For anyone who enjoys reading, there are a few ways you can reduce costs associated with purchasing books.
Your local library
Joining your local library is a fantastic resource that is free to use. Many libraries have audiobooks and digital books that you can borrow, as well as a wealth of physical books. Titles vary across fiction, non-fiction, and reference.
Find out more about joining your local library if you live in Fife, Dundee, and Angus.
Sometimes, libraries sell cheap books for a fraction of their original retail value, so it’s always worth a look!
Charity book shops
Barnardo’s on Bell Street is a dedicated charity shop just for books. Many other charity shops have book sections too, including British Heart Foundation on Bell Street, and Oxfam on South Street!
Oxfam on Reform Street is solely for books and music. Many other charity shops have book sections too, including British Heart Foundation on Murraygate, and Cancer Research at the Gallagher Retail Park!
World of Books
At World of Books you can find second-hand books at cheaper prices than their retail value in various conditions.
At Abebooks you can find second-hand books at cheaper prices than their retail value in various conditions.
From time to time we may need to get hold of new clothes, which can be expensive and also comes with environmental costs. Here are a few places you can get inexpensive second-hand clothes that are in good condition:
Sites and apps such as Vinted and Depop can be great places to find new items at lower costs and with a smaller environmental impact. You can also sell your things on these apps too!
St Andrews has many charity shops you can trawl through when searching for something ‘new’ including British Heart Foundation, Sense Scotland, and the Salvation Army.
Dundee has loads of charity shops too, including Barnardo’s, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland, and the British Red Cross
Pop ups and Shops
StAnd ReUse (part of Transition St Andrews) hold pop-ups around St Andrews with everything from clothes to kitchenware – everyone is welcome! Check out their events page and their Instagram.
The Wardrobe on Nethergate in Dundee (part of Transition Dundee) has second-hand clothes at budget-friendly prices too – they even have some free items. You can donate your clothes too if they are in good shape!
The Little Green Larder in Dundee sometimes has a small pop up in their shop for second-hand clothes which is always worth a look.
The Wardrobe in Dundee sometimes does workshops on mending and upcycling your clothes! Check out their Instagram or Facebook for updates.
Transition St Andrews offers tool sharing for £15 per year. It works like a library – you find the tools you want and loan them out for whatever you need them for. You might find things like garden equipment, DIY tools, or things to host an event with, like a pizza oven. It’ll save you money instead of buying new, and it’s sustainable too!