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How can I save money on buying school books?

What parent doesn’t dread getting the book list home from school? School books are expensive and change from year to year so hand-me-downs aren’t always possible. However, there are a few ways to ensure you keep costs down when it comes to school books.
Our mums recommend talking to neighbours and friends about setting up a book loaning scheme. There is also a second hand option in most bookstoes so do check with them. While you shouldn't expect them to be in perfect shape, 2nd hand books should be in excellent quality. So before you hand over payment, check that they don't have excessive scribbling, note taking, pages that are ripped or misssing. 
For books that can't be purchased second hand, check the prices in a few places before you buy and always check online as there are great deals to be had! However, if ordering online, order as early as possible to ensure they have arrived well before September.
Some of our mums also recommended asking your school about setting up a book lending scheme which might be available. 
For the books tend not to change your on year such as novels, especially the classics, our mums recommend you ask around. Most people will have a cope of 'Pride and Prejudice' or 'Jane Eyre' gathering dust somewhere in their house. It's also a good idea to check with local second hand stores.
 

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Every parent worries about the cost of buying school books but there are ways to cut the costs. 
The essentials tend to remain the same each year but as your child gets older they may need extra items.

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