6 Ways to Avoid Paying Full Price at Barnes & Noble

Photo by Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com

In an age of digital media, bookstores might appear to be headed for the same fate as the dodo. But millions of us still love to browse for actual books. After all, it’s tough to shake the addictive pleasure of using our fingertips to turn real, crisp, paper-and-ink pages.

If you’re a book lover, Barnes & Noble probably holds a special place in your heart. And the nationwide bookseller offers several ways to trim the expense of your favorite books and other merchandise.

Following are six ways to cut the cost of purchases at Barnes & Noble.

Become a Barnes & Noble member

Pay $25 annually to become a member of Barnes & Noble, and in about a week, you’ll get an email with $50 in coupons.

You’ll also receive 40 percent off hardcover bestsellers and 10 percent off almost everything else every time you shop in the store. Membership also means free express shipping — with no minimum — and access to special savings throughout the year.

Check out the sale page on the Barnes & Noble website

Stop by the Barnes & Noble website and check out the Sale webpage for the latest bargains.

When we last checked, a hardcover copy of the beloved Jane Austen classic “Pride and Prejudice” was available for just $5 — a 50 percent savings.

Sign up for the Barnes & Noble Kids’ Club

When you register for the Barnes & Noble Kids’ Club, you’re entitled to purchase one book or toy for your child at 30 percent off the list price. You’ll also score a $5 reward for every $100 you spend on kids’ merchandise, with a limit of four rewards annually.

And your kiddo will really love this one: a free cupcake from the Barnes & Noble cafe on his or her birthday!

Open a Barnes & Noble credit card account

Open up a Barnes & Noble-branded MasterCard, and you will earn 5 percent back on every purchase you make at the retailer. The reward is delivered on your credit, and applies to downloads you purchase for the Nook reader, too.

After your first purchase, you’ll get a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. You’ll also earn two points for every dollar spent at a restaurant, and one point for every dollar spent elsewhere. Accumulate 2,500 points and cash them in for a $25 gift card.

After spending $7,500, you’ll also receive a free year of Barnes & Noble membership.

Remember, it typically only makes sense to open a credit card account like this if you pay off the balance each month. Carrying a balance will rack up fees that quickly wipe out any savings the card offers.

Buy discounted Barnes & Noble gift cards

You can cut your costs further by purchasing Barnes & Noble gift cards at online discount gift card sites, such as Raise and Cardpool.

Recently, Raise was offering Barnes & Noble gift cards at up to a 6.8 percent discount. Cardpool was offering the retailer’s cards at a whopping 11 percent off.

Shop through a cash-back site

When you shop through a cash-back website, you’ll earn money back on your purchase. For example, Ebates recently offered shoppers 3 percent back on purchases at Barnes & Noble. All you have to do is sign up at the site, type in a search for “Barnes & Noble,” click the link and begin shopping.

Other sites that offer similar services include:

Do you know of other great tips for saving at Barnes & Noble? Share them by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
8 Common and Costly Homebuying Myths
8 Common and Costly Homebuying Myths

Think you’re ready to buy a house? Don’t fall victim to these rookie mistakes.

5 Simple Steps to an Awesome Retirement
5 Simple Steps to an Awesome Retirement

The path to your dream retirement begins with these five steps. How many have you already taken?

7 Mistakes Guaranteed to Ruin Your Retirement
7 Mistakes Guaranteed to Ruin Your Retirement

Make even one of these money mistakes, and you’ll probably end up eating ramen noodles in your golden years.

Eat This Food If You Want to Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease
Eat This Food If You Want to Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease

One type of food associated with the Mediterranean diet offers especially large benefits.

10 Expenses You Should Not Put on a Credit Card
10 Expenses You Should Not Put on a Credit Card

Sometimes it’s simply safer to keep the plastic tucked away.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

11 Things Retirees Should Always Buy at Costco
11 Things Retirees Should Always Buy at Costco

This leader in bulk shopping is a great place to find discounts in the fixed-income years.

Over 50? The CDC Says You Need These 4 Vaccines
Over 50? The CDC Says You Need These 4 Vaccines

Fall is the time to schedule vaccines that can keep you healthy — and even save your life.

11 Senior Discounts for Anyone Age 55 or Older
11 Senior Discounts for Anyone Age 55 or Older

There is no need to wait until you’re 65 to take advantage of so-called “senior” discounts.

11 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous
11 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous

When you get the impulse to stockpile these everyday items, pay close attention to their expiration dates.

8 Things You Can Get for Free at Pharmacies
8 Things You Can Get for Free at Pharmacies

In this age of higher-priced drugs and complex health care systems, a trip to the pharmacy can spark worry. Freebies sure do help.

These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020
These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020

Medicare Advantage customers themselves rate these plans highest.

7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast
7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

Your financial security might soon depend upon the strength of your credit score.

The 10 Most Commonly Stolen Vehicles in America
The 10 Most Commonly Stolen Vehicles in America

A new model parks atop the list of vehicles that thieves love to pilfer.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree
19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

These jobs pay more than the typical job in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required.

5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free
5 Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Hesitant to drop $119 a year on an Amazon Prime membership? Here’s how to get it for free.

10 Reasons Why You Should Actually Retire at 62
10 Reasons Why You Should Actually Retire at 62

If you can, here are several good reasons to retire earlier than we’re told to.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

26 States That Do Not Tax Social Security Income
26 States That Do Not Tax Social Security Income

These states won’t tax any of your Social Security income — and in some cases, other types of retirement income.

14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare
14 Things That Are ‘Free’ With Medicare

These services could save you money and help prevent costly health problems.

5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles
5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles

Pushing your car to 200,000 miles — and beyond — can save you piles of cash. Here’s how to get there.

5 Things That Make Life More Meaningful for Retirees
5 Things That Make Life More Meaningful for Retirees

Retirees agree: These are the things that give them purpose and fulfillment in their golden years.

15 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now
15 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach
10 Things You Should Never Do With Bleach

Does the pandemic have you reaching for bleach more than ever before? Learn the ins and outs of using this powerful disinfectant.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.