How my Kindle saves me money

how my kindle saves me money

I love to read. I read on average 50 – 75 books a year, so having a Kindle is a great money saver for me. I can load up my Kindle with cheap or free books and not feel any strain on my finances.

How my Kindle saves me money

Free samples

How many times have you started a book just to get bored and abandon it? I know I have, countless times! The great thing about e-readers is that you can download a free sample of every book. You can read the first chapter or two and really get a feel of the writing style and plot and find out if you want to read more. You don’t have to waste money on books you don’t like. I no longer have unread or abandoned books on my shelf because I couldn’t get in to them.

Free classics

You can pretty much find every classic novel for free. I actually saved myself hundreds when I was at university (reading English) because I just downloaded the free book instead of buying the paperback. The highlight and search functions also came in really handy for assignments!

You can find free books here:

Transfer files

You can transfer files on to your kindle. If you have some books or documents you can email them to your kindle, or transfer the files when it’s plugged in to your computer.

Very handy for rare books that you can only find online! No need to trawl the Internet for that precious paper copy that’ll ultimately cost a bundle.

If your book is in the wrong format for your e-reader you can convert the file online.

Great deals

I will buy books in advance that I’ll save for later in the year. In the January sales I bought around 20 books for £20. That’ll do me for most of the year.

There’s great deals on all throughout the year, where you can get great chart-toppers for a fraction of the RRP. Look out for Kindle Daily Deals, Monthly Deals, Countdown Deals and other deals for discounted books.

Stops me buying

Having an e-reader stops me from buying books that’ll just sit on my book shelf. I tend to only buy physical books now if they’re pretty and will make great room decorations … as vain as that sounds!

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited

Occasionally I will Spring out on a month of Kindle Unlimited. At £7.99 a month you can borrow 10 books at a time. You can return any of those books and swap them at any time, as many times as you like.

If a lot of the books I want to read are available then I’ll just pay for a month’s subscription. This is great when I have a lot of books I want to read but don’t want to keep paying the individual cost of each book. You can pay and then cancel straight away; it will ask you if you want to cancel now or at the end of the month. I select end of the month and don’t have to worry about the subscription rolling over in to the next month.

You don’t need to buy an e-reader to enjoy what Kindles have to offer. You could download the free mobile app, or the Kindle desktop app. There are of course other e-readers out there, but I’ve only ever used a Kindle. I can’t state enough how much I love it. If you read a lot, I’d say the cost of a Kindle is well worth your money for what you can get out of it.

I have the cheapest Kindle and in the past I’ve had the Kindle Keyboard. I bought the cheaper one because I missed my Kindle Keyboard! They both lack the back light that the other Kindles have.

Not only that but having a Kindle motivates me to read more. I love seeing what percentage I am through my book, and how long is left in each chapter, “I’ll read the next 5% and then I’ll put it down!”

Do you have an e-reader? What do you think of it?

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  1. Blackpepper
    February 16, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Thanks for this informative post. I have been thinking of investing an a Kindle. I love reading but would like to have a few books on a Kindle so when I go away I can just take my e reader with me rather than having to take actual books.
    I do like real books but the Kindle is a good alternative for times when you don’t want or need the weight of a book.

    • Pennies in the Jar
      February 16, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks hun!

      I used to take a big pile of books with me when I went on holiday, especially the beach-lounging holidays, thankfully I have my kindle now so I don’t have to break my back lugging all the books around!

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