulging in their world can have lasting effects on your own life long after you have closed the cover.
But with household budgets being tightened all over the world, how can you find the books you want to read and stick to your budget? Julia Harris from Saving Mummy has some easy options for feeding your book habit – without taking out a second mortgage.
Tips for books on a budget…
Your local library is a goldmine for all things books – and it is free! Most libraries also have an online service now where you can search directly for your book request in the comfort of your own home. You can even reserve a copy when it becomes available. This site, http://www.nla.gov.au/libraries/ allows you to search library collections close to you – Australia-Wide.
Sale trolley (at the library)
Local libraries often have ex-library books for sale too. Prices range from the 50cents – 5.00 range – great bargain!
Wanting to purchase and read straight away? E-books are the ticket. A quick search can reveal a range of prices with some books free or .99cents. Cheap and quick to have you reading now. http://www.fishpond.com.au/Books/eBooks has a great range of free e-books for Australian readers.
Organise a book swap with your friends or local community. Use a simple system to ensure equality and swap away! No cash at all required! www.reidgirlshandmade.blogspot.com.au has a great tutorial (and printables) for hosting your own book swap.
BookSwapAustralia, BookMooch.com & PaperBackSwap.com
Interested in exchanging your own books for the price of postage? www.bookswapaustralia.com.au, www.bookmooch.com & PaperBackSwap.com are for you. Simply post up books you would like to exchange and whenever a member requests one you earn points for mailing them. Redeem your points for any of the titles listed. All you pay for is the postage.
The Book Depository
Looking for new books? The www.bookdepository.com has a massive amount available online. You only pay for the cost of the book – free postage worldwide!
Garage sales are another source of cheap books. Especially great for kids books! Prices generally range from 10cents to $2.00.
Do you meet up regularly with a group of friends? Craft group? Mother’s group? Playgroup? Why not set up a simple library between you! It would cost nothing. You could even tailor it to a certain ‘type’ of book – ie. Craft or parenting books.
Do you have a birthday, special occasion or Christmas present coming up? Put in a request for a book voucher! You can then use your gift to purchase the book you are really dying to read – brand new and without costing you a cent! Most bookshops for example, http://www.dymocks.com.au/ and http://www.angusrobertson.com.au offer gift cards for purchase.