Each week, I’ll present a different resource that will help you in your endeavors to teach your preschooler at home as cheaply as possible, or even better – FREE! Or, I’ll introduce you to another great website to assist you in living an abundant life on a not-so-abundant budget. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s fine pick!


Paperback Swap

This week’s resource can belong under the category of “frugal sites” AND “preschool sites.”  
You’ll always see a link on the right sidebar for PaperbackSwap.com because I love it! And I’m not just saying that because I get a free book referral credit just for referring you (yes, I know, that is a nice perk). Really, it’s a great website. I decided to feature it this week because I think more people should be aware of what this site has to offer.
Basically, you list 10 books that you have that you want to get rid of. They can be paperback, hardback, large print, or even books on tape/CD. Then, you get an instant 2 book credits – in other words, you’ll immediately be able to use the website to request 2 books from other members – you usually receive the books within a couple of weeks (depending on how quick the other member is in getting it into the mail). When someone requests a book from you, all you do is print out the postage directly from your computer (usually costs around $2.50), wrap your book with plastic wrap and then the printed postage, and mail it directly from your home mailbox. You’ll instantly get another book credit once you’ve mailed the book! The only cost to you is the postage for mailing your own books that you’re sending out. You don’t have to pay anything when you request one.
I’ve been a member for almost a year, and I love getting books, reading them, then reposting them to the site so I can get a new one! I just recently ordered “Angels and Demons” for my husband, and “Elliot Bakes a Cake” for Laynie. I’ve never had any problems with the site, although one time a book seemed to take forever to get to me, but I did eventually receive it. The books I’ve ever gotten have all been previously read, but still in good condition. It’s great for me, because I can never finish a book from the library before it’s due back! Here, there’s no deadline to return it because the book is yours to keep if you want to.
Are you a member? Be my “buddy” (dhipwell)! What do you think about it?
Do you have a great suggestion for a preschool resource or a frugal-living website? Please email me and let me know!