My Favorite Frugal Things: My Kindle Fire

Welcome to a new A Frugal Chick Series “My Favorite Frugal Things”!  Jana, Christine and I will each tell you things that we consider frugal AND have saved us a ton of money!  Laura is posting this week!

I can not wax poetical enough to you about my Kindle Fire .  In the 18 or so months I have owned it I am certain I have used it every single day and I love it more than almost anything else I own (except Bella and my Ariat cowboy boots of course).

This series is supposed to be my favorite frugal things- I know it may seem odd to have an item this expensive on the list but trust me when I say this has saved me more than it cost.

Let’s take a quick look at my savings so far:

At current count I have 168 books on my Kindle- only one of which I paid any money for.  With a median price of about $5 a book that’s $840 worth of books (and some are worth much more than $5!)!

Additionally whenever I travel I always take a few books with me to read on the plane/in the car etc.  They take up a ton of room in my bag and I always seem to run out of book before I run out of travel.  This means that in some airport I drop $10 on a paperback from an author I probably don’t know that I never read again.  When I travel with my Kindle I have tons of books at my finger tips that take up a tenth of the space.  I estimate my Kindle has saved me about $50 in books (not to mention relieving the pressure of dragging all those books around!).

Also since I don’t like to spend the money to buy books very often I tend to check them out at the library.  As a result I regularly forget to take them back until they are a few days late.  So let’s say I have probably saved $15 in late fees in the last year and a half as well.

Those three simple examples have me up to over $900 that I have potentially saved by spending $119 on a Kindle Fire  (I bought mine refurbished so it was a bit cheaper).

If you have considered getting one I can not encourage you enough to check it out- it’s a great investment!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to


  1. Kat says

    I also use mine instead of a tablet. I bought it instead of an ipad, after using (& hating!) an ipad. My SO has a motorola xoom, and there really isn’t anything it does , except access google play, that my fire doesn’t do. And really, play would just cost me money! I have prime, student version and use the book lending and video watching in addition to the shipping! Way better than netflix! Also, my library (los angeles county) does e-book lending over the internet!