Tips for Saving Money at the Bookstore

Many people love books and spend a lot of their time and money at the bookstore.  Although many books are inexpensive, they can add up, especially if you purchase a lot.  There are different things that you can do in order to save money at the bookstore.  The following are some tips that you might want to consider to help you save money.

Look at the bargain books

Many bookstores have bargain books.  You can save a great deal of money on these books.  You might be able to literally pay just a fraction of the price and still get a great book.  This is good if you do not want a specific book (the newest gardening book by a specific author) but are instead looking for a specific type of book (a book about gardening).  You will find many books that are great gifts in the bargain sections.  Places like Barnes and Noble have huge sections of this. 

Look for sales and clearance

Many bookstores also have sales or clearance on different books.  You might be able to save a lot of money by getting items when they are on clearance or sale.  A lot of bookstores will have different policies that they give a specific discount on bestsellers.  They will also sometimes have specific picks that get a discount as well.

Buy the paperback versions

The paperback versions of books are often much cheaper than the hardback versions, sometimes literally a fraction of the price.  A lot of times, they do come out with these versions later so you might have to wait for them.  It might be worth it for you to do, however, especially if you buy a lot of books. Many people find the paperback versions to be more convenient anyways because they are smaller and take up less room.

Get a membership

A lot of bookstores will have a club membership.  You will often have to pay to join but then you get a discount on the products that you purchase.  If you buy a lot of books this will usually pay for itself and then some very quickly.  You can look around to see what the different bookstores offer to see if there is one that is better for you.

Consider used bookstores

There are many used bookstores.  These are nice because you can often get books for half or even less of the price.  The selection is usually not as good as at the big bookstores, but you will often support a mom and pop store, which a lot of people like.

You can spend a lot of money on books, but there are ways to save.  Consider the above points to help you save at bookstores.