I try not to spend more money than I have to when buying books to read or include in my home library. Given the plethora of thrift stores where I live and that exist on the internet, I have narrowed down some of the ones I have come across or recommend to other readers seeking to build up their own libraries at a cheaper price.
For readers who have not yet grasped the concept of a library, this is probably the best way to find books you want to read without committing to buying them. I usually raid a library for the titles that I am unsure of whether or not I will actually like. Right now, during COVID, many libraries are offering the option to deliver books to homes for no extra charge. This would be a good option for those who do not have a library close by.
Price: FREE! (With the exception of occasional book sales)
If you can’t find a book at a library or a thrift store, odds are, you will find it on Amazon…especially the self-published titles. E-books are also usually an option (usually the cheaper one for new books) and customers may also sell their used books.
I have found a lot of new or more obscure titles on this website that I have put on my reading list. Their prices are also not very expensive. I have yet to actually buy a book from here, so I have no opinion yet as to their customer service.
Bookshelf PLUS App
Forget about buying books one at a time; if you are a fan of Deseret Book titles like me, but prefer to listen to books instead, this app allows you to listen to unlimited Deseret Book titles for only $9.99/month ($6.99/month if a Platinum member).
Deseret Industries (DI)
This is my favorite place to go to find Deseret Book reads at extremely discounted prices. I go here as often as I can to see what inspirational, gospel-centered, or proper romances are stocked on the shelf.
Like Savers, they usually also have a pretty wide selection of books (depending on what people are donating these days). I have found many nonfiction biographies here that I have added to my bookshelves as well as some more obscure ones with elegant covers that have turned out to be some of my favorite reads.
For those of you who do not have one of these stores near you, they have a website where customers can order not only books, but DVDs, puzzles, games, records, and other literature-themed novelty items. They can be a little pricier, but sometimes have clearances or sales. They also offer a service to buy customers’ used books.
The stores I have been to have a pretty wide selection of books including Literature, Western, Fantasy, Fiction, Teen, Christian, Non-Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Biography. It’s not usually my first place to check for books because they can get a little pricey (mind you, pricey to me for used books is around $5.00), but because of their selection, they are usually one of the places that I am most likely to find a book that I am actually looking for.
These books can be a bit pricier but can come in like-new condition. A lot of customers use this platform to find textbooks at a cheaper price.
I’ve used this app/website to buy textbooks as well as fun reads. The beauty is that if you buy enough books, you can earn enough points for a free book every now and then. They have shown excellent customer service if ever I had to exchange or return a book. Customers can usually choose between books that are in acceptable, good, like new, or new condition.