Ever wonder how you could possibly afford your dream library? Have a list a mile long of all the books you want to own? Well, I’m about to let you in on a little tip I’ve used to build my book collection for thousands of dollars less than I would have had to pay for cover prices.

Hardcover books for only $1 at the Dollar Tree

DOLLAR TREE STORES: Yes, I realize when you think of buying new books the dollar store isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Trust me, I never would have thought of them either, I discovered this only by some magical accident. If you’re looking for a specific best seller, the dollar tree wouldn’t be your best bet because it is very hit and miss. Sometimes I go and leave empty handed, other times I leave with a bag full of 10 or more books. You need to be willing to spend a little bit of time looking through their shelves because most times it is very unorganized but it will be very worth your while, I promise.

Adult coloring books $2 at Barnes and Noble
Leatherbound classics 50% off on black Friday (photo-Barnes and Noble)

BARNES AND NOBLE SALES/CLEARANCE EVENTS: I’m sure Barnes and noble is the last place you would want to go if you are trying to build a library on a budget, most of their items are full price and books rarely ever go on sale. Twice a year they have a huge clearance event where you can find books on sale for 50% off or even marked at just $2 a piece. Granted, most of the books they put on sale are from previous seasons and aren’t current best sellers, but it’s a great place to start if you don’t have a specific book you are looking for. Plus, I was able to score several adult coloring books this past clearance event for just $2, which rarely ever go on sale at other stores. Black Friday is another great time to go, the store will mark down their leather bound classic books for 50% off, which are an amazing and beautiful addition to any bookshelf.

Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts 25% off cover price on Amazon

AMAZON DAILY DEALS: Like Barnes and Noble, its hard to find really good deals on new best sellers on amazon, but it’s definitely possible. I recently purchased the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay books for 25% off retail on amazon. I would have purchased it anyways so getting 25% off was a definite bonus. So before you pay full price at a local bookstore on a new book, check to see if it’s on sale on amazon.

Game of Thrones series- 99 cents a piece at Savers

THRIFT STORES: Seems like everyone and their mother watches the TV show Game of Thrones, I’ve never seen it because I wanted to read the books first. Of course, I wasn’t going to drop $50 or more to purchase them from amazon or Barnes and Noble. So I went on a mission to find them in good condition 2nd hand. I was more than successful because I just happened to go to a local savers on a day they were having a 99 cent book sale. I was sure I wouldn’t find anything worth getting but I looked anyways, by some unforeseen magic, I found the first four soft cover copies in more than good condition. I was able to score them for less than $4. In the last few months, I’ve been able to find the hunger games series and most of the Harry potter series in hard covers, so if you are interested in getting a specific top seller book for less than retail, check out your local thrift stores. I try to get to my local savers at least once a week because they restock their shelves on a weekly basis.


BONUS TIP: DONT buy new copies of children’s books, hit up a local thrift store and check out their selection. I have built my daughter’s book collection mainly from thrift stores. Make sure you do a quick page scan of the book you are buying first, sometimes the pages could have drawings on them from the previous owner.