Our Family

Our Family

Monday, March 3, 2008

Buying Books

We LOVE books! We LOVE to read! Homeschooling and buying books on a budget is a bit of a challenge and since the nearest bookstore is an hour away most of what I buy is online. Here are some money saving tips I have learned along the way.
1. Use your library as much as possible. Even small town libraries can have some great books to choose from.
2. Ebay. Anything you want you can find it on ebay. Search for books sold in "lots" it will save you money compared to paying seperate shipping on each book. Also, if you find something you are interested in buying, check out the sellers other auctions. Most of the time they will offer a shipping discount. I bought 14 books from the same seller in three different auctions. I paid a total of $8.00 for the books and only $3.68 to ship all of them.
3.Amazon.com If you shop the amazon store and spend $25 or more, shipping is free. If you are shopping for used books, you can find some for as little as .01 with a $3.99 shipping charge.
4. Half.com If you are shopping on half.com, check out the sellers store for other books you may be interested in buying. Unlike Amazon, half.com gives you a shipping discount if you buy more than one book from the same seller. The first book is a $3.50 shipping charge, and other books from the same seller are only $1.89 shipping charge. Also right now half.com has a refer a friend program and after you make a purchase you can refer people who have never bought on this site before. They will receive a coupon for $5 off a $10 purchase. For each person that uses that coupon, you will receive $5 off a $10 purchase coupon.
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