Typefaces That Won’t Break Your Bank

If you’re a student, intern, or just starting out as a freelancer, chances are your champagne typography taste is restricted by a beer budget. Building up a solid font library takes years, but everyone has to start somewhere right! Don’t be discouraged because there are still foundries to buy fonts that don’t require taking out a second mortgage on your home. There are a loads of affordable typefaces available and here are multiple places to find them.

The Designers Foundry

Previously known as Ten Dollar Fonts, this foundry has rebranded and repositioned itself as a platform for designers to sell and buy great typefaces. Every experience I’ve had with these guys has been positive, frequently sending me free updates of font’s I’ve purchased in the past and promotions for loyal customers.


A huge collection with price points starting at as little as $5. You’ll find many decent typefaces here and at a cost that’s likely less than your lunch.

You Work For Them

Plenty of very reasonably priced fonts to purchase here, they usually sit around $29.99. There are also stock images, vectors, brushes and more.

Lost Type Co-op

Lost Type works on a donation basis, so users have the opportunity to pay whatever they like for a font—you can even type in $0 for a free download. Chances are if you’re buying a font though, I can assume you’re a designer or something of the sort. If you spent an insanely long time perfecting a design and other people were benefitting from it—regardless of what it was—wouldn’t you want to be acknowledged for your efforts? Invest in your industry and donate some money.


While Typekit is primarily for web use, they have 1000+ desktop fonts ready for you to use. It’s a subscription model where the portfolio plan is $49.99 a year or included in your Adobe Creative Cloud.

Google Fonts

Good ole Google! You can find a few needles in this haystack if you really look for them, however naturally being free, they are overused because everyone has them. I saw a #100dayproject using Google fonts that did a great job using what was in this library.


Another subscription based model that relatively new to the market. The idea being that you rent the fonts by month and then they eventually become yours after a certain amount of time. Not a bad way to go about it really.

Use and Modify

This one is a little tricky as it’s full of half finished and imperfect typefaces. Depending on what you are looking for, the typefaces here may be a little too rough around the edges for you.

Have any more sites not on this list worth sharing? Let me know with a tweet and I’ll add them in. In the meantime you can download my typeface for free by subscribing to my newsletter. These links and more can be found on the resources page.

Based on an original post from April 2014

TypographyGabby Lord