MSMI have a weakness for children’s books; I can’t help but swing through the book section whenever I see one in a store and usually end up buying one or two (or five) to add to our ever-growing library. But this love can add up after a while, and as much as I hate to put a dollar amount on something that is so beneficial to my kiddos, let’s be real: kids are rough on books, and books can’t always take the beatings. I don’t want to keep shelling out a lot of money on books that end up ripped to pieces, chewed apart, or with pages so crinkled they’re unreadable.

Luckily, there are ways to save when it comes to adding to your library! Some of my favorite places to scoop up books for the boys include…

1) The Goodwill. Kids books typically cost $0.99 each (you can’t beat that!) and while you can’t guarantee you’ll find a specific book, the selection is usually pretty good and changes daily. I’ve had a lot of luck finding books in excellent condition (Dr. Seuss, Berenstain Bears and Little Critter in particular) and you can usually find some pretty unique things, including older books that are no longer in print. The biggest downside is that you can’t be sure what you’ll find on any given day, so you might have to make frequent trips to find some true treasures.

2) Consignment Stores & Sales. Prices here tend to be a little higher than at the Goodwill, but the selection is usually bigger and the books tend to be in a bit better shape overall.

3) Clearance Racks. Yes, stores do put books on clearance! I find Target puts their clearance books mixed in on the shelves (and labeled with stickers) or located on an endcap in the electronics section. Other stores (Home Goods, Wal-Mart) have clearance shelves or racks where you can find books. While the selection is usually minimal, you can get some great prices if you’re willing to look often (and really, who needs an excuse to be at Target regularly?)

4) TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods. These stores have a great selection (particularly around the holidays) and their prices are cheaper than in a book store. Again you can’t always guarantee they’ll have what you’re looking for, but you’re bound to find something you like.

5) Library Sales. The library has racks of books up for sale for usually under a dollar. The selection – and condition of the books – may be lacking, but if you dig you might find some great deals.

6) Amazon. My #1 online shopping destination, Amazon almost always has the best price and selection. Sign up for Amazon Prime for free two-day shipping (totally worth the cost of signing up!) You can also sign up via Amazon Mom.

Any other places to find great deals on books?