Category Archives: Frugal Living

13 Places Where You Can Find Free and Low-Cost Ebooks


With all the free ebooks floating around on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble, I have to admit that for a while I went a little crazy. I downloaded books by authors I wouldn’t normally read to try them out, which is exactly why authors offer their books for free or at a low price point. They’re trying to reach readers who have not read their work yet, with the hope that you’ll then buy their other works.

Since all my excitement over the freebies has died down, I’ve drastically reduced the number of books I download. I had to admit to myself there’s no way I’d ever get around to reading all those books.

However, I know there are people who read way more than I do. In fact, I used to think I was an avid reader until I discovered readers on Goodreads and other social media sites who fly through twelve or more books per month. My paltry four or five is laughable next to those stats. (By the way, if you’re on Goodreads, send me a friend request. I like to see what other people are reading.)

So, this blog post serves two purposes. Authors will find other avenues for advertising their books. It’s also for all you avid readers. In addition to the books you buy, you now have a list of places where you can find free and low-cost ebooks to further indulge your addition.

If you don’t have an ereader yet, don’t get left behind. Download an ereader app to your computer or phone and get started with all the free and low-cost books: Kindle, Nook, Kobo.

Happy reading!

1) Bargain Ebook Hunter

We’re dedicated to hunting through the digital publishing world looking for eBooks at great deals (from FREE to $5.00).


2) Cheap Ereads (for Nook readers):

This website was created in an attempt to let other Barnes and Noble Nook users know that there really are plenty of deal priced books for Nook readers.

3) Ebook Lovers:

4) Ereader Love: 

The online resource for all things ebook and ereader.

5) Ereader News Today:

6) Free Books for Kindle (on Facebook):

It’s our mission to help you find the best free books available for your kindle or kindle app device.

7) Kindle Finds:

Kindle Finds is a book promotional service. We target independent authors who have written exceptional novels but have gone somewhat unnoticed.

8) Kindle Nation Daily:

During the past few years we have built the community that we call “Kindle Nation” into the largest and most influential independent community of Kindle enthusiasts and ebook readers on the web.

9) Kindle Spice:

Kindle Spice is a book promotional service. We target independent authors who have written exceptional spicy novels but have gone somewhat unnoticed.

10) Nook Lovers:

We have created this site to offer readers a chance to find the best, most economical reads around.

11) Nook Soul (on Facebook):

Deals on Urban and African-American Nook and Kindle books.

12) Pixel of Ink:

Pixel of Ink features daily publishing of Free Kindle Books and Hot Deals.

13) The Frugal Ereader:

The site features ebooks available at the Amazon Kindle Store for less than $9.  Many are at the rock bottom 99 cent price tag and free ebooks are featured, too.

14) Free Black Ebooks:

Your source for the latest free ebooks by African American authors (or books about the African American experience).

Update 6/7/2012:

15) Free Booksy:

Update 10/4/2012:

16) Ebooks Habit:

What do you think of the list? Do you have any to add?

Update 4/22/16:

17) Bookbub:

18) Read Freely:

19) Read Cheaply:

20) Reading Deals:

Update 5/19/2016:

21) Book Swag:


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Save Money for Books: Frugal Foodie Tip 8


Every parent should have this website bookmarked! With a simple city or zip code search, you’ll be able to save a bundle on dining out with your family.

Here’s what you get with each search:

  1. Which restaurants in your area offer kids meals or free meals for kids.
  2. Restaurant address and phone number.
  3. Which days the meals are offered.
  4. Typical price of the kids meals.

This is the eighth and final frugal foodie tip on how to save money for books so you can feed your reading addiction. If you missed any of the others, click on Tips to Save Money for Books for the other seven posts.

Combine tips to maximize savings! For instance, earn 100 points at while using a coupon or gift certificate.

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Save Money for Books: Frugal Foodie Tip 7


Wait! Hear me out. Don’t rush off yet.

If you cut back on the amount you eat, you’ll not only save money, you may lose weight. According to, the average female aged 19 and older needs approximately 2000 to 2400 calories per day (depending on lifestyle activity), and the average male in the same age range requires 2400-2800 calories per day. However, we tend to eat more calories than we need to maintain our energy level.

Here are some ways to save money and cut calories at the same time:

  • Dine out for lunch. Restaurant lunch menus usually have the same plates as the dinner menu, but the portions are smaller and they’re less expensive.
  • Don’t eat your entire dinner. It’s no secret portions are large in this country.  If you eat half or even two-thirds of your meal, don’t be surprised if you find that you’re full.  Take the rest home and have it for lunch or dinner the next day. In other countries, diners eat smaller serving sizes and obesity isn’t the epidemic it is here.
  • Have an appetizer for dinner.  They’re filling, and if you get a salad to go along with it, you could have a balanced meal.

Come back next Monday for the eighth and final frugal foodie tip on how to save money to buy books. If you have children, you don’t want to miss it.

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Save Money for Books: Frugal Foodie Tip 6

FRUGAL FOODIE TIP 6: Gift Certificates

Many restaurants now offer discounted gift certificates (or gift cards).  Go to the website of your favorite restaurant and see what they’re offering in the way of discounts.  Discounts range in value, but typically they are about 20% of the face value of the gift certificate.  Purchase a $20 gift certificate for $16 and then enjoy a meal on yourself.

Sign up for deals at and Once you’re on the mailing list, you’ll receive daily discounts offered by businesses in your local city, including restaurants. You’ll have a limited time to purchase the discounted gift certificate.

Discounts start at 50% and reach as much as 90%.

Save Money for Books: Frugal Foodie Tip 5


If is offered in your city, it’s worth signing up.  It’s a free restaurant reservation system for diners. Once you’ve created a profile, you can make reservations for your favorite restaurants, performing searches by location and cuisine.

Each time you dine out using the service, you earn 100 Dining Reward Points.  After 2,000 points, you receive a $20 Dining Cheque to eat at any Open Table restaurant in the country (Dining Cheques are available in$50 and $100 denominations, as well).  You even have the opportunity to earn points faster by eating at 1,000 points establishments.

If you’re an administrative assistant, there’s a special profile just for you.  As you make reservations for corporate luncheons and business dinners, accumulate points toward a Dining Cheque you can use later.

Only three more money saving tips to go! If you missed any of the previous four tips, click on the category Tips to Save Money for Books to get a list of those posts.

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Save Money for Books: Frugal Foodie Tip 4

FRUGAL FOODIE TIP 4: Frequent Visitor Cards

Less expensive restaurants and mom and pop stops tend to offer this handy little card, but you may have to ask for it. Some restaurants don’t advertise their availability.

The card is practical if you tend to frequent a particular restaurant. Each time you dine in the establishment, you receive a stamp toward a free meal.  Fill one up, and then you’re eating for free.

My favorite Mexican restaurant offers a frequent visitor card. Just last week I earned a free meal!

Save Money for Books: Frugal Foodie Tip 3

FRUGAL FOODIE TIP 3: Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is the time of year groups of restaurants offer a fixed price dinner menu for a reasonable rate. If you’ve ever wanted to try a particular restaurant but were concerned about the cost, this would be the time to do it.

Typically, you can dine at a participating establishment for as little as $25 for a three course meal. Not bad for an appetizer or salad, entrée, and dessert. Depending on the meal you choose, savings range from as low as $5 to as much as $15, and possibly even more.

In the Atlanta area there are numerous Restaurant Weeks. They take place in Buckhead, Midtown, downtown, etc. To find out when they occur in your area, type “Restaurant Week” and the name of your city in the search field of your search engine.

Take advantage of the savings and buy those books you wanted. Make your reservations early because participating restaurants often have a full house during this period.

Save Money for Books: Frugal Foodie Tip 2


Because of the current economy, coupons are popular again, but for frugal foodies, they’ve never gone out of style.  Coupons are available in the Sunday paper and weekly circulars. There you’ll find your local restaurants offer discounts on lunch and/or dinner entrées.

Discounts include deals such as buy one entrée get one free, free appetizers, or save five dollars when you purchase two lunch entrées. You can buy a paperback or an e-book with five dollars!

Submit your email address to the mailing list of your favorite restaurants and they’ll send you coupons on a regular basis. You’ll get them around your birthday and holidays. You’ll also receive notices of special events such as all-you-can-eat days and dining discounts on specific nights. Tip: I filter all my restaurant coupon emails into a folder so they don’t take over my inbox.

I’m always looking for a deal, so leave a comment if you know other good places where I can find coupons.

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Save Money for Books: Frugal Foodie Tip 1

First, let me say,

Happy 2011!

Doesn’t it seem as if 2010 just whizzed by?

I have lots to share with you in the coming weeks. In my final 2010 post, I told you about my plans for 2011. I promised I would give you tips on how to save money for books while still indulging your inner foodie.

If you’re like me and enjoy dining out, you won’t want to miss any of the eight posts I have planned. Enter your email for a free subscription to all my blog updates. I promise to help you meet two of your new year’s goals: 1) save money and 2) read more.

Let’s get started!


This website is a veritable goldmine for anyone who wants to dine out but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money.  As easy as 1-2-3, you can purchase a gift certificate that saves you 50% or more.

Step 1. Enter your zip code or city and state you live in.

Step 2. Review the list of restaurants in your area that offer discount gift certificates.  If you have a taste for a particular cuisine, filter the list by that cuisine to narrow the choices.

Step 3. Purchase your gift certificate. They vary, with $25 ones selling for $10, and $10 ones selling for $5, and so on.  Pay attention to the stipulations of use, such as minimum purchase required and excluded days. Very conveniently, you can immediately print your gift certificate and take it to the restaurant of your choice.

Supercharge your savings by subscribing to the website. They often send out emails to their distribution list offering 80% off the gift certificates (even more savings!).

Another way to supercharge is to subscribe to  This website sends notices offering special deals as low as $25 gift certificates for only $2.  That’s a 90% savings!

I wait for the supercharge deals and buy four or five gift certificates at one time. I used my supercharged gift certificate the other day when a friend and I went to dinner. We both ordered entrées and dessert. We split the bill at $13 each and saved $25 apiece. How many books can you buy with $25?

I’ll be back with tip #2 next week.

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