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I am always looking for inexpensive ways to get books for my kids because I love to have lots of books available for them to read whenever they would like.
I have spent the last few years accumulating books as cheaply as I could so that my kids would have a variety of books to read in our home. I want to instill a love of reading in them and having books around is key to doing that. We make lots of trips to the library to check out books, but I also want to have books that we own and can read again and again. I love finding great deals on books, so I thought I would share a few of the ways I like to get books for free or very inexpensively.
Five Ways to Get Cheap Books for Kids
1. The most inexpensive way to get books is to use Kellogg’s Family Rewards to earn FREE Scholastic books. This is my favorite option because the books are absolutely free when you buy specially marked products at Wal-Mart.
I wanted to show you how simple and easy it is to get free books, so I headed to my local Wal-Mart and picked up some Kellogg’s cereal and snacks that we would normally buy. My son and husband love to snack on Frosted Mini Wheats and Nutri-Grain bars are a great on the go breakfast for us when we have a busy morning. I was surprised to find that one product = one free, full length Scholastic book and each person can redeem up to 30 books!
When I got home I opened up the box and found the code inside. Then headed to the Kellogg’s Family Rewards website to create an account. I entered my code and then my son and I picked out the books we wanted. He was super excited to find favorites like Clifford, The Magic School Bus and Peppa Pig.
Then we checked out in just few clicks and our books are being shipped to us free of charge! They should get here in 6-8 weeks, although they usually come much sooner than that. I am so excited about this awesome way to get books for our home library!
Also, you can even choose to donate books to your local school. Just pick the school you want to donate to and they will ship it directly to the school in an envelope that says it was generously donated by your family. I just love that!
2. Get books at used book stores. Our local Half Price Books has great deals on used books and if you check out the clearance section you can score even better deals. The other day I got books that were in new condition for only $1.00!
3. Check out thrift stores. This can be hit or miss and books can be in less the ideal condition sometimes, but there also many times when you can find gently used books for great prices. When I was building my classroom library, I went to Goodwill weekly to check for books.
4. Look for used books online. Auction sites like Ebay often have large lots of books for sale for great prices. Usually this is due to a teacher changing grades and selling off all of their old books or a parent selling books their kids have outgrown. I also plan on trying out Thriftbooks soon. There are lots of great book choices and shipping is cheap.
5. Ask for books as gifts. When people inquire as to what your child would like for their birthday or other holidays, tell them books. I’ve also heard of people asking for books in lieu of cards. The giver can write a birthday message in the book and the receiver will also have a book that can be read over and over again. Another thing that we do is give books to our kids for holidays and birthdays. We put one or two in their Easter basket each year. We buy a few at Christmas and birthdays. We even give books at Valentine’s Day. We are already going to be spending money on the kids, so why not spend some of that money building up our home library?
We are very excited to receive our free books from Kellogg’s! In the meantime, we are going to continue to enjoy our favorite Kellogg’s cereal and snacks so that we can earn even more books.