Saving Money on Books

by Marcy on March 13, 2008 · 0 comments

I love to read. When I think about the things that I truly love to do, reading is the one thing that has remained constant in my life. Because I love to read so much, I am constantly buying books for my daughter. And so far she loves to read too. :)

Today I stopped by a “Half Price Books” store to see what they had in their kids section. I had stopped in before Christmas and found lots of great deals…and was surprised at how many new or like new items I found. The purpose of my trip today was to look for books for my daughter’s Easter basket. I am happy to report that I had a pretty successful trip. I was able to buy the 6 books in the picture above for $28.18. When I looked up the price of these same books online at Amazon, I would have paid $57.71 with no discounts and free shipping. That is a savings of $29.53!

I should note that all but the “My Little Counting Book” are in new or like new condition. The “My Little Counting Book” has 2 ink marks on the back cover and one ink dot on the binding. I asked the cashier if he would consider marking the book down and he said no problem. Imagine my shock when I got to my car and saw that he gave it to me for $1.00! It was ticketed $4.98.

Now I don’t know about you, but my child is hard on books. They don’t stay in “like new” condition for very long. Normally I buy very few “gently used” items (yes, you can call me a snob). However, I have no problem buying these board books (some of which are new), bringing them home, wiping them down with an antibacterial spray and handing them over to my daughter.

How about you? Do you have a favorite discount book store that you frequent? What are some of your tips for saving money on books…either kids or adult books. Besides using the library and reading books for free of course. :)
Edit: Be sure to check out Kacie’s post about selling books to Half Price Books if you have some around the house that you would like to get rid of. Right before I had my daughter, I took a bunch of business books that I had collected from various training and college courses over the years and sold them. I didn’t make much, but it was better than nothing.

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