Buying Books on a Budget! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Buying Books on a Budget!

I get asked all the time (because of all of the books in my mentor sentence units), "where do you get all of your books?" Unfortunately, I never have a good answer because I'm an Amazon Prime Member and I just buy, buy, buy! Some people buy purses and shoes, I'm a bookaholic. I buy BOOKS!

But I decided to do a little bit of research and find out some other places you can get your books, especially for those of you on a budget. :) Of course, the free way is to not buy at all... Visit your local or school library! But if you are like me and want your OWN copy, here are some sites to check out: has new and used books- you don't have to buy directly from Amazon! If you don't mind a used book, that's often the best way to go, because you do still have to pay shipping... but like with this example, the used (like new) copy of this book is less than $9 with shipping instead of $14.30 for new (Prime price) or $16.95 without Prime. 
Buying books on a budget with Ideas by Jivey.
You definitely will want to check out! They have great deals on used books AND you get free shipping in the US on orders over $10!
Buying books on a budget with Ideas by Jivey
As you may know, shipping can sometimes be what makes that "bargain book" not such a bargain... well this next website has you covered, too! has free shipping on orders over $50, but otherwise, $3.99 flat rate.
Buying books on a budget with Ideas by Jivey
Half Price Books is a great site to find used books as well! You never pay more than half the cover price... there is shipping: $3.99 per book, but $2.99 for additional books from the same store.
Buying books on a budget with Ideas by Jivey

Another website I found that often has coupon codes is They have the same shipping prices as Half Price Books.
Buying books on a budget with Ideas by Jivey

As I mentioned, sometimes the shipping really gets you, but if you can find several books on one site, that definitely helps make your books a bargain!

Do you have any other sites you love to shop for books? Share in the comments! :)


  1. My public library has warehouse sales of all the books that the public has donated and a blow-out sale during the summer. Most books are under $2. Also, don't forget about yard sales and Scholastic Warehouse sales.

    1. That is awesome about your library! I didn't list those because I was focusing on being able to find specific books, but you're right! Yard sales, thrift stores, Goodwill, and Scholastic Warehouse are awesome too!! :)

  2. I was going to say everything that S. Meyer said! :)
    Love those Scholastic Warehouse sales! Though, I do find that the one in May is a lot better than the ones held the rest of the year. At least, it's that way at the one I usually attend.
    BetterWorldBooks is another great place to go for used books, and they donate a book to a charity when you buy a book from them.
    Check ebay, too. Sometimes there are entire lots of books on sale.

  3. 2nd and Charles is a very neat and organized used book store with locations around the country. Their books are in good to excellent shape. The one near me moved into the old Borders store, to give you a perspective of size. The majority of their stock are books, but they also carry DVDs, CDs, vinyl, game systems, and more. You can sell books to earn cash or credit. As a home schooling parent it is my go-to place for literature. You can Google for locations.

  4. is also a great site for used books. Free shipping plus you help fund literacy around the world.


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