These are some ideas someone posted in another group about how to help families buy or get the books they need. I just thought I would post it here, in case it could help you. Use it if it does :)...
Ideas to Afford Books for Vanguard
- Start by praying that Heavenly Father will open a way and guide you how to get the books
- Library – Check early and put them on hold
- Buy used books online (Amazon or other used sites have them starting around $4 including shipping). On Amazon check the fine print under the regular price.
- E-books are often cheaper than paper books
- Take your book list to the DI or other thrift stores. If you see extra copies pick them up and offer the deal to others
- Sell pizza cards or another fund raiser that allows you to use the funds for education. Ashley Baird sells them from Papa Murphy’s. You can buy them for $1 and sell them for whatever price you want, like $7 or $10.
- Sign up for an Amazon credit card (and then you can cancel it later) – they give you an instant $50 of books free
- When there’s a choice of buying or using a free online book, choose the free one
- Have your teen get a part-time job to help earn money for books (paper route, bagging groceries)
- Put the word out using email or Facebook to family and friends to see if they have certain books that you can borrow
- Ask another family in Vanguard if you can share books – maybe switch books mid-week
- Sign up for Harmony Education or MyTechHigh or another “charter school” that helps with homeschool costs. Harmony gives $300-400 reimbursement per student plus other reimbursement for curricula, and a lending library.
- See if your husband can pick up a few extra hours at work
Marni Hall from the Kaysville Vanguard group offered another great website where she loves to find used books at great deals!
- One more...Book trading. I've been using this site for years and get a lot of my books this way. There are several of this year's books available for the taking.Here is the info about it...
All you have to do is create an account for FREE, list your books that you are ready to share, and send them out to other members when they are requested. Yes, you pay the postage to send your books out (between 2 and 3 dollars for an average-sized book), BUT you get a Book Credit for sending each book (each Book Credit is good for one book - you can order from any member in the club), AND when you request books for yourself, the senders pay the postage to send those books to you.
It costs nothing to participate, except for postage - there are no membership fees. You even get 2 startup Book Credits free if you are the first account at your household - you can use those credits to order 2 books for yourself, right away!
Give your books a better life - no more languishing on dusty bookshelves! Find new readers for them and get new books for yourself. Send a book, get a book. It's easy and it's free!
Jen is a good friend to let you in on this! If you do sign up, please use the following link:
If you use the link above to join and you become an active member, Jen will get a free Book Credit for referring you to the club!
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