I’m always looking for ways to save money on road trips and this is one of my most used tricks on our travels. We are a family who loves to read and we go through LOTS of books. It’s one of our favorite ways to pass the time on a road trip and we always pack a big basket full of books when we hit the road.
It’s Easy to Save Money on Road Trips With a Thrift Store Book Grab!
But at 10-12 bucks a piece, paying full price for our books is out of the question. So we make a trip to a local thrift store to stock up on reading material before we head out. Generally priced from 50 cents to a dollar, thrift store books are a major bargain. Heck, at least once a week our local St. Vincent de Paul store offers 50% off of books making many of them only a quarter! By buying books at thrift stores, not only do we save money on road trips, I like that we are reusing items that otherwise might get thrown in a landfill while also funding wonderful charities. We all love to visit the book section of thrift stores and there is usually a large selection, from current best sellers to well loved classics.When we are on longer trips, we replenish our library throughout our travels. Most cities have at least one thrift store, so we seek them out every couple of weeks to donate the ones we’ve finished and stock up on new books. By donating the books we’ve already completed when we are stocking up, we keep the cycle going- saving money, helping a good cause and reusing perfectly good reading materials. And by donating books we’ve already read, we keep our travel library reasonably sized.Looking to save money on road trips? Head to your local thrift store to stock up on books. You’ll all be reading for hours for hardly any cash.Here are a few of my favorite local thrift stores that have a large selection of books to help pass the time and save money on road trips: