Thriftbooks: The Solution for a Broke Bookworm

Okay guys, I’m feeling the itch to buy a new book… But, after booking a plane ticket to Iceland, my wallet can’t really take a day at Barnes and Noble. I always go in expecting to buy one or two books, and I come home with 10! So, I’m going to turn to my old friend, Thriftbooks.

I discovered Thriftbooks a year ago, and about 50% of my books are from their site. They have pretty much every book you could ever want, and most of them are only $3.59! You pay a dollar or two more if you want them in perfect condition, but I’m usually fine with a bit of wear. After all, you can get one brand-new, pristine looking book from Barnes and Nobles for $20, or you can get 4 or 5 slightly used books for that same price on Thriftbooks.


A huge drawback of a lot of online bookstores is that you have to pay shipping for each book, as they are all coming from different locations. However, with Thriftbooks, if your order is $10 or more, U.S. shipping is free! That’s freaking incredible. And, it get’s better: For every $50 you spend, you get a $5 off Reading Rewards coupon. But, you don’t have to spend the $50 all at once like with most stores; instead, you can spend a little bit of a time, and Thriftbooks will track your progress towards the coupon! I’ve earned four coupons over the last year, and the coupons paid for 5 free books.

Some of the books I’ve purchased from Thriftbooks:

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter 1-7 by J.K. Rowling
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

And loads more!

The only downsides to Thriftbooks is that shipping typically takes 1-2 weeks, and the books arrive with little stickers on the spine. The stickers are removable, but just a little annoying.


Other than that though… you can get any book your heart desires for the price of a coffee. I think that’s a pretty darn good deal!

If you are interested in checking out Thriftbooks, you can use my referral to sign up and receive 15% off your first order. Click here for more information. 

Disclosure: This is an affiliate link, and I do receive a Thriftbooks discount coupon for orders made within 14 days of signing up. 




7 thoughts on “Thriftbooks: The Solution for a Broke Bookworm

  1. Sharni Lee says:

    Such a cheap way to get books! I love shopping at Op Shops here in Australia (I found all the Harry Potter books in such good condition!) X


  2. twenty and thrifty says:

    I cannot tell you how many books I’ve donated to Goodwill over the years… My mom once accidently took my Harry Potter books out of storage and donated those. Good thing you’re on the other side of the deal on this one haha! 🙂


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