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Frugal Ways to Read Your Book List

Frugal Ways to Read Your Book List

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About two years ago I started getting into reading. Growing up I hated it, and  honestly I’m sure that’s because I wasn’t a very good reader. It was around New Years when I was making my resolution list and a post on Instagram came up and it was a picture of a stack of books and the guy said, “How do you expect to move forward and hit your goals when you are not gaining knowledge?!”  I was like wow he is so correct! So I started researching books that I wanted to read for that time in my life and honestly haven’t stopped. I have a constant booklist that includes in all sorts of books. I have read some amazing books and have only purchased a few of them. Being frugal shouldn’t stop you from reading at all! Here are a few ideas…

Library card

I have had a library card since I was a little girl. Most cities if not all cities have a Library. I have never minded going into a Library and checking a book out but if you are rushed for time you can put a hold on it online and they will email you when it becomes ready for you to check out. This way, if you love holding a real book and reading you can and it costs you nothing.  Just make sure to return them on time. I was recently at my Library and they had a section of books that were free, fifty cents and one dollar. They had all types, which might be a perfect way to get some new books for not much money.

OverDrive app

This app is for ebooks or audiobooks. I have used this system for about a year and they have updated it to make it more user friendly but there are still many steps to get this app to work. You put your library card number into this app and then you can search your library for books that will download onto this app automatically or you can choose to put them on the kindle app if it is a book instead of an audiobook. With this option remember that you will need to return the book by its deadline like a normal library book, but no need to go to the library with this system. Also with this option there is a good amount of ebooks you can choose from but not as many audiobooks so just something to keep in mind.

Amazon Audible-

This option is great if you want to own the audiobook or have a bigger selection of audiobooks to choose from. Amazon offers 1 audiobook per month with Audible with a monthly membership fee, and you can choose to add another book with a fee. You do get to keep the audiobooks even if you cancel at anytime. You can try this option out with my link for 30 days free trial with 2 audiobooks. For me I started to listen to tons of audiobooks on my 3 hour commute to help pass the time and was able to get tons of books crossed off my book list and honestly learned a ton and was able to get inspired before I went to my 9-5 job.

Shop at a used bookstore

If you know that you will want to own a certain book I always check my local used bookstore, I have donated books to my store and have gotten store credit in return. Always ask if your book store has any programs like this. I was able to cut down on the books I own and also get a kick back in return, which I love!

Shop Amazon

This is another great idea if you are wanting to own a book. There is normally the choice to buy new or used which used is 99% cheaper and I can usually find it with free shipping too.  The used book sellers will give you an accurate description of the book’s condition.

Amazon Kindle

This is a good resource if you are wanting to read an ebook. This app actually can link up to OverDrive to give you your free reading material but you also can purchase books on here too. They have over 1 million ebooks and thousands of audiobooks to choose from. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can borrow one book a month from the Kindle store on the app and there is no due date to return the book. With my link you can try out Amazon Kindle’s 30 day free trial and see if this option works best for you.


I hope these ideas help you to get started reading! These are the websites and stores that I have used but I am sure there are tons of great other sites to get free or discounted books, so if you have one that you recommend please share! Happy reading!!