And I think the more books we read the better they become.
But how do we stop ourselves from overspending on our books? Budgeting? Let’s see…
I am sharing some of my tried and tested ways 😉
1.Having a fixed budget every month and sticking to it.
2.One in one out. I often sell my books cos 1. I lack space at home 2.Need quick cash to buy the next lot
3.Buy and Sell on preloved groups. These groups were my savior few years back. After a point, I used to message the sellers and buyers directly. When you are a regular, you get the best stash 😉
4.The stash doesn’t happen overnight. It took me 4 years to have access to many good books. So patiently wait for the magic to unfold. Don’t let anybody’s shelf intimate you. (even mine)
5.Read reviews before you pay. Okay I am going to share my super-duper tip here- watch YouTube videos of the book before you buy. I have regretted some purchases despite the good rating.
6.Add books to your Wishlist even if you don’t intend to buy it soon. The books on my Wishlist currently are all for ages 7 and 8(and my first born will be 6 in a few months). I have seen prices incredibly drop over a period of time. Sometimes by 80%. I know it is a long wait. But the prices do drop, and you can bag them.
7.While the book is on the wishlist wait, you might come across another book on the similar story line for a relatively lower price.
8.Buy from Indian Publications. The content has been getting better year after year. And they come at affordable prices.
9.And this one is a no brainer, buy from second hand preloved book shops. There are a handful of Instagram accounts as well.
10.Buy books by weight. Many of my treasures have been from there.
11.Find a kind neighbor who will like to exchange books with you. Or friends who will lend and borrow with you 😊
12.Send the Wishlist to book sellers and they will try to get your favts as and when they find.
13.And make use of Amazon prime day sales – this July 15th and July 16th.
14.And follow accounts like mine who will share gems like this with you 😉 (okay this point was totally unnecessary 😉)
Have I missed on any key points that works for you? OR you simply find this list helpful? Please comment and tag a friend who might find this helpful 😊
Also find the instagram and Facebook links from where you can source books economically.