Homeschool Hacks is a blog series about innovative and fun ways homeschooling families can save money and find opportunities for maximizing learning. Today we're going to talk about my most newly discovered hack: Half Price Books.
You guys, Half Price Books has been one of my favorite stores since high school. I am a huge book nerd...I literally have dozens of boxes of books I haven't read in years because I can't bare parting with them. It is the one thing that I can't help but hoard. Because my appetite for reading is so insatiable, I really don't like paying twenty dollars a book at Barnes & Nobles (although I will if it's really awesome), especially when I know the author is making very little of that very large price tag. (I'd rather spend my money on self-published books and know my dollars are going straight to the source.) So, Half Price Books is a match made in heaven for someone like me. I can go in with a twenty dollar bill and come out with several hours worth of reading material.
I also lived in East Texas for a few years, where Half Price sadly didn't exist. Since moving to Corpus Christi I've been to my local store four or five times and always walked straight past the Education isle without even realizing it. Well, last time our family visited, I happened to see the sign out of the corner of my eye on the way to the Metaphysical section (where you'll usually find me) and made a pit stop. I'm so thankful I noticed. Look at all the stuff I got....
That's quite a homeschool haul! I literally got 8 books for $14. All of these books were on the clearance shelf, including a three volume Saxon Math Teaching Manual for Second Grade teachers. This is what teachers use in classrooms, so it is very extensive. In fact, it was so heavy that I could barely carry it over to the cart. The binders are overloaded with lesson plans. When I looked up the price online, a similar used book in another grade was on Amazon, for almost $30 for one book. The price for a new one was $128! I got all three for $3. The only thing that's missing is the classroom worksheets, which I simply reproduce by hand from the answer key found at the back of each lesson packet. Easy Peasy. I literally saved hundreds of dollars on this one.
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So, next time you guys find yourself in a Half Priced Books, or any used book store for that matter, make sure you ask if they have homeschool material for sale, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Have you guys found deals like this anywhere? Let us know in the comments below!