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5 Affordable Ways to Build Your Homeschool Library

A few weeks into homeschooling I realized I needed to step up our book game. We had a fair amount of books but I had plans…..books were going to be a huge part of our everyday homeschool plan. I had to build up our library, fast and affordably!

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Here are 5 affordable ways to build your homeschool library, and keep building it!

#1 The Book Outlet

This is my #1 and FAVORITE way to affordably build my homeschool library! You get great prices on books that are practically new!

Check out Book Outlet here– if this is your first order, you will get $5 off your order of $25 or more, and support my book habit, I will also earn $5 in book credits!

Just an example, my last order I got 22 books for $64.07- Shipped! All books were like new!

From Book Outlet: Bargain books are excess inventory and store returns that we purchased directly from various publishers. We purchased these books for amazing prices and we pass along these savings to our customers by selling them for up to 90% off publisher’s list price. These books are new and in good reading condition and will, in most cases, have a small dot or line on the edge of the book to signify it is a discounted title. In addition, since our books are excess inventory from publishers, there may be very minor wear, tear or bends to the book and this can be expected since some items may have been handled a few times before arriving to us. However, the majority of our books are in good reading condition.

#2 Amazon

How could Amazon not make the list, they have great options for getting books at affordable prices. Books always seem to be on sale, and if they aren’t on sale, then you can normally find a cheaper option from “another seller” but still get it with amazon prime. When I am looking for specific books I always head to amazon and get them for at least 50% less than retail.

For example, the book below retails for $12.99, Amazon already offers it discounted but you can find it even cheaper from other sellers. Click here to see

#3 Costco or Sam’s Club

I really never thought about buying books when I was stocking up on groceries. But, I found great book packs at Costco and Sam’s Club! Most recently I purchased the Roald Dahl 15 book collection for $32, which is $2.13 per book, and Five Nights at Freddy’s 5 book collection (I have a horror fan) for $24, which is $4.80 per book. The 2nd book pack was more of a splurge but still cheaper than buying the books at a book fair. These stores always seem to have rotating series for good prices, an easy way to stock up on a good series!

#4 Facebook Groups

This is a fabulous way to find tons of books for a great price! Shipping is also reasonable because most sellers use media mail shipping. There are tons of groups, even some that are teacher specific which they have huge lots of books to sell. Here is a group that I follow:

Join this group by clicking here!

Lots of posts every day and great prices! You could even sell your old books to break even or make a profit! So….this could technically be FREE!

#5 The Book Bundler

This was our largest and most affordable book haul. We got 35 books for $60 ($20 of that was just shipping). For those math wizs, that’s $1.71 per book! They are used books, but in good condition and totally acceptable for homeschooling. Here is what we got in our first order:

  • 10 Magic Treehouse Chapter Books (8 Paperback & 2 Hardcover)
  • 5 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (All Hardcover)
  • 5 Ask Me Why Science Books (All Hardcover)
  • 5 Who/What Was Educational Series (All Paperback)
  • 5 Captain Underpants Books (All Paperback)
  • 5 I Spy Books (All Hardcover)

This website has great customer service, I happened to get a few duplicate books in my order and all I had to do was send them a message and I got replacements within a week- NO HASSLE. Seriously check them out, they even have huge boxes with over 100 books for a great price. Also, if they aren’t running a sale, use my code to get an extra 15% off your order: ASHLEE02413