Are you an avid reader? Are you trying to instill a
love of reading in your children?
My whole family loves to read! Right before bedtime
every night, every one of us can be found with our
nose in a book!
It would be very easy for us to spend a fortune every
month on books. But, since we don't have a fortune
to spend every month, over the years I've found several
ways to get good books and never pay full price!
1. Garage and yard sales are a prime source for both
hardback and paperback books. There are people who will
buy a book, read it once, and they're ready to get
rid of it. I pick up lots of books at yard sales and
never pay more than 50 cents each.
2. Used bookstores are another place to find good
reading material. Store policies differ but most do
something like sell the books at half the cover price.
If you bring in books to trade, a store will usually
give you credit for one-fourth of the original purchase
price. I sometimes buy books at garage sales for
50 cents, read the book, and take it to the used book
store where I get more than my 50 cents in credit.
If I find a book in very good condition at a yard sale
for less than 50 cents, I will buy it even if I don't
want to read it because I can trade it in for credit
at the used bookstore.
3. Trading with friends and family is yet another way
to get good reading material. My mom and I live 200
miles apart, but we always have a bag of books to trade
whenever we visit each other. After we've both read a
book, then it goes to the used bookstore.
4. I have recently discovered that the Dollar Stores in
our area (and probably in yours, too) have books,
hardback and paperback, for $1.00 each. The selection is
not very large, but they have fiction and non-fiction and
books for grown-ups and children, too. A book can make
a great gift and at a $1.00 price it makes good economic
5. Bookstore chain stores, like Hastings, have clearance
tables somewhere in the store all the time. It takes
some time to look through them, but I have bought many
gifts from these clearance tables.
6. If you know of a book you'd really like to have, why
not just let your family know? Your mom or your sister
or husband would probably love to give you a gift for
Christmas or your birthday that is something that they
know you really want.
7. And don't forget your local library! The library is
a wonderful place to get a book you've been wanting to
read without having to buy it. You can also read the
latest issues of most magazines at the library.
I consider public libraries to be one of the "finer
things in life"!
So, if you, too, are an avid reader, or if you're
guiding your children to a lifetime love of reading,
there are lots of ways to "read on the cheap"!
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--What is learned with pleasure is never forgotten.
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