Children do not come with instruction manuals. And every mother and grandmother around is quick with advice, but what advice can you trust? Some of the best, and most tried and true, advice can be found in parenting books. Books offer a wealth of information in a nice compact space-and they tend to nag less than your mother-in-law.
With the thousands and thousands of parenting books currently on the market, not many people have the money to purchase each and every book. The costs of printing the books rises, and also raises the costs of the books themselves. However, there are many places where you can find parenting information for cheap or even free, without having to call Grandma.
Finding Bargains Online
Online bookstores make it easy to find a parenting book on that specific topic you were looking for. They possess extensive catalogues of hard-to-find books. The best part of online bookstores is they often offer cut-rate prices because they have such a large volume of sales. Some Web sites offer deals where there are no shipping costs if the order is over a certain amount. Other sites have “club" deals where if you pay a set amount each year, you never have to pay shipping on any of your purchases.
You can also find free parenting books to download online. Free e-books can be found through parenting organization Web sites. If you own a PDA or laptop, you can read the e-books anywhere.
Another Person's Trash can be Your Treasure
Yard sales and flea markets can be a treasure trove if you want to find help for parents. Most people sell used paperback books for under a dollar. Goodwill and Salvation Army stores also usually have books for sale cheap. At flea markets you can often buy a whole box of books for a very small price. If you find a lot parenting books at a single booth, you might be able to bargain with the owner to sell them all to you at a bulk price. That's the fun of flea markets and yard sales – no price is ever final.
Also, friends and relatives are great resources for finding a good parenting book or two. If they are parents, they know what worked for them and which books offered the best information. A raid on a friend's bookcase might turn up a parenting book she might be willing to loan you.
Getting a Deal at Bookstores
Finding a good parenting book can often seem like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Don't worry, for there are many places and ways to get a good deal on your purchase.
After the baby comes home, money can be tight, and getting the best deal becomes very important. But you can get a wealth of help for parents in a single book, and you can get that single book at a very low price if you just hunt for the best bargain.
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