Sharing my tips on finding cookbook bargains.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’m a little cookbook crazy. Some might even say a little obsessed. My sister wonders if there will ever be enough for me. Nope! I keep on collecting, especially when I can find them at bargain prices. My cookbooks are pretty much all over the house and I’m sure I could fill up a cookbook wing in no time if we added one. Hmmm….that’s a thought.
I’m letting you in on how I find cookbooks at bargain basement prices and showing you a sampling of what I’ve found over the last couple of years. My hubby said: “You’re sharing your secrets?” Of course I am. You all don’t live around me to scoop up my bargains and I wanted to fill you in.
One of my favorite places to shop for cookbooks is at my local library bookstore (shown above). There are shelves and shelves of cookbooks. I make a beeline for the cookbook section as soon as I walk in the door! I can’t even begin to tell you how many cookbooks I’ve bought there.
Library bookstore finds
Most of the cookbooks at my library cost $1.00 and $2.00. Now that’s a bargain for sure! You never know what might be on the shelf. I’ve even given some of these bargains as gifts. Shhhh….they’ll never know! I gave my mother-in-law a stack earlier this year as part of a gift and think I only spent $5.00 or $6.00 total on them.
More library bookstore finds
Once in a while, I’ll find a cookbook at the library bookstore I’ve been wanting for some time or that’s out of print. Then it’s time for a happy dance! They also have bundles of cooking magazines for 50 cents. You really should check out your library to see if they have a bookstore.
Some of my cookbooks from half price sales at the library
The best deals ever are when my library bookstore has half price sales. That usually happens a few times a year and I really stock up. Check out the cookbooks above that I’ve gotten at those sales (the Wellesley Cookie Exchange Cookbook has been out of print for years). We’re talking nothing over $1.00 and most of them for 50 cents! Raise your hand if you like those kind of deals.
Yes, these were at the library!
The special finds above were all found at the library also. $1.00 for the Pioneer Woman’s first cookbook….score!!! The Best of the Bake-Off Collection is from 1959 and The Pillsbury Family Cookbook is from 1963. I found these all at different times and the total for all three was less than $5.00. What a steal!
Cookbooks from Tuesday Morning
Another of my favorite spots to get cookbooks at good prices is Tuesday Morning. They’ll sometimes have cookbooks that were published a year or two before. I just recently got the $40 Art & Soul of Baking for $7.99.
Bargain cookbooks from Barnes & Noble, a garage sale and HomeGoods
There are so many other places to find bargain cookbooks:
- Bargain sections of bookstores such as Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million
- Stores like HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and more (Ross used to have cookbooks, but I haven’t seen them there in a few years)
- Thrift and Antique Stores
- Garage Sales
For reduced prices on newer cookbooks, Sam’s Club and Costco are good options. Amazon and other online sources offer good prices (although not bargain basement) on newer books as well. Another tip is to check the books out at a bookstore to make sure you like them and then order them online. That’s how I do it anyway.
Even though there are an unlimited number of recipes online, there’s still something special about holding a cookbook in your hand and browsing through each page. Don’t you agree? I’ll take them new, used and handed down.
What’s your approach to finding bargain cookbooks? Maybe you head to the library bookstore too or find them at one of the other sources I mentioned.
Happy cookbook hunting!
Note: These photos were all taken with my phone.