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Top 6 Cheapest Ways to Get New Board Games

Many of the board games I have played and bought have ranged from $5 to $150 brand new. Most games, however, will be around $40. Which is not too bad. But I think it is safe to say many of us would prefer them for around $20-$25. On a side note, if you are just interested in cheaper games I have written articles about board games under $20best board games under $15best board games under $10. So if you are just looking for really inexpensive games, I would suggest starting there. If not please continue reading to find out the cheapest ways to get new board games.

What are the Cheapest Ways to Get New Board Games?

Well, there are a couple different ways. Some of which may be easier to implement than others. All of which should save you money, even if you are buying a game that could normally cost $100.

Here is a preview of options for buying board games cheap:

  1. Thrift Store/Garage Sale
  2. Online
  3. Local Stores
  4. Trading
  5. Borrowing
  6. Other Local Markets

My Top Choices

From the list, the ones I suggest are either buying from Amazon when discounted, Thrift Store/Garage Sales if you are okay with used games, or exchanging games with other players.

1.) Thrift Store/Garage Sale

This is by far one of my favorite ways to find new board games. As most places will offer a variety of games at a fraction of the cost. I have seen people find $60 board games for under $10.

The downside to this is it is most likely going to be used. So you may have a dent or a few scratches here and there on it. Furthermore, pieces can be missing from the board game. The bright side is that you can get two copies or maybe even three and still be getting a 50% discount from its original price. Another downside is that your selection will be pretty limited.

The other cool part about going to these places is the fact that you may come across some rare games. And be able to get them at a fraction of the cost. Then what you do from there is up to you. If you want, you could try to flip it make some cash and buy other games with the profits. Or maybe you will love the game and be happy you got it at such a great price.

Either way you slice it, buying cheap used board games from a thrift store or a garage sale is your best option most the time.

2.) Online

With growing competition between online competitors prices for all products have been becoming cheaper and cheaper. Which is great news for us.

So were on the internet do you go shopping for new games?

Well there are a few ways to go about this:

  • Amazon
  • Boardgamegeek
  • eBay
  • Google

Amazon is by far one of my favorite ways to buy just about anything. They have a great return policy and will help you out with bad sellers. The products are typically way cheaper than in store and are a steal if they are on a sale. (Which is how I got my new edition of Pandemic for $18.) Overall it is the easiest option and will often have some of the cheapest prices.

Next up is BoardGameGeek market, which allows players to list their games and sell them to others. Here you may be able to find a cheap used board game in great condition.

Ebay is similar to Amazon, except not as easy to sort through, but I do still search there from time to time. And if you look hard enough you can definitely find some cheap board games on Ebay.

And last but not least, Google has a shopping section that you can quickly type out what product you are looking for and see if any other sites offer it.

3.) Local Stores

It is always a good idea to check out your local board game store. They may have older games on clearance or offer store credit options. This would allow you to trade in your old games and get new ones for less.

Another option would be to check stores like Target that may carry board games in store. Although they typically have them at the highest possible price, they may have a sale. If it is good enough, you buy the game! If not? no worries.

4.) Trading

Trading can be done online and in person. For example, you could go to a board game convention and they may have a trading system set up. Here players may be allowed to set up their games and say what they want to trade them for. This is a really cool way to get new games as it may be set up to trade between 17 different people to get you that new game.

Another option for trading would be to go to the previous site mentioned, BoardGameGeek. Along with their market, they have a trading system set up where players can list what they want and trade with other players.

This is by far one of the cheapest ways to get new board games as you can upfront trade a game. Thus making your cost for the new game nothing!

5.) Borrowing

Borrowing is another cheap option to play new board games. There are a few ways you can go about this.

Some board game stores will offer rentals that will allow players to test out a game for say 10% of the cost. Then they will apply the cost to buying them game if you choose to do so. This option is great for those who are on the fence about buying a new game.

The next choice would be to just borrow from friends/family. This can typically be done for free and you could even switch games for a bit if need be.

The other option is using a website that is like the old Netflix before streaming came around or Gamefly. The name of the site is BoardGameExchange and their prices are as low as $16.99 a month. You simply select which board game you want to rent and then they ship it directly to you no extra cost. There are no due dates so you get to play the game for as long as you like. This is another great way to try out new games especially if you are in an area away from any big cities.

6.) Other Local Markets

Thanks to technology there are even more ways to find products from individual sellers locally. Certain apps can help you find board games from sellers in your area. This is best for those who are in densely populated areas. Some of these options are listed below:

  • The Facebook Market
  • OfferUp App
  • LetGo
  • 5 Miles

All of these apps can help you find nearby people selling board games. However, do take precaution, as some of these people try to sell the games for high prices to make a profit and always be safe when meeting with strangers. Always be sure you reference with at least Amazon first.

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10 Best Board Games Under $10

Many of the board games today cost roughly $40 dollars or more to buy, and at times that can be a little too much to dish out at one time. So to help with this I have created this list of Best Board Games Under $10, along with our other budget friendly articles: 7 Amazing Board Games Under $20 and 8 of the Best Board Games Under $15. With the help of all three of these lists, I hope that you will be able to find suitable board games that won’t kill your wallet.

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Best Board Games Under $10

1.) Sushi Go!

Sushi Go is a fast-paced card game where players eat at a sushi restaurant and are try to grab the best combinations of sushi dishes to score the most points. Collecting the most rolls of sushi and completing sets of sashimi are just a few of the ways players can score points. Also if something gets dipped in wasabi the value is tripled. The game is fairly short and contains a draft mechanism at the start, as players must first draft their hands then the pass and grab style of play begins.

Sushi Go is definitely one of the top board games under $10.

2.) Monopoly Deal

The concept of Monopoly Deal was to design a game that would take the fun of playing Monopoly and compact it all into a fifteen-minute game, it was accomplished. Players will get the thrill of building their own Monopolies as they compete to be the first person to collect three full property sets of different colors. This is done through drawing and purchasing the needed property cards. Furthermore, the use of action cards and house/hotel cards can be used to either help you or hinder your opponents. Although, all cards in the game do have some sort of cash value to them.

3.) Coup

Coup is an extremely fun game where players try to manipulate, bluff, and bribe their way to power, while destroying their opponents influence (character cards). The influence or character cards allow a player to do certain actions such as pay three coins and assassinate another player’s character. The catch is you do not actually have to the character card, you just have to be able to bluff well enough to not get challenged for using that action. However, if a player does challenge you and you do not have the appropriate card to show them you lose one of your influence cards and if they are wrong when they challenge you they lose one of theirs. This continues until only one player has influence left making them the winner.

Coup is by far one of my top suggestions for our board games under $10 list, and if you have not already played it I would highly suggest trying it out.

4.) Dragon Slayer

In Dragon Slayer, players take on the roles of highly renowned dragon slayers, competing to be named the master slayer. You will hunt the most ferocious beast in hopes of winning the competition.

Dragon Slayer is a simple push your luck game were you and your fellow dragon slayers will continue to repeat the dragon hunt until you decide to stop. The most notable aspect of this game is the challenge aspect, as players may challenge other players to do dangerous things. But if a player is to succeed and complete the challenge they are rewarded appropriately. To win the game a player must become the master slayer.

5.) Hanabi

In Hanabi, players must work together to make the most amazing fireworks show ever. To do this, players must try to place out cards number 1-5 of the same color in the correct order. The catch for this game is that you cannot see your own hand only your teammates can. Giving hints is the only way your team will ever be able to figure out which cards to play. Furthermore, Hanabi is one of the top cooperative board games that can be purchased for roughly $10.

6.) Love Letter

In Love Letter, players are competing to be the first person in the game to give their letter to Princess Annette. While in the process of getting your letter to her you will have to defend yourself from her other secret lovers. Who are out to ensure she never sees your love letter. However, you may also sabotage other players, but be careful as you may make yourself a target. Furthermore, if you are looking for board games to play with your spouse this is a great affordable option.

7.) No Thanks!

No Thanks is a super simple game that is also very engaging and fun, as players try to avoid having the highest value of cards in their hand at the end of the game. Each turn a player has two options: either play a chip to avoid picking up the current card or pick up the card and any chips that have been played on it. Cards ranging in value from 3-35 make it crucial for players to avoid the higher valued cards. While the chips decrease the value of your hand by 1 point each.

8.) Wits & Wagers

Wits & Wagers is a great party board game like Catch Phrase where players get to guess on trivia questions and then bet on who they think is right.

The betting aspect of this game is what makes it super fun. Allowing those who are not trivia buffs to still have a chance and enjoy the game. Furthermore, this can help with any gambling addictions a player might have. Also, it can accommodate up to 20 people.

9.) Zombie Dice

Zombie Dice is another push your luck game like Dragon Slayer where players try to collect 13 brains to win. Each turn consists of rolling three dice in an attempt to collect brains. After rolling your first set, you may decide to roll again which may reward you or harm you. Because if you end up rolling three shotgun blast in one turn, your turn will end. Causing you to receive no brains for this round.

10.) Tichu

Tichu is a partnership climbing card game where teams compete to get to 1000 points first. The way players obtain points is by playing their cards and preferably emptying their hand first. Resulting in the opponents losing points based on what cards are in their hands. There are also risky calls that can be made such as Tichu and Grand Tichu. Which if done successfully can earn a team 100 or 200 points. If the attempt is failed that team loses the same amount of points that they would have earned.

I hope you have enjoyed our list of Best Board Games Under $10. If you would like to make any suggestions please post them in the comments. Furthermore, if you are looking for more ways to get board games cheaply check out our Affordable Board Games Category.

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7 Amazing Board Games under $20

This article was made with the same intentions as our other articles 8 of the Best Board Games Under $15 and 10 Top Board Games Under $10. To help you with finding the best possible alternatives to those expensive board games that are often $40 plus and can easily hit $100 dollars.

Here are my top picks from the list:

  • Codenames
  • Lost Cities
  • Battle Line

Best Board Games Under $20

1.)  Codenames

Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging gameplay. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

The game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. Or you can add more players if you prefer lively discussion. There is also a cooperative variant where a single team tries to achieve the highest score they can by playing against the game itself.

*Codenames was also the winner of Board Game of the Year in 2016.

2.) Go

Go is has been renowned as being one of the most elegant brain-burning abstract games in history, with players trying to claim territory by walling off sections of the board and surrounding each other’s stones. The objective of the game is to control as much territory as possible on the board often times by walling off your opponent. The game can end either when the board becomes full or when both players agree to end it.

3.) The Resistance

The Resistance is an intense game in which players must support their cause while possible fooling the others depending on if they are either Imperial Spies or Resistance Operatives. If a player is assigned to being an Imperial Spy they must keep their identity under wraps and sabotage the Resistance missions. While on the other hand, if a player is a Resistance Operative they must weed out these spies through their deductive skills and ensure the success of the Resistance.

This game is playable with 5-10 players making one of the best larger group games in our list of board games under $20.

4.) Battle Line

Battle Line is a capture the flag card game in which players win by taking 5 of the 9 flags or 3 adjacent flags.  It plays like rummy or poker, is easy to learn, and has the strategy and the ability to provide surprises to your opponent.

This game is a rethemed version of Schotten Totten with flag bits in place of the boundary stones. The game plays the same except cards go from 1 to 10 and you hold 7 cards instead of 6.

5.) Codenames: Pictures

Codenames: Picture is a variation from the game Codenames in which players must use the clues they are given, pictures this time, to find and get into contact with other secret agents, as the teams race to contact all their agents.

6.) One Night Ultimate Werewolf

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a 10-minute game which you can play multiple times over back to back in which 3-10 players take the role of the following characters:

Good guys

  • Seer is granted the ability to view one other player’s card
  • Troublemaker has the ability to switch the cards between two players
  • Robber is able to steal the card from another player and become that card

Bad Guys

  • Werewolf gets to know all the players on their team of “Bad Guys”
  • Minion knows who the werewolves are but is trying to misdirect everyone
  • Tanner is not really on any team but wants everyone to think they are the werewolf because if they vote for him he wins

After taking the roles, player try to figure out who the werewolf is after one “night.” This game can also be played by using the app in accordance with the board game.

7.) Lost Cities

Lost Cities is a card game that consist of a single deck of cards ranked 2-10 in five different colors plus 3 special handshake cards in each suite. Furthermore, there is a board which functions only to organize the discarded cards in each suite.

This is considered a good couples game and the typical game only last fifteen minutes.

The object the game is to gain points by mounting profitable archaeological expeditions to the different sites represented by the 5 colors. Players keep playing the game until the draw pile runs out at which time the players discard what is left in their hands and tally up the scores. The player with the most points wins.

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8 of the Best Board Games Under $15

Board games can get expensive quick and sometimes you just don’t have $40 dollars or more to spend on a single board game. Although others may just be looking for more bang for their buck, if you do not have $15 for a board game our best board games under $10 is for you. If you want to spend a little more I would suggest also checking out our best board games under $20.

Regardless of your case, I am here to help you out.

Best Board Games Under $15

Twilight Squabble

Twilight Squabble is a card game set in 1947 in which a new conflict is established between the United States of America and the Soviet Union in the twilight of World War II. This game is a shorter version of Twilight Struggle and definitely a much more affordable variation.

Star Realms

Star Realms is a fast paced deckbuilding game that has similar combat style of a trading card game. To win the game players must work towards reducing their opponent’s Authority Score to zero. Players may acquire ships and bases from the Trade Row which are cards turned face up from the Trade Deck. After acquiring these new cards players must then decide whether to use them to further their trade or their combat dominance.


Tichu is a card game in which players must simply get rid of their hand while hopefully scoring a good amount of points. As players are racing to get to 1,000 points first each card has a set value of points. For example, 5’s are worth 5 points, 10’s are worth 10, and Kings are worth 15.

There are many ways for players to score points such as calling Tichu which means that if they can empty their hand on their first turn they get 100 bonus points. There is also a Grand Tichu call that can be made which can result in a bonus 200 points. The catch to both of these is if you make the call and are wrong you lose that many points.

Love Letter

Love Letter is a 2-4 player game in which players are trying to get their love letters into Princess Annette’s hand while blocking off the letters of other suitors. The deck consists of sixteen cards in which players start with one card each in their hand. Some cards can be very strong and others very weak. To win the game players must strategically decide when to play which cards to keep them in the game but to also not make them a huge target for each player.

Hanabi Card Game

Hanabi is a cooperative card game in which players have one simple task. . . to make the greatest fireworks show by placing their cards on the table in the proper order. The cards are in five different colors and are labeled 1-5 to make things even easier for you. Except it is not really that easy.

The game adds a whole new level of challenge by requiring each player to hold their hands in a way that only the other players are able to see their cards. This is the challenging part to the game as players must work together to make the perfect fireworks show before they run out of cards.

So if you enjoy working with others for the greater good this is the game for you! Not to mention it is only $10.35 on Amazon and also won Board Game of the Year in 2013 making it a great fit for the best board games under $15

Friday Board Game

Friday is a unique solitaire deck-building game in which you the player must help Robinson Crusoe survive the island and prepare to defeat the incoming pirates.

The whole basis of this game is preparing to defeat two incoming pirate ships with the deck that you have constructed. The way you construct the deck is by each turn defeating one of the hazards of the island with a fight card. If a player is successful in doing so the hazard card turns into a fight card and is added to their deck. However, if a player is unable to defeat the hazard the player will lose a life token and have the opportunity to remove a played fight card from their deck.

This is a unique cheap game for someone who enjoys single player games and also wants something relatively quick as the game time is only thirty minutes.

Sushi Go!

Sushi Go! is a crazy fast and crazy fun card game in which players must try to make the best combinations of sushi to get the most points. Players score points through some of the following methods

  • Collecting the most sushi rolls
  • Making a full set of sashimi
  • The use of wasabi to increase point possibilities

This game is a lot of fun and is super simple. You get to make strategic plays with which cards to keep and which cards to get rid in order to benefit your self and harm your opponents.

Coup (The Dystopian Universe)

Coup is a strategic card game in which players must use deductive and bluffing skills to conquer their opponents.

Players are given influence cards and coins in which they may use to complete certain actions. There are five influence cards each of which has their own unique abilities listed below.

  • Assassin: Pay three coins and try to assassinate another player’s character.
  • Contessa: Block an assassination attempt against yourself.
  • Captain: Take two coins from another player, or block someone from stealing coins from you.
  • Duke: Take three coins from the treasury. Block someone from taking foreign aid.
  • Ambassador: Draw two character cards from the Court (the deck), choose which (if any) to exchange with your face-down characters, then return two. Block someone from stealing coins from you.

On each players turn they have the option of using one of the abilities listed above whether they have that influence card or not or use one of the actions below.

  • Income: Take one coin from the treasury.
  • Foreign aid: Take two coins from the treasury.
  • Coup: Pay seven coins and launch a coup against an opponent, forcing that player to lose an influence.

If players decide to use an action from one of the influences cards another player may challenge them at which time two things can happen. The player being challenged can flip the appropriate influence card to show that they have it which will result in the challenging player losing one of theirs. After that, the player who was challenged must put the influence card they showed back in the deck and draw a new one. The other option that can happen is if the challenged player is unable to prove they have that card at which time they must lose on of their influence cards.

This is an important part of the game as the last player with an influence card wins. Also as a side note, I would not suggest playing this with two players. I have tried it and it is not nearly as fun with more players.

Conclusion: Any of these games are great options. It just depends on which one is best suited for you. But they are all relatively cheap. So you may be able to get two or three of them to try out. If there are other games that you feel should be a part of the best board games under $15 then please feel free to post it in the comments. Also please go check out our Affordable Board Games Category for more great game options.

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