Frugal Fridays: Goodwill…a Bargain Place for Book Lovers

Frugal FridaysHi guys and Happy Friday to everyone!  Of course, it’s a Frugal Friday here on MTOM and today I can’t wait to tell you about the terrific time I had yesterday shopping at Goodwill.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love shopping at thriftstore, consignment shops and yard/garage sales?  I am definitely a bargain hunter and it just thrills me to find a good deal on something…it get’s my adrenaline going…it’s like I experience a frugal high.

Yesterday after work, I decided to stop by Goodwill to just browse around and see what great deals I could find.  I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular.  I love books and dishes so that’s really the only section I head straight for when I enter the store.  I do have an ipad with several e-books but there is just something about the smell and feel of a book that still excites me, so every chance I get, I’m always out to find a great book at the thriftstore, librabry or on paperbackswap (online free book trading website).  Well of course, they had hundreds of books and I could have bought 50 of them, but I try to stick to a budget…even when I’m in a second-hand store because it can get out of hand…at least that’s the case for me. 

I purchased 9 books.  The prices weren’t bad at all….$1.91 (paperback) and about $2.91 (hardback).  That’s almost 90% off the retail price and if you are an avid book reader like me, then that’s an excellent deal and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going to Barnes and Noble or other highend book retailers but I mainly go just to browse the new or latest books out and/or to get a cup of coffee from the cafe or to hang out with friends….it’s a great atmosphere for meeting friends or playing chess, which I’ve seen several people do when I’m there.  By the way did you know that a lot of the used books that you purchase off of Amazon or similar websites come from places like Goodwill or second-hand/used bookstores?  Yep, they sale a lot of their books online and the prices are pretty good, but the downside is you have to pay for shipping so the discount isn’t as good as purchasing it straight from the thriftstore….but I still do sometime use Amazon if I’m looking for a certain book in particular….I bite the bullet on the shipping…yuck.

Below is a list of books I purchased from Goodwill:


1) Webster’s German/English – English/German dictionary – I’m trying to brush up on my German and this little pocket dictionary will come in very handy.  It was a paperback which meant it cost me less than $2 bucks and it was in excellent condition.

2) How to Clean Practically Anything (Consumer Reports Books) – I’m always making a mess or dropping something on my clothes or spilling something on the floor…lol.  So I thought this book would be a great addition to my library.  It has a stain removal chart to help you remove ink, mud, ketchup, newsprint and many other stains….I’m loving that.

3) Fat Burning Foods and other weight-loss secrets (Judy Jameson) – Okay I’m forvever on a diet and trying to find ways to lose weight.  It’s a never ending mantra for us females…plus there might be a secret in the book that will finally help me to reach  my ultimate weight loss goal.  I’ll keep you abreast.

4) The Heart of a Leader (Ken Blanchard) – I’m an avid reader of self-help books and this will be a great addition to my library.

5) The Number – A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life (Lee Eisenberg) – This book is about finding that perfect number for retirement.  Lee Eisenberg has somehow found that sweet spot when it comes to financial planning and how much is enough to retire blissfully.  You know I’m an aspiring financial planner so this will be a good book to add to my repotoire…I’ll probably be doing a future post on this so stay tuned.

6) How to Think Like a CEO – The 22 Vital Traits You Need to Be The Person at the Top (D.A. Benton) – Another self-help book…I oneday hope to be the CEO of my own company so this will no doubt come in handy for me.

7) The Real Life Investing Guide (Kenan Pollack/Eric Heighberger) – Another good “know-how” book on personal finance and investing.  It’s a little outdated but I’m sure the techniques are still good, so I’ll review and see if there’s anything in there that will help you and me!!!! 

8) The Best Hymns Ever (Hal-Leonard) – This will be a great book for me to use at church.  I’m baptist and we still sing a lot of hymns.

9) Betty Crocker’s Best Christmas Cookbook – Christmas is fastly approaching and I’ll be getting into the baking mood so this book will definitely come in handy for me.  Maybe I’ll share some of the recipes I find, once I test them…I mean eat them….lol!!!

So all in all, my trip to Goodwill was successful.  I found some great books and it all came to around $22 bucks…that’s the retail price of just one of these books!  Bottomline, I got a great deal.  What do you think?   Tell me about some of your fabulous bargain finds.

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