If you’re a serious bibliophile, then you buy books like it’s a full time job, which means you probably spend a whole lotta coint on books. If you are also someone who is trying to reach financial independence, then you are also trying to buy all of the books without breaking your budget.

In this bookish celebration of Financial Literacy Month, we are sharing a few easy ways to find more money to buy books on your TBR without totally ruining your finances.

Buy Books with Rakuten

If you love online shopping and haven’t heard of Rakuten, then you have definitely been missing out on some serious free money. Since you stumbled upon this blog, you will no longer miss out on this awesome online shopping bonus. Rakuten gives you cash back from your online purchases.

That’s right, by spending money with Rakuten to buy books, you are making money to buy books every few months. If you use our code to sign up for a Rakuten account, you’ll receive $10 after you first $25 shopping trip, and we’ll get $5! Sounds like a win-win situation to us!

Get Bookish Gift Cards Using MySurvey

The name definitely gives it away! MySurvey provides opportunities to get points by taking surveys. Rewards include PayPal money and gift cards from Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and it doesn’t take long to reap those rewards because the surveys are plentiful. Most surveys are around 30 to 50 points, so it won’t take too much time to reach 1080 points, which gets you a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, or 1100 points, which gets you a $10 Amazon gift card, or 1200 points, which gets you $10 deposited in your PayPal account.

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Buy Books with a Plethora of MyPoints

MyPoints provides points for completing surveys and shopping online, which can be redeemed for gift cards to bookish emporiums like Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Although you will be waiting for weeks to receive the points from a shopping trip, the upside to MyPoints is the points from surveys bank immediately, and there are opportunities to earn points on a daily basis. Sign up for MyPoints and spend $20 to receive 1,750 points. That’ll get you a $10 gift card at Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Springboard America Bibliophiles Unite

Springboard America is another opportunity to make money from taking surveys. Once you sign up for Springboard America, you get emails whenever surveys are available. Some of the surveys are for money-making opportunities, but sometimes they are for contest entries. The upside is there are plenty of award options for bibliophiles, like gift cards for Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The downside is there is only 1 redemption level (5,000 points), and it takes some time to reach that level.

Ibotta Stuff and Got More Books

Similar to Rakuten, Ibotta allows you to receive a percentage of qualifying online and IRL purchases. Sign up for an Ibotta account. Download the app. Start earning cash that can be redeemed for Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards. OR! Deposit the money in your PayPal account so you can support your local indie bookstore.

Your Turn

So…what are the ways you use to buy books without breaking the bank? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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  1. Great ideas! I haven’t used any of those. I sell books I’ve already read once (or twice) to a local used book store and use the money for new-ish books while I’m there. I never get very much for them, but it makes me feel like I’m saving a little money and supporting local businesses at the same time.

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