I've done my homework when it comes to reading manga on a tight budget, because I do have various financial limitations too. I don't get to buy manga as often as I like because of my financial situation, but when I can treat myself to it, I make sure to do it as sparingly as I possibly can with money. I don't know of any legal streaming sites for manga either (though I'll admit, it'd be awesome if they existed), but there are typically other options.
mechana2015 wrote:Also in the vein of saving money, look for omnibus editions. They'll be 3 volumes in one book for about 15 dollars (or about 12 on amazon), saving you 15-20 dollars on those 3 books.
I do read most manga at my library. I don't typically have to worry about long waits and such, but I'm fairly lucky in that sense because I live in a large city. Definitely check your library to see if there are any good series there, and if so, enjoy them to your heart's content without having to worry about paying for them!
If I see something I *really* want to buy because I love it enough to and/or can't find it at my library, I'll most likely turn to Amazon. Depending on what I'm looking for, I usually find very low prices, regardless of shipping. I'll usually wait until I'm at a point when I know I'll have enough money (birthday money, Christmas money, somehow find a gift card, etc.) and then buy several "used" volumes at low prices until I reach $25. Amazon-fulfilled packages that cost at least $25 are eligible for free shipping, and packing them with cheap and used manga helps make sure that I will have the best deal possible. Omnibus editions also help add bulk to an order of manga without taking up all $25. I got about $110 worth of manga for less than a third of that price when I got some money for my last birthday.
Do make sure to check other sites to see if anywhere else is offering it cheaper, though. Believe it or not, I got a really good deal on Barnes & Noble's website once. I wanted a rare, out-of-print volume that was going for around $100 on Amazon (which my financial situation *definitely* wouldn't have allowed, but I wouldn't have paid that much for it even if it did). Sure enough, hardcore research and persistent refusal to buy at such a high price helped me find the volume for $11 at B&N's online store, which was the actual list price along with tax. Snagged one of the very last copies.