How to Get Tons of Free Books

How to get tons of free books

I love to read when I get the chance, but I don’t love the price tag that goes along with reading.  Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to get books or digital books for Free!

Here is how to get tons of free books if you’re on a budget:

Where to Find Free Paperback Books:

The Library: The library is the first place I check if there’s a particular book I want to read.  The only downfall is that there’s usually a waiting list because the books I want to read are usually newer books.  There’s been only a couple of occasions when I’m not able to find the book I want.

Friends: Often times friends of mine already own books that I want to read so I tend to ask around first before I buy.  Of course, I return the favour if I own a book someone want to read.

Swagbucks: While this is not an instant gratification method to getting free books because it takes time to earn Swag Bucks, it’s still worth a mention!  I like to collect Swag Bucks and then redeem them for Amazon gift cards (and Starbucks cards…)  There are plenty of ways to earn Swag Bucks.  Searching the web, shopping online, daily polls, surveys, watching videos and more!  Check out this post for 6 Ways to Earn More Swagbucks.

Where to Find Free eBooks:

Noisetrade: Noisetrade features a great selection of ebooks (and audiobooks) for free.  I’ve gotten quite a few interesting reads from Noisetrade!

eReaderGirl: Check daily for free ebooks, including PDF’s, NOOK, and Kindle versions.

BookBub: BookBub is fairly new to me.  My mom sent me a link to check it out and I signed up!  BookBub alerts you to limited-time free and discounted ebooks matching your interests.

Amazon: Do a search for Free ebooks by either typing in “0.00″ or “free kindle ebooks”.

Story Cartel: This one is neat and practically anyone can use Story Cartel! All books on Story Cartel are completely free, but in return you support authors by leaving your honest review, whether good or bad, of the book you downloaded.

Blog email newsletters: Follow your favourite blogs and sign up for their email newsletter if they offer any ebooks they’ve written for free!  This is a great way to support those bloggers you love! has over 1 million ebook titles available for you to read!

Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Kobo eBookstore: Visit the Kobo store for a list of Free ebooks

While I’m still a fan of paperback books, my love for eBooks has been growing.  I purchased a Kindle ereader last year and I’ve been loving it ever since.  It’s not easy to carry around hundreds of books at the same time otherwise! ;) Amazon also has a free app that will allow you to read Kindle books on your computer, smartphone or tablet. In case your ebook collection has been growing too, here’s how I organized the PDF’s on my computer.

I’d love to hear all your ideas on how you find free books and ebooks in the comments!

SnapSaves: Bonus Offers Sneak Peek for July 23 – 29, 2014



Here is a sneak peek at the bonus offers that may be available to you this week from SnapSaves!  Keep in mind that not all bonus offers are available to all users.

  • Wednesday July 23: Okra
  • Thursday July 24: Red bell pepper
  • Friday July 25: Lime
  • Saturday July 26: Cantaloupe
  • Sunday July 27: Enoki mushrooms
  • Monday July 28: Zucchini
  • Tuesday July 29: any Croissants

I love the offers for fresh fruits and vegetables!

Log in or sign up at SnapSaves to see if these offers are available to you.

Zweet Cash Back Offers for July 23 – 29, 2014


Here are this week’s Zweet cash-back offers! You can download the app here.  These offers are available from July 23 – 29, 2014.

  • $0.25 off Strawberries
  • $0.25 off Raspberries
  • $0.25 off Cherries
  • $0.25 off Blueberries
  • $0.25 off Grapes
  • $0.25 off Tomatoes
  • $0.25 off Avocado
  • $0.25 off Mushrooms
  • $0.25 off Cucumbers
  • $0.25 off Onions
  • $2.00 off Biotrue Multi-Purpose Solution Double Cash Back on Travel

ebates travel deals

Doing some traveling this summer and you need a hotel?  Book through and receive double cash-back on many travel related businesses!  Here’s a selection:

  • 5% cash back at Hyatt hotels (was 2.5%)
  • 9% cash back at Holiday Inn (was 4.5%)
  • 8% cash back with (was 4%)
  • 5% cash back at Best Western (was 2.5%)
  • 8% cash back with (was 4%)

Start shopping through now.

Offers end July 29, 2014.

Free Cookbook Download from Costco Canada

simply delicious costco


Download Simply Delicious The Costco Way, a free cookbook from Costco Canada!  The recipes use Costco products but other brands can easily be substituted!


GAP Canada Final Sale: Save up to 75% off

gap final sale

The Final Sale is on now at GAP Canada and things are going fast!  Save up to 75% off a big selection of clothes for women, men, kids and babies!

There’s also a coupon code available that will save you 30% off regular priced women’s and men’s styles:

Use coupon code: GAPPERK
Expires: July 23, 2014

Shop online at GAP Canada now.

Hudson’s Bay: 60% off Pillows and Duvets

hudson's bay pillows

Save 60% off select pillows and duvets during today’s Flash Sale online at!

See the pillow selection here.
See the Duvet selection here.

Sale valid July 23, 2014 only. Office and Stationary Deals from $1

printer paper

I’m in need of some paper for my printer so this deal on multi-purpose paper from Walmart for just $3.00 caught my eye!  I also came across several other Rollbacks on office supplies that may interest you.  Such as:

See all of the Office & Stationary Rollbacks here.

The Benefits of Being Intentional

Benefits of Being Intentional

I’m sharing a bit of my life with you today.  I hope to do this more often, because Simply Frugal is my “voice” and behind my voice there is more than coupons, freebies and sales! :)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  About life in general but also about being intentional.  Intentionality is something that has been lacking in my life to some degree for some time now.  Since becoming a mother just over two years ago, I’ve really noticed my need to be more intentional.  It’s taken me getting to some of my lowest points in my life to come to the realization that things aren’t just going to get better without some work and intentionality. Whining won’t fix it either ;)

Relationships, the website and other areas of my life have taken a hit.  I’m sad, because those things are important to me!  But I guess I needed the lesson of hitting bottom in order to wake up with a new zest for life.  While I’ll always be a work in progress, I feel as though I know some of the steps I need to take at this moment in order to gain traction.

Being intentional has many benefits:

  • Better relationships
  • Better grip on finances
  • Better time management
  • The creation of things that have impact
  • More rest
  • More happiness

Here’s how, I intend on implementing more intentionality into some areas of my life:

Relationships:  Speak kind and encouraging words to friends and family, especially my husband.  Less whining (especially in front of my husband.)

Finances: Create a budget and keep track of all spending and income, thus creating more intentional spending habits.

Time: Make to-do lists every day.  I flounder without a list and I’ve too often gone without a list and felt discouraged at the end of the day because I “didn’t get anything done”.

Menu planning: I plan on revamping my menu plan system to create something really easy to follow.  Stay tuned for details

Simply Frugal:  Along with the daily coupons, deals and freebies, I want to create helpful products for you that will help you be more intentional in your life.  I’ll roll out more details as they become clearer to me.

Myself: Take time to read Take naps on Sunday afternoon if I feel like it.  Take time away from the website to enjoy a morning out and not feel guilty “a certain number of posts” aren’t up.  Because it’s only me behind Simply Frugal, I feel a lot of pressure to do all.the.things. all.the.time.

Mothering: Take the time to talk and snuggle with Sienna.  Also take the time needed to implement some discipline even if it isn’t “convenient” for me at the time. (Does unruly behaviour ever come at a convenient time?)

Friends, how are you doing?  Are you struggling with any areas in your life?  Do you need to implement more intentionality into your life? How can I help?

Checkout 51 Sneak Peek: Cash Back Offers for July 24 – 30, 2014


Here is the new Checkout 51 sneak peek with cash-back offers beginning on July 24, 2014!  The offers will expire at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  Download the Checkout 51 app here.

Any variety.
Cash back: $0.25

Hellmann’s® with Olive Oil
890 mL size.
Cash back: $0.75

Dove Men+Care products
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
Cash back: $2.00

Dove anti-perspirant
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel sizes.
Cash back: $1.50

International Delight Iced Coffee
1.89 L carton, any variety.
Cash back: $1.00

Nutri-Grain* cereal bars
Any variety.
Cash back: $1.00

Special K* Pastry Crisps
Any variety.
Cash back: $1.00

ET TU Salad Kits
120 g – 132 g box, any variety.
Cash back: $1.00

Club House La Grille 30 Minute Marinades
Any variety.
Cash back: $1.50

McCain Homestyle Red Skin Potato products
750 g size, Homestyle Red Skin Wedges, Straight Cut fries and Chunks.
Cash back; $1.00

Kashi* Gluten-Free Organic cereals
292 g box.
Cash back: $1.50

Select Similac products
Valid on any Similac Advance with Omega-3 & 6 and Similac Go & Grow with Omega-3 & 6, 658 g SimplePac powder, Similac Partially Broken Down Protein with Omega-3 & 6, 638 g SimplePac powder.
Cash back: $5.00

Simple® Skincare
Any variety. Excludes trial and travel size.
Cash back: $2.00

Vaseline® Spray Lotion
Any variety of 184 g Vaseline Spray & Go™ moisturizer or Vaseline Men® spray lotion.
Cash back: $2.00

Clear Eyes® Eye Drops
Any variety.
Cash back: $1.00

Patak’s Sauce, Paste & Chutney
Any variety. Excludes 200 mL Cooking Sauces for 2.
Cash back: $1.00

McCormick Authentic Asian Recipe Mixes
Any authentic flavour variety.
Cash back: $1.00