Dollars & Sense, Tip #9: How I Save Money on Books

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Anyone who knows me knows that one thing I am passionate about is books. I LOVE BOOKS!!! I have always loved to read and have always enjoyed reading to my children, probably more than they enjoy it! Especially with homeschooling, books are essential.

Over the years I have learned a little about how to find books for less money. I hardly ever pay full retail price for a book and if I do, you know it must be an extra special book!

I thought that for Dollars & Sense Tip #9 I would share with you my tips on how I find books for less money.

  1. First, you can always use the library if it is a book that you don’t need to own for any reason. Our library system pulls from all over the entire state of South Carolina and so we have access to so many books. It really works great for homeschooling.
  2. I always keep an eye out for books at yard sales. I have been able to find books at yard sales for as little as 10¢ each! You never know what your going to find at yard sales though, so make sure you aren’t buying books you don’t need just because they are so cheap. My shelves have filled up so fast that way!
  3. I also find a lot of books at the Goodwill and Thrift Stores.
  4. Shopping at Consignment sales is always great for books as well. There are several semi-annual sales around here, including homeschool materials that I look forward to.
  5. When I am looking for a specific book that I need, I will put it in my Amazon wish list. I will try to check the price as often as I can remember because prices on Amazon change constantly. I always look at the difference between the brand new price and the used ones to make sure I’m getting the best deal. Also, if I’m buying used I try to stick with Good or above for the quality rating. Another thing to remember when buying used on Amazon is to check the seller’s rating and see where it is coming from. It can sometimes take weeks to arrive, depending on where it’s coming from.
  6. Our library used to have quarterly booksales, but they recently changed over to a used book store. I try to visit there about once a month or so. They also run specials periodically. Used books stores can be a great place to find used books, just do some research and make sure you know what is a good price for used compared with new.
  7. You can also check on Ebay, and Thriftbooks. Just like with Amazon, make sure you know what is a good price and consider the shipping costs as well.
  8. If there are books your kids want or you need for school, you can ask relatives who buy your kids Christmas and birthday gifts to buy them for those occasions as their gift. I have done this a few times.
  9. A lot of people love e-books, though I don’t care for them very much. I have heard that you can get many titles for free to download on tablets and other devices.
  10. You may be able to consider borrowing from a friend, if you know someone who has a book that you need. Or even consider a book swap with friends who have kids of similar ages and want to switch up their book collection.


How do you save money on books? I love hearing new ideas about finding books for less!



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