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How to Make Money Buying Books

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If you're a book buying addict, you love books. You love getting them, reading them, re-reading them!

You may love spending all that money a little less. But just a little. Books are worth it.

But, just in case your wallet has you in tears, here are a few ways to make a little money while buying all those books. So you can buy more books! ;)

Disclaimer: I'm not being paid for any of the following referrals. They're just services I've used and not hated. :)

Ebates is probably the easiest way to get money back from a variety of places. If you haven't used them before, you sign up for free, start your shopping trips at their site and get a percentage of your purchase back. The amount varies per store. It's small, but it adds up, especially if you buy a ton of books. (Side note: definitely start here for bigger purchases like flights and hotels. 2-5% of that is huge.)


The bad news: Amazon only offers cash back on a few categories, and books aren't one of them.

The good news: the rest of these guys DO offer cash back for books:
(cash back percentages listed are as they appeared on 1/29/17; they do change)

  1. Barnes & Noble - 3% cash back
  2. Books-A-Million - 1.5% cash back
  3. The Book Depository - 2.5% cash back
  4. Kobo - 5% cash back
  5. Chapters/Indigo - 1-5% cash back
  6. Book Outlet - 5% cash back
  7. Better World Books - 3% cash back
  8. Walmart - 3% cash back

There are also some membership programs out there, but most have annual fees. :P There are a few tell-a-friend, get a 20% off coupon things too. I don't usually bother with them, but if you know people who will definitely buy once invited, go for it!

ThriftBooks has a customer loyalty program I do use. There's no membership fee. You earn a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend.



That's all for now! School's been kicking my butt and I'm sorry to say I haven't been reading much. Hopefully that'll change soon. :)

Do you have any money-making secrets for book shopping? What are your favorite sites and loyalty programs?

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  1. I keep hearing about ebates, but getting cash back for buying books? I'm in!

    Thanks!

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    1. It definitely adds up faster for more expensive items (like flights, hotels, etc.), but if you buy books regularly, might as well get a little back, right? :)

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  2. I sometimes buy books from Book Depository because of the cash back, tbh! I mean, sure it only ends up being like, 30 cents, but if I am buying the book anyway, the money is better off in my pocket than not! ALSO! I have not been on Book Outlet for awhile, due to sheer brokeness, but I am SO excited that they have cash back now! They hadn't for the longest time. Thanks for sharing this!!

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    1. Very true! Every cent back is a cent toward more books. :D You're welcome, Shannon!

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