Rita Book

My kids watch too much TV. They probably eat too many processed foods. I'm sure I don't play with them as often as I should (because I have a personal quota of how many hours per week I can pretend to be a praying mantis, a unicorn, or Widget from "Wow Wow Wubbzy"). But one thing I DO enjoy doing with my boys? Reading. We read all the time. I think it's because I'm something of a book nerd myself. The first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant with Colin - besides, like, nearly crapping my pants in disbelief - was rush out to buy a children's book, which I read religiously to my stomach. (I know. But it was my first baby - you know how it is.)

So last night I went to Hy-Vee to get a little break from the chaos some groceries, and you can imagine my overwhelming delight when I came upon a whole bin of children's books. Good books. Hardcover books. Even better? They were marked down 50%. And even better than that? There was a sign that screamed, "Take 50% off the already-reduced sticker price!"

Y'all? I think I almost fainted - I know I felt a little swoony. I love me some books, and I love me some bargains, and you put those things together and it's almost too much for me to handle. And then the man in the Hy-Vee uniform came over and was all, "Uh, ma'am? Please don't stand in the book bin any more. If you'd like to look, please just lean over the side."

I'm kidding, but seriously, if I could've stood in the book bin I totally would have. I rummaged through the books with trembling hands. It was like panning for gold and hitting the jackpot and not knowing which beautiful nugget to grab first. I got a hardcover book about bugs for Colin - retail value $17.99 - for $2.50. TWO FIFTY, Y'ALL. And that wasn't my only wonderful find. Colin just brought a book order form home from school (this type) the other day and I saw several of the same books in the bargain bin, hardcover, for cheaper than the softcover versions in the order form. Of course, I snatched those up.

I ended up spending $20 more than my original grocery budget, but it was on books, so I figure that evens out somehow (heh. Maybe that's why I'm always broke). And yes, I'm aware that this is a pretty lame topic to blog about - but you know when you get a deal you're excited about, you just wanna scream it from the rooftops? Yeah. This was that kind of deal.

PS - if you're a children's book freak lover like me, another great place to find good ones for cheap is yard sales.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I know I will ... the boys and I have lots of new reading material. :)   



  1. I love reading and sadly, it is one of the few "playtime" activities that I actually enjoy doing with my kids. Art time is good. Other than that "playtime" is about as much fun for me as dining out with the children (all the equivilant of jamming a fork into my thigh). I find great children's books at a used book store in town. They are between 2 and 4 bucks. Guess what Thing 2 got a bunch of for his birthday? Yep! Used books! I'm a great mom.

  2. Ooo I LOVE finding books that are on sale. You got great deals. I'm jealous!

  3. I love book bargains! Our local library has great book sales - that's where I got our two favorite Halloween books that I love to read to your boys. Developing a love of reading is SO important, and you're doing a great job of it!

  4. Just saw your "Dude Life" pic on Parenting by Dummies and loved it! I too have 3 boys and feel relief when dad is home to buffer some of the rough and tough energy that abounds!
    Following ya!

  5. I hear ya sista! OMG! I love to curl up and read a good book!


  6. No. It's the perfect thing to blog about. I am excited for you.


  7. I love books too. My problem is what to do with them now that the shelf is over-full and the room is way too small...

  8. I do the same thing for Drake. He has a great love of books now too and that makes me happy. And they are BOOKS - hardback, bound, colorful, textured BOOKS. I understand that technology moves on and we are going to be electronic in the future with Nooks and Kindles, but I can't help it, I love books, the kind you hold, touch and feel as well as read. An electronic reader can't give me the thrill just like you just wrote about.

  9. Yeah, I'm a sucker for bargains and books as well. Can never have too many of either!

  10. I don't read much, but I could spend hours at the book store! and love to browse the bargain books that are in supermarkets, too....go figure.......thx for the link (and glad the book stack was useful to your article!) :D

  11. $2.50?! I'm excited for you! I love wandering the aisles at the book stores--used or new. But I only buy from the sale racks. I think you can never have too many! The whole shelf in Lilly's closet is filled with books already. We're ridiculous. lol. Most of them we already had before I was even pregnant.


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