If there was one thing that I could do pretty much forever, it’s research curriculum and books for homeschooling.
I love finding new information and I also love books, so I could literally spend hours flipping through curriculum, which I do whenever I go to a homeschool conference.
If I had an unlimited budget I would buy buy buy, possibly even without the intention of using it.
I have a problem.
As I do have a limited homeschool budget, and don’t need to own #allthebooks, here are some places I have found to save money when homeschooling by buying used homeschool curriculum.
How To Save Money On Used Homeschool Curriculum
Before we move on I will add here that most of our curriculum is literature-based, which makes a lot of these options really good for us. If you do a lot of textbook/workbook curriculum some of the options won’t work as well for you.
Tips For Buying Used Homeschool Curriculum Online
- Research beforehand. When you are looking for used homeschool curriculum, there usually isn’t a whole lot of time that you have to consider your purchase. It’s important for you to have done your research to know what you want and how much it’s worth beforehand so that when you find what you want you can grab it quick before point number 2…
- Buying quick. You are not the only person searching for your curriculum. In order to get what you want, you have to be ready to buy or it will get snatched up by someone else. Even in sites like Thriftbooks, I’ve had books in my cart, patted myself on the back for finding them, only to leave them there and come back a couple of days later to see that it’s now out of stock.
- Pay Attention. As part of your research phase before you are ready to buy make sure you know exactly what you want and pay attention to what you are buying. You need to keep in mind things like what edition is it, is it a textbook or workbook, abridged or unabridged, complete set or missing certain things. It’s really easy to get excited when we see the title of what we are looking for but don’t forget to check everything about it before you buy. If you are buying from websites you may be able to return, but when you are buying from the individuals that usually won’t be the case.
- Make a List. One of the best things you can do when you are searching for certain books is to make a list and always have it with you. Whether it’s a paper list or a list you keep on your phone, having a list is great for when you go places and try to remember what you need. This will allow you to quickly scan shelves for the exact titles you are looking for instead of going back and forth because you aren’t sure if a book is the right one.
Where To Buy Used Curriculum Online
I feel like this is one of the best-kept secrets on the internet, and I kinda don’t want to share because we might want the same books (but we can still be friends). I have been using this site a lot lately and have been very happy with my purchases. This is a great place to get literature, free reads, and books for mom.
I have only ever had a few books that weren’t in good condition to show up. I hear they have a really good refund policy. So if you get a book that is falling apart or isn’t in the condition as described, make sure you reach out to them.
Ebay is a great place to find used curriculum for sale. This would be a great place if you are using textbooks. With eBay, you can either bid on something or find listings that are “buy it now.”
I always perfer the buy it now option if the price is right because I don’t want to mess around with bidding and most likely I will just forget when the auction is ending. This could also be a great place to sell your curriculum if you know you won’t need something anymore.
AbeBooks is another site where you can find used books from numerous sellers. I haven’t used this site but it looks like another great option to search for books. It seems pretty comparable with Thriftbooks price-wise.
Facebook B/S/T Groups
Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade groups are a great place for getting great deals on books and curriculum. Most operate on a first come first serve basis so if you want something specific you will have to check the group fairly regularly to be the first one to comment.
Most major curriculums will have their own groups as well if you have a specific curriculum you are looking for. This makes it easier to find books that go along with a certain curriculum. Just like with ebay this is a good place to sell unwanted/needed curriculum.
It’s easy to forget, but Amazon can actually be a great place to buy used homeschool curriculum. Amazon allows third-party sellers on their site so even if they themselves don’t sell the curriculum you can still list it and sell it.
One of the great things about buying used from Amazon is that you can feel good about not getting ripped off. You can always make a claim if you have a problem and some sellers even ship through Amazon, which means free two-day shipping if you have prime.
Where To Find Used Homeschool Curriculum Near Me
Half Price Books
Half Price Books is another good place to find used books. As the name implies, usually the books you find are going to be in good condition and they are half the price of new books.
I haven’t ordered anything online from them, but have been to the actual store a number of times and always find some great books that I need for the school year.
If you are looking for classics you can usually always find them here. I recommend checking this place out with your book list and then use some of the other places mentioned to finish off your list.
Local Curriculum Swaps
Local curriculum swaps are where you get together with other people and their unwanted curriculum and swap for what you need. This will work best if you are swapping with other people who use your curriculum.
Most people think of going to homeschool conventions to find and buy new homeschool curriculum. While is a good place to do that, many homeschool conventions will have a used curriculum sale during the event where you can buy and sell your used curriculum.
Usually, though, this is part of your ticket price for going to the conference, so this option may only be worth looking into if you were already planning to go to a convention.
This is another one of my favorite ways to stock up on our books for school. Library sales are going to be one of the cheapest ways to find used books, plus you will get to look at them before you buy so you can decide if it’s in good condition.
Try using the site Book Sale Finder to locate library books sales + other places having book sales as well near you.
Used Book Stores
Any used book store is probably worth checking out. I noted Half Price Books above because they are a nationwide company, but don’t discount little mom and pop shops that you come across.
A quick Google search will help you find used bookstores around you.
Thrift stores are a great place to look for used homeschool curriculum. Most likely you are going to be finding more literature selections than textbooks or workbooks, but you never know.
Most thrift stores will have a book section so make sure to check it out. It’s easy to forget about thrift stores when looking for used books, which means you may be able to score some great finds!
Where Can I Buy Used Homeschool Curriculum?
When you take a look around, there are lots of options when it comes to finding used homeschool books. While I would love to buy shiny new books every year, let’s be serious, new books require a big chunk of change.
Buying used books means that you can buy a whole lot more for a fraction of the price, plus it means if it gets wrecked it’s not as big of a deal. If a glass of water or juice gets spilled on a $1 book compared to a $15 or $20 book, it’s a whole lot easier to deal with. You will be able to find a replacement for less than the cost of a new one.
There are so many different places you can look online and in your area for used homeschool curriculum. As homeschooling becomes a more popular option for schooling, the more places there will be to find used homeschool curriculum.
Where are your favorite places to get used books for homeschooling?
Theresa is a homeschooling mom of 7. An entrepreneur at heart, I started working from home while balancing the responsibilities of homeschooling. My mission is to help other large families moms balance their responsibilities while also living a life they love.