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Buy, Swap or Borrow: Money-Saving Tips for Book Lovers

August 27, 2014 |

Confession: I love books. The paper kind, with covers and spines you can touch and pages that you can turn. Yes, e-books may be the cheaper, paper-free wave of the future, (or the present, for that matter) but it will be quite some time before I'll hang up my paper habit. So, what's a book-lover to do? Read More

To Pre-Order or Not to Pre-Order?

August 21, 2014 |

Whether it is a video game, a movie, a book or a box set of your favorite television show, there is bound to be something that gets you excited enough about its upcoming release date that you consider if you should pre-order your copy. With a pre-order you get the benefit of the guarantee. By ordering your copy before the item is actually on sale, you are guaranteeing that there will be a copy of the latest release in that hot video game franchise or much-anticipated final book in a tween trilogy set aside with your name on it. But, does the guarantee come with a price? Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of a pre-order.

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Discounts, Rewards and Grants: Easing Teachers' Back-to-School Costs

August 6, 2014 |

Preparing for the school year ahead can be costly, but parents aren't the only one feeling the financial burn. The National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) reported that K-12 public school teachers in the United States spent $3.2 billion on classroom and other educational supplies over the 2012-2013 school year; $1.6 billion of that figure was spent out-of-pocket. Read More

Summer Reading: Free and Cheap Ways to Get Books

July 7, 2014 |

School’s out and you know what that means – summer reading time! Even if you don’t have kids, summer is a great time to bring some books to the beach and enjoy the outdoors.

But at around $10 a pop, a bookworm can easily spend over $100 on books in the summer. Personally, I’d rather use that money at the farmer’s market or for a great summer concert. Here are some ideas to cut your book spending down so that you can use your summer cash in other ways! Read More

Tips for Teaching Kids to be Smart with Money

April 25, 2014 |

As parents we work hard to teach our kids to read, write and ride a bike. But how much time do we spend teaching them to be smart with money? According to financial guru Dave Ramsey, probably not enough. But teaching your kids to be financially responsible is an incredibly valuable gift that will serve them well the rest of their lives. This week Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze released their new book Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money. Before your kids leave the nest Ramsey and Cruze urge parents to make sure kids learn these five lessons.  Read More

Read Across America + Dr. Seuss Sales Round Up

March 6, 2012 |

Friday, March 2 was Read Across America Day, and the 108th birthday of Dr. Seuss. Sure, I'm a little late to the celebration, but I hope that these sales and coupons at the following stores can help get you and your kids reading throughout the year.Read More

Don't Be Fooled by Borders Liquidation Sales

August 8, 2011 | 2

Everything must go! No reasonable offer refused! Final markdowns taken! You've probably seen signs like these at various going out of business sales. But are the promises too good to be true? Take Border's for instance-- the second largest book retail chain, is now in liquidation. What equated to the final chapter in Border's story could have been a fairytale for bargain hunters as liquidators unloaded millions of merchandise at 399 retail stores. But that's not exactly what shoppers are discovering.

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Post-Harry Potter Blues? 11 Book Series to Check Out

July 22, 2011 |

Post-Harry Potter blues got you down? We understand. When you've read all the Harry Potter books there are to read but are still hungry for more, there's no need to pester J.K. Rowling to add more books to the series. Instead, fans of the young wizard and his magically-gifted schoolmates will find plenty of novels and series that will enchant them. We've compiled a list of these novels and series that will satisfy even the most loyal Harry Potter fans! Read More

Help Your Kids Get Lost--in a Book

July 15, 2011 |

Summer is a great time to read, and many schools require students to complete summer reading assignments to ensure that kids' reading skills get a workout in the summertime.  If your child's not a natural-born bookworm, you both may be dreading these reading assignments.  The last thing you want to do is to turn reading for pleasure into reading for torture.  Try these family-tested tips to help even reluctant readers enjoy getting lost in a book.

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Stingy Scoundrel Phil Villarreal Spills His Secrets to UC

June 28, 2011 | 1

It's probably not too often that picketers show up to protest a personal finance book signing, but when Phil Villarreal saw them Secrets of a Stingy Scoundreloutside the book store where he was signing copies of Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel he was elated. The reason people may find this book of personal finance tips offensive is because Phil wrote it that way. The associate editor at Consumerist, Arizona Daily Star reporter, and OK Magazine film critic decided to add author onto his resume after brainstorming bad ideas for saving money when his wife opted to be a stay-at-home-mom. (Some scandalous tips include dress like a homeless guy to score free food at soup kitchens, fix scratches on DVDs by renting movies you own and swapping them out, and when booking a flight, say you’re heading to a funeral and ask for a discount.) He calls it an "evil robot's approach to personal finance." The book pokes fun of those of us that have a tendency to take frugality to extremes, but scattered throughout are some valid tips and suggestions for saving some serious cash.

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Exploring All of the Free Wonders of Your Local Library

June 1, 2011 | 3

Everyone knows that the library is the number one place to enjoy books for free. But did you know that your local library has numerous other free things for you to enjoy? The local library is a source of education and entertainment that shouldn’t be discounted, especially during the summer months when you are looking for free things to do with the kids!

Each library system is different. Some have more funding than others and can offer more programs. Therefore you will have to check with your own library to see specifically what programs they offer. Some of the free things that many libraries around the nation offer include:

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